Are you bitter? Feeling lonely? Then you might be suffering from owning a pet instead of a child — at least according to Pope Francis.
The man who is neither married nor has kids has come out to say that married couples should not substitute pets for having children because it will lead to “bitterness of loneliness” in your golden years.
At his daily mass earlier this week, where 15 married couples were present, he reminded the couples — some of whom had been married as long as 60 years — that it was vital to maintain the need for “faithfulness, perseverance and fertility,” which according to the Pope are three characteristics at the heart of Christian marriage.
He wasn’t finished there, however.
He went a step further and strongly criticized couples who choose not to have children. His criticism was that they’ve been influenced by a culture of “well-being” that says life is better without kids.
According to Vatican Radio, he said this:
“These marriages, in which the spouses do not want children, in which the spouses want to remain without fertility. This culture of well-being from ten years ago convinced us: ‘It’s better not to have children! It’s better! You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be care-free…it might be better – more comfortable – to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Is this true or is this not? Have you seen it? Then, in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness. It is not fruitful, it does not do what Jesus does with his Church: He makes His Church fruitful.”
Sorry Fluffy, you aren’t making your mommy and daddy truly happy and you’re going to eventually cause them to be bitter.
Oh don’t give me those puppy dog eyes!
You can just feel the bitterness, right?
Credit: Jonathan Muñoz