Pope Francis has called couples who decide to have pets over children “selfish” and instructed people in countries with declining populations. People should breed more, he says!
“The Church must stand against the selfishness that is throughout our society today,” said Father V Dollard during his speech at Vatican City on Wednesday. He went on to say how some people do not want children even though they may have one; instead, these individuals prefer pets like cats or dogs over real-life scenarios with generations from now in mind-but he wasn’t finished! The priest continued by discussing what this new form of forbears us as humans – which you’ll find out below…
“Today, we see a form of selfishness that is spreading like wildfire. It’s everywhere you look- from people who do not want to have children at all and are only interested in their careers or social status; those with none left but plenty already on hand regardless (though these may be cats instead); even requiring sterilization for those whose lives revolve around workaholicism rather than childbearing because they know how hard pregnancy can take sometimes!”
The Pope argued that a couple’s decision to remain childless is not only selfish but also leads the world in an irreversible direction.
“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,” he continued.
Saint Joseph, you who loved Jesus with fatherly love, be close to the many children who have no family and who long for a daddy and mommy. Support the couples who are unable to have children, help them to discover, through this suffering, a greater plan. #GeneralAudience
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 5, 2022
His comments struck an unkind note, with many people taking to social media networks for their to call out the childless leader of Catholicism.
How many children does the Pope have, again? Sounds a little hypocritical if you ask me. https://t.co/9L0ff9HcuJ
— DJ Cthulhu 🐙🎧 (@RealDJCthulhu) January 5, 2022
the Pope is clearly clueless about what it takes to have kids. What would he know? why should people be thrust into poverty to have children? That's what frequently happens. Consciously deciding not to have kids is noble. https://t.co/CpLYmIXxFo
— KnowYourObama (@KnowYourObama) January 5, 2022
People of all ages and backgrounds are called upon to have children. In his address, Pope Francis also suggested that couples who cannot biologically reproduce should consider adoption as an option for them personally or on behalf of their country’s underpopulated population categories like the elderly or disabled individuals requiring caretakers in society- but he made sure not too sound preachy about procreation because there is no shame if you can’t get pregnant!
The Pontiff went on to say” don’t be afraid” to bring life into this world when nature calls us faced with infertility struggles.”
“Having a child is always a risk, but there is more risk in not having a child, in denying paternity,” he said, referencing a “demographic winter” – possibly referring to countries with declining birth rates.
With Canada’s birth rate steadily declining, it is a trend seen across much of the western world.
In 2008 there were 1 million fewer babies born than in 2007 – mirroring an international slump that has been gathering momentum since before World War II when fertility rates began to fall due to increasing opportunities for women outside their homes and higher divorce rates among couples who wanted or needed more space with which they could establish new lives separate from those commitments associated not just pregnancy but also raising children once already parents themselves (i).
In 2008, Canada had a birth rate of 9.3 births per 1000 people – but by 2014 that number has fallen to 7.2 babies born for every thousand citizens in the country! The trend is consistent with many other western nations; between 2007 and 2011 worldwide it was estimated over half (54%)of all countries experienced declining fertility rates due largely economic uncertainty around income security policies such as unemployment insurance or social safety nets like health care spending which can prevent families from being able to take risks on expanding their family size. Despite these worrying trends, some places still seem relatively untouched – including Iceland where couples are having five times more children than ten years ago
The global pandemic has caused a significant decrease in the birth rate, from 1.47 children per woman last year to just under one this season – an all-time low!
With a decline of 3.6 percent, the number living in Canada has never been lower than it is now – 358604! This year’s figure marks an all-time low for this decade and suppresses any hope that maybe things are getting better soon because if you think back far enough there were even fewer birthrates when people first started recording them so what does history say might happen next?
Mary-Ann Murphy, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia who specializes in aging and demographics told Global News last year that Canada is experiencing what she calls “the opposite baby boom” due to COVID -19 pandemic.
Women are putting careers before children in their quest to find the American dream.
Women now spend more time working and less on raising a family, according to new research from Pew Research Center. The survey of 2 million people shows that many women feel like they need two careers: one for income support as well as another stream where possible so it will always provide enough money but also give them flexibility when needed at home or outside work hours due to caregiving duties if there’s an elderly relative needing assistance ́caring’ which often goes hand-in-hand with having your kids.
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