“Today we see a form of selfishness”: Pope regrets that domestic animals replace children

The Pope assured this Wednesday, January 5, that at a time when pets “occupy the place of children”, adoption “is among the highest forms of love” and urged the authorities to lighten the procedures for this way to access fatherhood and motherhood.

The pontiff also urged the institutions to facilitate the adoption processes so that the dream of children who need a family and of couples who want to host them come true. “The denial of paternity and motherhood undermines us, it takes away humanity, civilization becomes older, “he said.

“Today we see a form of selfishness. We see that some do not want to have children. Sometimes they have one, and that’s it, but instead they have dogs and cats that occupy that place “, underlined the dad during the first general audience of the year in the Paul VI room.

Before the dozens of people gathered in the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican To listen to him during the Wednesday general audience, which today featured a surprising circus number, the pontiff reflected on the figure of Saint Joseph and fatherhood.

“Dogs and cats take the place of the children. This denial of paternity takes away our humanity, civilization is getting older ”, Francisco affirmed before quoting someone who wondered:“ Who will pay my pension taxes if there are no children? Who will take care of me?

“I ask Saint Joseph to move consciences to have children” who are “the fullness of a person’s life,” he said before assuring that “having a child is always a risk, but not having it is even more so” and that our civilization today “is a bit of an orphan”, a feeling “that hurts us a lot”.

In that sense, he referred to adoption, whose “bond is not secondary” but rather “this type of choice is among the highest forms of love and parenthood. How many children in the world are waiting for someone to take care of them! And how many spouses want to be fathers and mothers ”.

“We must not be afraid of choosing the path of adoption, of assuming the ‘risk’ of foster care,” he asked.

At the end of the hearing, a group of members of the Ronny Roller circus, which is currently in Rome, performed in front of the pontiff with a number that included juggling, gymnastic exercises and music that raised the applause and some cheers from the faithful present.

With information from EFE and AFP.