Citing birth rate statistics in Italy and the United States, Pope Francis stated on June 2nd that couples who forgo child rearing to own pets are dooming themselves to an old age of loneliness. [I know I've wanted to scream out the window at couples walking dogs "make babies, you losers!"]
Indeed birth rates across the Western world have fallen steadily over the past few hundred years , but especially in recent times, to far below replacement levels. In the USA they have been falling more and more slowly since the “end” of the financial crisis, but remain relatively abysmal.
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“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 not? Have you seen it?” Stated the pontificate, ““You can go explore the world, go on vacation, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be carefree,”
“Then, in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness ”
Francis said without qualification that Jesus Christ would not approve of childless marriages. “There are things that Jesus doesn’t like — [couples] who don’t want children, who want to be without fruitfulness.”
“Married life must be persevering, because otherwise love cannot go forward,” Francis said.