Irish dad hits Pope for ‘offending’ pet owners and people struggling to have children

An AN IRISH father has criticized the Pope for calling him “selfish” for choosing to have a pet – and how he is “unsupported” when it comes to trying for children.

Earlier this week, Pope Francis provoked debate among singles, couples and pet owners after saying that not having children was a “form of selfishness”.

An Irish father objected to the Pope's remarks


An Irish father objected to the Pope’s remarksCredit: Alamy
Pope Francis says childlessness is a'form of selfishness'


Pope Francis says childlessness is a ‘form of selfishness’Credit: Getty

Speaking at the Vatican yesterday, Pope Francis said: “Today… we see a form of selfishness. We see that some people don’t want to have children.

“Sometimes they have one, that’s all, but they have dogs and cats to take the children’s place. This may make people laugh, but it’s true.”

An Irish father has voiced his anger at the comments and how “insulted” he feels by the Vatican for owning a pet.

He said: “He insulted animal owners and he insulted people who are struggling with procreation.

“And not just me, but a lot of people out there.”

He explains that some people don’t choose to have children in their lifetime and they shouldn’t feel guilty about having a pet.

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Talking to RTEof Liveline, he said, “My wife, we got married very late in life. We decided we wanted to have children.

“We have run out of time. We went for IVF, it didn’t work.

“We actually went to the United States to collect donor eggs.”

After four years and 100,000 euros, they now have two sons and three dogs.

He emphasized his struggles and his wife having to have children and not having much support for the couple.

The animal lover said: “Having your two young children is the most amazing experience.

“So stick with it, it’s worth all the pain, the torment, the expense.

“For the state, do something more for your taxpayers, for your employers, when they are having a hard time in life to have it, to start a family.”

He said the comments were “incredibly upsetting” and genuinely felt “people out there are going through what we’ve been through”.


“We received no support,” he revealed. No, there is no zip code. And it’s hard.

“It’s hard to get over it. It’s hard to live with it. It’s hard to have questions for you.”

“100 thousand to have two children and be able to travel and have time to rest.

“The time period that myself and my wife had children was quite, quite unique.”

The father-of-two emphasized that his children still have to grow up in society and pay taxes, even though they are not supported.

“I hope they’ll live long enough to pay their tax contributions to the Catholic Church,” he said.

In response to the Pope’s comments, he announced that he now wants to resign from the Catholic church.

He continued: “I have three dogs because I am not a selfish individual. I got a rescue dog because I am not a selfish individual. “

The Catholic man believes we get a “sense of morality” from the Catholic church and says those ethics need to be adapted to “modern life.”

Pope Francis has been caught many times petting different types of animals.


The father and pet owner said: “Of course, animals, they are earthlings. I share this planet with them.

“So I will treat them with the respect they deserve. Of course, I will. What is selfishness? ”

He added: “Of course, people use them [pets] like crutches, that’s what they’re there to do.

“When you have no one else to rely on and trust.

“God, you can get trust from a dog, a dog looking at you or a cat or whatever your animal is, if that’s what you need in life to get through. Then God bless you.

“God bless you for being unselfish and taking some other creature into your life and sharing it with them.” Irish dad hits Pope for ‘offending’ pet owners and people struggling to have children

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