Pope Criticizes Those Who Choose Pets Over Children

Photo: New York Post

The Facts

  • Pope Francis has spoken out against couples who choose to have pets rather than children, calling the decision 'selfish'.

  • He said denying parenthood reduces our humanity and leads to an aged civilization.


The Spin

Narrative A

The Pope is overgeneralizing and missing the point of pet ownership. There are many valid reasons for not having children, and pets offer important companionship and emotional support.

Narrative B

The Pope was not denigrating pet owners but rather bringing attention to the unmatched selflessness required to raise a child, and the demographic crisis we might face if birth rates continue declining.


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