Opting for pets over children is selfish: Pope Francis

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Rome: Pope Francis has suggested people who choose to have pets over children are acting selfishly.

The Pope’s comments came as he was discussing parenthood during a general audience at the Vatican in Rome.

Francis was lauding Joseph’s decision to bring up Jesus as “among the highest forms of love” when he veered into the topic of adoption and orphaned children today. He then turned his focus on couples that opt for animals instead of children.

The Pope’s remarks, though surprising coming from a progressive pontiff, echo the Catholic Church’s teachings about the importance of couples either bearing or raising children — and the potential demographic consequences of not doing so.

Francis said that couples who cannot biologically have children should consider adoption.

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