Pet Parents React To Pope's Remarks: Choosing Pets Over Kids is Selfish January 11 2022, 7 Comments

A statement made by Pope Francis during a general audience at the Vatican is facing some backlash from pet owners: that couples who opt to have pets instead of children are being selfish. 

"We see that people do not want to have children, or just one and no more. And many, many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or they have just one -- but they have two dogs, two cats ... Yes, dogs and cats take the place of children," the Pope Francis said.

"Yes, it's funny, I understand, but it is the reality. And this denial of fatherhood or motherhood diminishes us, it takes away our humanity. And in this way civilization becomes aged and without humanity, because it loses the richness of fatherhood and motherhood. And our homeland suffers, as it does not have children."

With plenty of pet owners happily referring to themselves as pet parents, it wasn't long before reactions from pet parents around the globe came pouring in:





This Doodle had a very salient point:



And the piglet parents had something to say, too!



You can almost hear the collective cracking of knuckles over keyboards:


Others pointed out that some saintly predecessors may disagree:


Pope Francis' namesake is Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. 


Are you a pet parent? What was your reaction to Pope Francis' criticism? Let us know!