Pope Francis accused pet lovers of being selfish because they have pets but do not want to start a family and have children. This was reported by The Guardian on Wednesday, January 5.
The Vatican head said that “replacing” children with pets “humiliates us and deprives us of humanity.” He added that people are abandoning the preservation of the values of motherhood and fatherhood, which could lead to the withering of civilization.
“Today we see this form of selfishness. We see that some people don’t want to have a child. Sometimes they have one, but they also have dogs and cats to replace children,” he noted.
According to the head of the Roman Catholic Church, if a couple cannot have children for biological reasons, they should consider adoption.
On Jan. 1, the pontiff called for caring for mothers and protecting women. He noted that to hurt a woman is an insult to God.
In late December, Pope Francis compared domestic violence against women to “diabolical” cruelty.