2023-05-15 20:55:11 UTC
"Pope Francis created an international press frenzy last year when he shared his candid thoughts on choosing pets over kids.
During a gathering at the Vatican in January 2022, he criticized couples who avoid having children, arguing that it’s selfish and harmful to the whole world.
His comments spread like wildfire across social media, as The New York Times noted in its coverage of the remarks.
Many people were angry at the pope for downplaying the emotional and monetary costs of having kids, while others praised him for promoting parenthood. Still others wondered why the Catholic leader wouldn’t encourage people to say yes to both pets and children.
“It is strange to think that the pope considers love in our lives to be limited in quantity, and that giving it to someone takes it away from others,” said Massimo Comparotto, the president of the Italian branch of the International Organization for the Protection of Animals, to The New York Times.
On Friday, Pope Francis waded once again into these controversial waters, when he spoke about Italy’s declining birthrate.
Appearing alongside Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni, the pope once again called young pet owners “selfish” and argued that government leaders and others must work to reverse birthrate trends. "