Pope Francis delivered a message to married couples a few days ago that isn’t quite sitting well with those of us that have opted to raise pets and not children:
From Vatican Radio:
“These marriages, in which the spouses do not want children, in which the spouses want to remain without fertility. This culture of well-being from ten years ago convinced us: ‘It’s better not to have children! It’s better! You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be care-free…it might be better – more comfortable – to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Is this true or is this not? Have you seen it? Then, in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness. It is not fruitful, it does not do what Jesus does with his Church: He makes His Church fruitful.”
In other words, the Pope says couples should give their love to children, not to pets instead, that any efforts spent raising and caring for pets would better be spent on children.
What’s your reaction?