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Twitter users have some interesting thoughts about the pope's stance on people who raise pets and not kids

Many pointed out the hypocrisy of such statements coming from Pope Francis when he himself chose not to have children.

Twitter users have some interesting thoughts about the pope's stance on people who raise pets and not kids
Cover Image Source: (L)Pope Francis on February 4, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images) (R)Twitter/kenklippenstein

Pope Francis this week took aim at people who choose to have pets instead of children—or simply have no children at all—by arguing that their decision leads to a loss of "humanity" and is a detriment to civilization as a whole. Speaking to a general audience about Saint Joseph on Wednesday, the 85-year-old said: "We see that people do not want to have children, or just one and no more. And many, many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or they have just one -- but they have two dogs, two cats... Yes, dogs and cats 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."



 

"And in this way civilization becomes aged and without humanity, because it loses the richness of fatherhood and motherhood. And our homeland suffers, as it does not have children," he added. "We need to be open to motherhood and fatherhood otherwise we can be lacking in ourselves and we can lack in humanity." The pope's controversial statements did not go down well on social media as many commented on the hypocrisy of such statements coming from Francis when he himself chose not to have children and pointed out the irony of an institution that has grappled with a legacy of child sexual abuse criticizing people for not having kids.



 

Here are 25 of the funniest tweets about the Pope's thoughts on other people raising children:

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