Ricky Gervais: After Life star hits out at Popes ridiculous comments about parenthood

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After Life star Ricky Gervais has slammed Pope Francis for his “ridiculous” comments about parenthood earlier this month. In a new interview, the Office actor, 60, didn’t hold back when it came to sharing his views on the head of the Catholic Church’s comments, saying that they “don’t make any sense”.

I think what he believes in is ridiculous

Ricky Gervais

Appearing on The Radio Times Podcast, the funnyman fearlessly critiqued Pope Francis’ comments.

Speaking about his comments, Gervais said: “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?” he added yesterday.

The star went on: “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,” he finished.

The Office actor has been open about his atheist beliefs in the past, penning an article for The Wall Street Journal in 2010 titled, Why I’m An Atheist.

Earlier this month, the Sovereign of Vatican City caused uproar with his comments about people who choose to have pets over children.

Pope Francis said: “Today … we see a form of selfishness, we see that some people do not want to have a child.

“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 said while speaking to an audience.

He added that to not have children is a “denial of fatherhood and motherhood and diminishes us, takes away our humanity.”

The Pope also urged those unable to have children biologically to consider adoption.

Gervais’ comments come after he criticised the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, arguing that the coveted honours should be given to people who have “really sacrificed all their lives”.

Speaking of his various awards, Ricky said it is “lovely” to receive nominations, but that taking them too seriously can lead to a “slippery slope”

He told Magic Radio Breakfast: “All awards are nonsense really.”

Addressing the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, Ricky continued: “Same as these honour lists.

“When I see actors and people getting MBE’s and OBE’s for doing something they love.

“That should go to nurses and soldiers and people who have really sacrificed all their lives,” he added.

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