The Pope has that people who to have pets instead of children were selfishly. Pope Francis was worshippers in Rome. He told his audience that substituting children for pets was a "denial of fatherhood and motherhood". He added: "Today, we a form of selfishness. We see that some people do not want to have a child. Sometimes they have just one, and that's it, but they dogs and cats that the place of children." Pope Francis couples to adopt children. He said: "We must not afraid to choose the path of adoption, to take the risk of welcoming children. Having a child is always a risk, but there more risk in not having a child."
It is not the first time Pope Francis has out on this topic. In 2014, he said choosing pets over children was detrimental to our future. He it a "phenomenon of cultural degradation". He that the emotional relationship with pets was "easier" than the "complex" relationship with children. In continuing this theme, he the downward trend in birth rates across many countries a "demographic winter". Not everyone with the Pope's comments. The New York Post out the contradiction of Francis his name from St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. It added: "Dogs us more human. They us better. Dogs, I , are superior to most people."