LPope Francis once again praised the merits of parenting and adoption during a public visit to the Vatican on Wednesday, lamenting that pets “sometimes take the place of children”.
“Today, there is a form of selfishness. We find that some people do not want to have children. Sometimes they have one, that’s all, but they have dogs and cats that take the place of children. It may make you laugh, but it’s true, “said Pope Benedict XVI during the first weekly public meeting of the year.
According to him, “it denies fatherhood and motherhood and degrades us and robs us of our humanity.” Therefore, “civilization ages inhumanely because we lose the richness of father and motherhood, and it is the fatherland that suffers,” said the Sovereign Pope before the pilgrims gathered in Room VI.
The Pope called on childless couples to “think about adoption.” “It is always dangerous to have a child, but there is a greater risk of not having a child, in denying the father,” he called on believers to “do not be afraid.”
Jorge Mario Bergoglio has already condemned on several occasions the “winter of the population” and the “dramatic” decline in the birth rate.
At the end of the audience, as usual, the Pope attended a circus number of performances by clowns, dancers and musicians, in a festive and humorous setting, in contrast to the sacred setting of the Vatican.