Columnist Dennis Prager defends the Pope’s observation that many married couples are wasting their lives raising dogs and cats instead of kids:
Those values overwhelmingly come from religion. The dominant religions of the Western world, Judaism and Christianity, demand marriage and children. Consequently, the people in affluent Western countries most likely to have more than two, and certainly more than three, children are Orthodox Jews, Evangelical Protestants, religious Catholics and active Mormons.
One might argue that there is a fourth reason to have children — a desire to raise and love children and have a family. But one shouldn’t put too much stock in that argument. Without religion, even those who want children almost never have more than two. And more and more secular individuals find that their desire to nurture is fulfilled by loving cats and dogs.
Humanity cannot survive without love, and that was the great teaching of Christ: love of God and love of our neighbor. Take God out of the picture and love vanishes like water in the desert, soon to be followed by humanity.