Liveline listeners respond to Pope Francis’ comments on pet adoption

“Today … we see a form of selfishness,” he told the audience. “We see that some people do not want to have children. Sometimes they have one, and that’s it, but they have dogs and cats that take the place of the children. It may make people laugh, but it is a reality.

Gina called Liveline to discuss the Pope’s comments to Katie Hannon, who replaced Joe Duffy, and said “he throws a cat among the pigeons”.

“It is from a man who chose not to have children or pets. Whose name comes from the patron saint of animals. There are so many people who are unable to support children emotionally or financially.

Calls poured into the RTE Radio One show as host Katie Hannon listened to stories from pet owners. Photo: RTEH

“A child is a wonderful thing to have in anyone’s life, I didn’t take this path, I took the other path, the one the Pope didn’t like,” she said.

She added some of the reasons why having pets is a great decision for any couple: “I think pets give unconditional love, they don’t care if you haven’t washed them. hair during the week they don’t care if you are in your garden towels or if you smell a little.

‘Wherever the kids are tough. I have seen my own brother’s children and it is hard to raise a child. It is getting more and more difficult financially and in all other ways for people.

Marie R. McCraw