Ricky Gervais Slams Pope Francis Over Comments About Pets


Ricky Gervais Slams Pope Francis Over Comments About PetsAlamy

Ricky Gervais has hit out at Pope Francis for saying people who choose to have pets instead of children are ‘selfish’.

The 85-year-old Head of the Catholic Church hit the news recently after speaking publicly about his concern over the lowering birth rates across the world, but came to the somewhat bizarre conclusion that the reason for it might well be because pets are ‘taking the place of children’.


Criticising people for making such a decision, Pope Francis claimed it was ‘a form of selfishness’ for them to do this.

Ricky Gervais. (Alamy)Alamy

That hasn’t sat well with Gervais though, who was quick to offer his opinion on it for the Radio Times podcast. The After Life star criticised the Pope’s words, saying: ‘I think what he believes in is ridiculous.

‘It’s a stupid thing to say, isn’t it? How can not having children be selfish? How can it be selfish not to bring something into the world that doesn’t exist on any level?


‘It’s not like there’s a big line or cage of unborn foetuses going: ‘We want to be born’. It doesn’t make any sense.’

The comedian and actor doesn’t have kids of his own with partner Jane Fallon, and said there were a number of reasons they had decided not to – none of which involved wanting pets instead.

The ultimate reason, though, is because he feels there’s simply enough already. The population of the world currently stands at more than 7.9 billion estimated, with uppermost predictions saying it could hit 10 billion by 2050.

Pope Francis (Alamy)Alamy

The 60-year-old said: ‘No one’s going ‘Gervais isn’t having kids, we’re going to run out soon.”

Last week, Pope Francis spoke of procreation during his weekly general audience at the Vatican, saying: ‘Sometimes they have one, and that’s it, but they have dogs and cats that take the place of children. This may make people laugh but it is a reality.’

He further suggested not having children leads ‘civilisation [to grow] old without humanity because we lose the richness of fatherhood and motherhood, and it is the country that suffers’.

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Topics: Celebrity, Pets, Pope Francis, Ricky Gervais


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