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  • Writer's pictureDemi Lynch

The Pope Claims Couples That Choose To Have Pets Over Kids Are 'Selfish'



According to Pope Francis, couples that choose not to have children are ‘selfish.’


While speaking to an audience at the Vatican, the Pope spoke about how people “should not be afraid” to embark on parenthood.


“This denial of fatherhood or motherhood diminishes us, it takes away our humanity,” he says, “civilisation grows old without humanity because we lose the richness of fatherhood and motherhood, and it is the country that suffers.”


During his speech he continued to say that couples that cannot biologically have children should foster or adopt children like Joseph did for Jesus.


"This kind of choice is among the highest forms of love, and of fatherhood and motherhood,” he says, "how many children in the world are waiting for someone to take care of them?!”


 

As you can imagine, people were not thrilled with the Pope's comments.


Why?


Because people are not obligated to have children.


Raising a child takes a lot of money, time and can be incredibly strenuous on one's mental health.


You wouldn't force someone to own a cat if they hate being around cats.


Nor would you force someone to own a dog if they don't have the finances to properly care for one.


So why would you force someone to have babies?


Why would you force someone to make a lifelong financial commitment that they didn't even want?


Imagine if the world told this childless man that he must raise a child while being the Pope.


So my dear Pope Francis, childless people do not need you commenting on our lifestyle choices.


We don't judge you for joining an institution that has a long history of homophobia, sexism and sexual abuse.


So quit the judgement!


 

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