During this Wednesday’s audience at the Vatican, Francisco criticized those who do not want to have children and prefer to have pets, calling them “selfish”. “Denying paternity is risky,” said the Pontiff.
“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 cats and dogs that occupy that place “, affirmed the Argentine pope in the first general audience of this year.
Jorge Bergoglio addressed the faithful who gathered in the Vatican from the Paul VI Hall, and focused his address on the “orphanhood” that, in his opinion, is lived at this time and that “it hurts us a lot”.
The Pope argued that “The denial of fatherhood and motherhood diminishes us, takes away humanity, civilization becomes older”, and that “having a child is always a risk, be it natural or adopted. But the riskiest thing is not to have it. More risky is denying paternity, denying motherhood, be it real or spiritual.”
In another passage, he stated that “it is not enough to bring a child into the world to say that one is a father or mother”, and pointed out that “No one is born a father but is made. And it is not done just to bring a child into the world, but to take care of him responsibly “.
Bergoglio also stressed that “every time someone assumes responsibility for the life of another, in a certain sense he exercises paternity with respect to him.”
Later, he called for the adoption processes to be facilitated, so that “The dreams of children who need a family and couples who want to shelter them, can come true”.
The head of the Vatican State He also referred to armed conflicts and the pandemic. He called for an end to violence in Syria, the Holy Land, Yemen, South Sudan, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Ukraine.