Suddenly Pope Francis seems less like a cuddly progressive after all: Earlier this week at a special Mass for married couples, he criticized couples who adopt pets instead of having children, blaming a culture of luxury and comfort for the increasingly popular decision to forgo parenthood. More, from Times Live:
This culture of wellbeing convinced us it is 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 carefree [...]
It might be more comfortable to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. 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.
Maybe Francis has a point; pet owners’ devotion to their furry favorites can be pretty extreme. Take, for example, extravagances like a dog “bark” mitzah, dog birthday parties, and luxury pet spas. In Japan, at least, people freely admit that they lavish affection on their pets because they do not have children.
We wonder how the media elite, who have been delighted by Francis’s “who am I to judge” attitude so far, will react to this criticism of contemporary culture. Will they finally be forced to admit that the Pope is still Catholic?