Pope criticizes couples who adopt pets instead of children

Source: Fox News

“Pope Francis on Wednesday branded couples who adopt pets instead of children as ‘selfish’ as part of a call to resolve the ‘demographic winter’ that the West faces. The pope addressed a general audience on the topic of parenthood and called on people to have more children as the West faces a declining population. The pandemic, in particular, saw a sharp decline, with the U.S. alone recording a 7% drop in the national birthrate in 2020, UPI reported. ‘Today … we see a form of selfishness,’ the pope said. ‘We see that some people do not want to have a child. Sometimes they have one, and that’s it, but they have dogs and cats that take the place of children.'” (01/05/22)