Unwrapped: Choosing pets over babies is ‘selfish and diminishes us’, says Pope

  • Pope Francis had criticised couples who choose pets over children as selfish, arguing that their decision to forgo parenthood leads to a loss of humanity and is, in turn, a detriment to civilisation.
  • His comments reinvigorated an important and timely debate about the future of the human species. But is the pontiff wholly wrong? Is the world already overpopulated by humans?
  • Through our weekly series Unwrapped this week, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at the Pope’s comments to decipher what he really means by calling childless couples by choice selfish.

In our weekly series Unwrapped, TheHomeGround Asia takes a closer look at major stories and happenings that impacts Singaporeans.

In this episode, we examine the Pope’s comments that choosing pets over babies is “selfish and diminishes us”.

Are we being selfish to choose pets over having children? Or are there larger, more pressing reasons that cause couples to delay or not have children at all?

We put the Pope’s comments under a microscope to decipher what he really means when he called couples who are childless by choice selfish.

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