I have to believe something here was lost in translation:
Pope Benedict said Saturday that low birth rates in Canada are the result of the "pervasive effects of secularism" and asked the country's bishops to counter the trend by preaching "with passion" the truth of Christ.
Because, as we all know, there's no one better to give you advice on dealing with a low birth rate than someone who's taken a lifelong vow of celibacy.
Or maybe it's the gays' fault. That must be it.