Make love and babies, says Kerala Cardinal
A pastoral letter to India's Kerala Catholics from Syro-Malabar Cardinal Mar Varkey Vithayathil calls on Catholic couples to give birth to as many children as possible but critics say the Church is mainly concerned with diminishing numbers.
"There has been a growing feeling that children are a nuisance to pleasurable life. Even those who have the resources do not beget for selfish reasons," the special pastoral letter read out in Kerala parishes says, according to a Times Now report.
According to the report, a parish priest reading out from Archbishop Vithayathil's pastoral letter told his Sunday congregation that, "People who can give birth to children should give birth to as many children as possible."
"The real love between partners is diminishing and there is sex without love. It is fatal to the real family life of the future and also to the children," said Fr Mani Pudhiydom.
Critics, however, point to Kerala census figures which indicate that while 19 per cent of the state's population is Christian, 20 per cent of them are above the age of 60 years, a proportion that is expected to double by the year 2050.
"It's really bad that the Church is doing something like this. They are being very selfish and they are thinking only about themselves," Bobby, a Catholic from Kerala told Times Now.
Make babies not just love (Times Now, 15/8/06)
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Mar Varkey Vithayathil, Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church (Syro-Malabar Church History)
16 Aug 2006