15 People React To the Pope’s Stance That Choosing Pets Over Babies Is “Selfish and Diminishes Us”

Cllr Leo Montague via Twitter

Pope Francis is currently being slammed for his recent thoughts regarding people who choose to have pets over children.

Speaking to a general audience about parenthood in Rome, the 85-year-old stated: “Today … we see a form of selfishness. We see that some people do not want to have a child. Sometimes they have one, and that’s it, but they have dogs and cats that take the place of children. Yes, it’s funny, I understand, but it is the reality. And this denial of fatherhood or motherhood diminishes us, it takes away our humanity.”

Yes—you read that right. He said that people who only have pets and no kids leads to a loss of our humanity. You can bet your bottom dollar people had a lot to say about his choice of words. It’s no surprise he was trending on Twitter—here are some of the best reactions to what he said.

What do you have to say about the Pope’s choice of words?