From the Vatican there is sharp criticism that many couples keep dogs and cats instead of children
– “So many couples don’t have children because they don’t want one,” said Pope Francis.
– He criticized the fact that in many families pets would take the place of children.
At his first general audience in 2022, Pope Francis found clear words about the falling birth rate in Italy and general childlessness.
The decision to adopt is a commitment to the highest form of love, he said.
In his first general audience in 2022 on Boxing Day, the head of the Roman Catholic Church had already spoken of a “demographic winter” when the Italian birth rate, which had fallen again, was published.
According to media reports, the number of births in Italy has fallen by 29.8 percent since 2009.
Civilization is getting older and older and it lacks humanity because one loses the wealth of parenting, warned Francis on Wednesday.
A country without children suffers.
He is quoted as saying:
“Many couples don’t have children because they don’t want to, or they only have one because they don’t want to anymore, but they have two dogs, two cats … Yes, dogs and cats take the place of children.”
“Civilization is getting older and older and it lacks humanity because one loses the wealth of parenting”, warned Francis on Wednesday.
He understands that this would make people laugh, but “that’s the reality,” said Pope Francis.
In this context also belongs the social criticism in connection with animals, “which are received like real ‘children’ and are often treated as such”.
He also stated: “The denial of motherhood and fatherhood makes us small, it takes away humanity.”
The Catholic leader emphasized: “Having children is the fullness of a person’s life.”
“A country without children suffers”, emphasized the pontiff in his general audience: “Whoever lives and marries in the world must remember to have children”.
And I mean…The representative of God on earth has to define exactly in which corner of the world the population should grow.
Because a child in Europe is, because of its high consumption, much more harmful to the climate than a child who is now growing up in Kenya or Tanzania.
But … If Dad is interested in children, then we would know a better field of activity.
My best regards to all, Venus