The Catholic leader blames them for robbing the world of ‘the richness of fatherhood and motherhood’
Speaking at the Vatican, Pope Francis has criticized individuals who let pets “take the place of children” for leaving civilization “without humanity,” saying they deprive society of “the richness of fatherhood and motherhood.”
The Pope’s address to a general audience on Wednesday risked sparking the anger of childless pet owners by once again taking aim at their decision to avoid parenthood.
He was photographed touching dogs, baby panthers, and tigers, which led to his condemnation. The Pope had even a baby lamb wrapped around his shoulders during the Epiphany 2014.
However, Pope Francis argued that pet owners who don’t want children and choose instead to keep them as pets are more humane. “form of selfishness.”
“Sometimes they have one, and that’s it, but they have dogs and cats that take the place of children. This may make people laugh but it is a reality,”“The pontiff spoke.
Because we lose the riches of motherhood and fatherhood, civilization ages without humanity. It is this country that suffers.
The Pope’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, was known to be a fan of cats, owning a black-and-white feline called Chico. Francis doesn’t seem to be able to keep pets in his Vatican apartment.
Referring to couples who are not biologically capable of having their own children the pontiff said that people should have individual children. “not be afraid”Adoption is a great way to start parenthood.
“Having a child is always a risk, but there is more risk in not having a child, in denying paternity,” Pope Francis said, reiterating concerns he raised in 2014 that not having kids is a “phenomenon of cultural degradation.”
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