Pope Francis on Wednesday emphasized the crisis of low birth rates and said couples bypassing children for pets are engaging in a “form of selfishness.”
“Joseph shows us that this type of bond is not secondary; it is not an afterthought, no,” Pope Francis said at the Vatican, describing Joseph as Jesus’ “foster father.” “This kind of choice is among the highest forms of love, and of fatherhood and motherhood. How many children in the world are waiting for someone to take care of them.”
According to USA Today, the pope then praised parents who adopt children, calling for such procedures to be simplified.
In today’s culture, though, “we see a form of selfishness,” the pope continued, adding that some “do not want to have children, or just