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Vatican: Don’t substitute pets for children, says Pope

June 5, 2014

They don’t do nearly so well at school.

Pope Francis on Monday (June 2) warned married couples against substituting cats and dogs for children — a move that he said leads to the “bitterness of loneliness” in old age….

[He] strongly criticized those couples who choose not to have children, saying they had been influenced by a culture of “well-being” that says life is better without kids.

“You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be carefree,” the pope said.

“It might be better — more comfortable — to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Is this true or not? Have you seen it?

“Then, in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness.“

Religion News Service

Then you go down to the pet shop and buy some more. Sorted, Frankie! Any time you need help with Catholic doctrine, let me know.

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