Senator Vicente Sotto III dismissed the notion that Pope Francis said the people don’t have to breed “like rabbits” in order to be good Catholics.

In recent media reports, the pontiff was quoted saying, “Some people think that – excuse my expression here – that in order to be good Catholics we have to be like rabbits … No. Parenthood is about being responsible. This is clear.”

Sotto is skeptical whether the pope has made that statement and believed it may have been taken out of context.

“Somebody invented it. Somebody invented the statement,” he said. “It’s out of character for him to say that.”

He even challenged the people to release the actual soundbite and video of the pope making the statement.

The senator, however, believed that Pope Francis called for responsible parenting while stating that his beliefs are consistent with the practice and beliefs of the Catholic Church.

Sotto, who called himself “a very religious person,” strongly opposed the reproductive health bill when it was debated in the Senate.

On his successful papal visit, Pope Francis stood firm on the Church’s stance against artificial contraception and promoted church-approved ways to regulate births.

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