Two days ago, Pope Francis criticized again that there is a tendency today to not have children and instead have pets. The response of thousands of users in networks was instantaneous, not only answering the words of the Supreme Pontiff, but also generating memes and challenges on social networks such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok.
“Today we see a form of selfishness. 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. This makes people laugh but it is a reality, “he criticized during a hearing at the Vatican.
“The denial of paternity and motherhood diminishes us, subtracts humanity from us (…) Civilization ages without humanity because we lose the wealth of being parents, and it is the countries that suffer,” he said.
In response to these sayings, thousands of users on social networks created responses to the pope through stickers on Instagram or memes on other social networks.
One of them was the “Photo of your son greeting Pope Francis”, a challenge on Instagram that consists of uploading a story of any pet through stories.
In the same way, various memes emerged that even some companies dedicated to the prevention of pregnancy took advantage of to spread themselves through marketing strategies.
The pope’s words may suddenly sound like the rant of a man with a Twitter account, already in 2014 he had declared that having animals instead of children is a “phenomenon of cultural degradation”, but there is an undeniable reality: birth rates go down in various parts of the world, according to a publication of the Playground portal.