Life News reports:

During his weekly General Audience message, Pope Francis urged couples to have children, saying those who choose to have pets instead are hurting themselves and society.

CNN reports the pope encouraged childbearing and adoption Wednesday in his message about Joseph, the adopted father of Jesus.

“Having a child is always a risk, either naturally or by adoption,” Pope Francis said. “But it is riskier not to have them. It is riskier to deny fatherhood or to deny motherhood, be it real or spiritual.”

Too many couples are choosing not to have children, and some are filling the relationship gap with pets instead, he said. These choices are creating a “demographic winter” in countries across the world where populations are aging and the elderly have no one to care for them, he continued, according to Vatican News. Birth rates are down in most of Europe, Asia and the United States, so much so that some countries now are offering incentives to encourage couples to have more children.

“We see that people do not want to have children, or just one and no more,” the pope said. “And many, many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or they have just one — but they have two dogs, two cats …

“Yes, dogs and cats take the place of children,” the pope said. “Yes, it’s funny, I understand, but it is the reality. And this denial of fatherhood or motherhood diminishes us, it takes away our humanity. And in this way civilization becomes aged and without humanity, because it loses the richness of fatherhood and motherhood. And our homeland suffers, as it does not have children.”

For couples who cannot have children, the pope encouraged adoption, telling them, “How many children in the world are waiting for someone to take care of them.”

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Fred
Fred
7 months ago

Yet Pope Satan WILL NOT CONDEMN ABORTION

Jawad
Jawad
7 months ago

This time he is right: too many think that a pet is an ersatz child and Christian nations suffer declining birth rates. If only he would denounce all the other horrible things he seems to support or condone.

Jane
Jane
7 months ago

Pope Francis is SOOO right! This is what Biden and his ilk want….no AMERICAN children to be born – just abort a human who YOU conceived by your own actions – Biden only wants illegal immigrants so that they can turn our country into a Socialist country.

Last edited 7 months ago by Jane
Metoo
Metoo
7 months ago

Spain just came out and declared pets to be treated similar to children in divorces. So, the Pope is right to speak of married people having children.

Felix Ignacio Garcia
Felix Ignacio Garcia
7 months ago

I totally agree with the Pope on this issue. I’ts true, but he needs to also condemn abortion.

AZtejas41
AZtejas41
7 months ago

Sorry. but you, who has no children should be the last to comment. Pastors without children have little to add to the raising of children to live in a very confusing world. A spiritual relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the most important lessons that can be taught. You seem to fail in that area also, but as to being a productive human being in a world that continues to try to destroy Christianity, you completely fail. You should resign.

AZtejas41
AZtejas41
7 months ago

I did not comment on the pope’s pet issue. I wonder if he has a pet? Probably not, then I have to ask if he has statistical data to support his contentions? Again probably not. Most humans need companionship to support their life in this world. The first choice of folks in last century was a child. There is only one relationship you can have that surpasses the one you can have with your children and Grand children. That is the one you can have with our Lord Jesus Christ. The choice of pets has been prevalent in those that are too old to have children.
For the last 80 years there has been a constant on both of these relationships. If the pope wants to be effective in his role, he should address both. A good start would be a head on attack on the Pro-Death (abortion) organizations. Then within the church, he could create lessons on the fulfillment, Children bring to a family. A good start would be in the Jesuit controlled Catholic educational organizations. That would or should include a direct attack on K-12 schools, Colleges and Universities that teach programs like Critical Race Theory.
I won’t hold my breath waiting for any of this to take place.