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Pope Francis: Pets Can't Replace Children
Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 06/10/2014 10:24:54 AM PDT by Kaslin

Pope Francis said something so important last week that it will either be widely ignored or widely disparaged.

The pope criticized "these marriages, in which the spouses do not want children, in which the spouses want to remain without fertility. This culture of well-being ... 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 carefree. It might be better -- more comfortable -- to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog."

He is right. More than ever before, young men and women in most affluent Western countries (and Russia) have decided not to have children. Instead, many shower love and attention on dogs and cats. Ask many young women -- married or single -- if they have any children, and if they do not, you are likely to be told, "I have two cats" or "I have two dogs." There are authors whose book jacket photo shows them with their dog or cat.

In much of the West, animals are the new children.

The pope made this declaration for two reasons: one demographic and one religious and moral.

The demographic reason is that the populations of European countries such as the one in which he lives -- Italy -- are gradually disappearing.

--Italy's birth rate is approximately 1.41 children per woman, making Italy 203 out of 224 countries in terms of its fertility rate.

--LifeSiteNews, a religious-oriented news website, reported that Italian demographer Giancarlo Baliga said last year that by 2041, "The age group most represented in the structure of the Italians will become the 70s."

--According to Fred Pearce in the Guardian, "Italy has the world's second oldest population."

--According to population statistics website GeoHive, Italy will have two and a half million fewer people at the end of this century than it had in the beginning. And the only reason it will not far fewer is that so many Italian citizens will be foreign-born immigrants.

--According to Professor Peter McDonald, president of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (2010-2013) and a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, if Italy remains at its current fertility levels and does not compensate with foreign immigrants, it will lose 86 percent of its population by the end of the century, falling to 8 million compared with today's 56 million.

The pope knows that Italians and other nations are slowly disappearing.

The question is: Why? Why do so many people prefer to parent pets than children?

Throughout history, there were three primary reasons people had many children: Lack of contraception, economic necessity and religion.

All three reasons are gone.

Thanks to modern contraception, couples can have all the sex they want without conceiving.

Regarding economic need, most people in welfare states no longer need children to care for them in old age because the state will do that.

And with the demise of religion in the developed world, there are no values-based reasons to have children.

What this means is that because of contraception and the welfare state, the one compelling reason to have children is that one's values demand it.

Those values overwhelmingly come from religion. The dominant religions of the Western world, Judaism and Christianity, demand marriage and children. Consequently, the people in affluent Western countries most likely to have more than two, and certainly more than three, children are Orthodox Jews, Evangelical Protestants, religious Catholics and active Mormons.

But secularism is now dominant in the West, which ends the values-based reason to have children.

One might argue that there is a fourth reason to have children -- a desire to raise and love children and have a family. But one shouldn't put too much stock in that argument. Without religion, even those who want children almost never have more than two. And more and more secular individuals find that their desire to nurture is fulfilled by loving cats and dogs.

That was the pope's point.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: faithandfamily; popefrancis
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1 posted on 06/10/2014 10:24:54 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Well, duh Frank. Then how about letting priests marry so they can have children instead of pets?


2 posted on 06/10/2014 10:28:56 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Kaslin

Have children? In modern America?


3 posted on 06/10/2014 10:29:36 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Kaslin

Little tough for young people to even think about having kids when....

They are loaded up the kazoo with student loan debt.

Living at home with their parents.

Cannot find full time well paying jobs.


4 posted on 06/10/2014 10:30:46 AM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Kaslin
Like I've said, Francis is in a state of dementia. I don't remember any of this in the bible???

I mean I know folks had sheeps for pets which were miraculously turned into stew.

5 posted on 06/10/2014 10:33:23 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Kaslin

Can pets replace Democrats?


6 posted on 06/10/2014 10:36:22 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Kaslin
... most people in welfare states no longer need children to care for them in old age because the state will do that.

Good luck with that if you're under 60 now. You might wish you'd decided to take a chance on having children who love you even when you're old.

7 posted on 06/10/2014 10:39:00 AM PDT by Tax-chick (When the truth finally dawns, it dawns in fire!)
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To: Dr. Thorne

Pets can’t replace children? Tell that to our Chihuahua Coco the Imperial Princess. :-)


8 posted on 06/10/2014 10:39:01 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin
The pope criticized "these marriages, in which the spouses do not want children, in which the spouses want to remain without fertility. This culture of well-being ... 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 carefree. It might be better -- more comfortable -- to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog."

Curious !

He seems to be in that class of people.

The utter hypocrisy.

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
9 posted on 06/10/2014 10:40:36 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: Kaslin

And made up theology cannot replace the Ten Commandments, as this Pope routinely violates the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth.


10 posted on 06/10/2014 10:41:29 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Kaslin; All
More than ever before, young men and women in most affluent Western countries (and Russia) have decided not to have children.

Meanwhile, Muslims are breeding like rabbits in those same countries.

11 posted on 06/10/2014 10:47:01 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Dr. Thorne
Perhaps you do not understand the liberty a man or woman has, to choose celibacy.

"Letting priests marry?" Nobody forces a man to choose the celibate priesthood, and whoever wants to leave it can do so. It's not a matter of "let."

12 posted on 06/10/2014 10:52:36 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Stop judging by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment." - (John 7:24))
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To: Sacajaweau; Kaslin
Right, Sacajaweau. I guess Dennis Prager must be in a state of dementia, too, since he is actually demented enough to provide evidence that this is happening, a reasoned analysis on where this is leading demographically, and to imagine that evidence and reason would make a difference.

Weird.

13 posted on 06/10/2014 10:55:53 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Stop judging by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment." - (John 7:24))
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To: Sacajaweau

Start here:
Genesis 1:28


14 posted on 06/10/2014 11:02:25 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Kaslin

God told us to Go Be Fruitful & Multiply! He means pastors and priests too! The Pope doesn’t have children, so he should close his big pie hole.


15 posted on 06/10/2014 11:04:14 AM PDT by buffyt (It is not a CHOICE, it is a CHILD OF GOD!)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012; Kaslin
Uri' --- the Pope is a consecrated celibate, a class of people commended by Our Lord and by St. Paul as being single "for the Kingdom."

This is different from being either a self-serving unnatural-sex MSM "couple" or an intentionally-sterile self-serving contracepting "couple."

Denying the difference between intentionally-sterile actively sexual couples, an a person single for the Lord in imitation of the Lord, strikes me as being rather unreflective.

16 posted on 06/10/2014 11:04:55 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Stop judging by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment." - (John 7:24))
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To: Kaslin
Pope Francis: Pets Can't Replace Children

I guess the Pope has never been to Miami Beach or the swanky parts of NY City.


17 posted on 06/10/2014 11:06:08 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: onedoug

Bearing false witness, coveting others’ goods, and coveting others’ spouses? You’ll have to supply a quote.


18 posted on 06/10/2014 11:06:15 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Stop judging by appearances, but judge with righteous judgment." - (John 7:24))
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To: DannyTN

My cat is smarter than any democrat! By far Her litter box is smarter than Obama, and smells nicer too. Have you ever been near him or Harry Reid? Those two need baths


19 posted on 06/10/2014 11:06:23 AM PDT by buffyt (It is not a CHOICE, it is a CHILD OF GOD!)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach

Who is also in "that class of people". Another hypocrite?

20 posted on 06/10/2014 11:08:34 AM PDT by Romulus
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