“A Person And Not A Product”

RNS interviewed Russell Moore, the dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on adoption. Money quote:

(A)ny family that’s adopting needs to understand that this child is a person and not a project. Someone who believes that adoption is simply going to meet some void within that person’s life is not someone who should adopt.

True. Adoption is not a solution for infertility. Infertility is a potential opportunity for a couple to explore other ways their marriage and family can exemplify the quality of generativity.

That generativity, by the way, is not all about genetics. Even a couple that marries, say, in their seventies, has a sacramental and ecclesial responsibility to exercise generativity in their relationship. Otherwise, they have missed the point about marriage.

Adoption is a process by which we are grafted into the family of God. Christians, above any other group, should be aware of this and working on this much-needed pro-life and sacramental witness.

Good for Rev. Moore.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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