Synod on the Family 57: The Transmission of Life and the Challenges of a Declining Birthrate

window from insideRead the full synod document here. More positive stuff in paragraph 57:

57. Today, the diffusion of a mentality which reduces the generation of human life to accommodate an individual’s or couple’s plans is easily observable. Sometimes, economic factors are burdensome, contributing to a sharp drop in the birthrate which weakens the social fabric, thus compromising relations between generations and rendering a future outlook uncertain. Openness to life is an intrinsic requirement of married love. In this regard, the Church supports families who accept, raise and affectionately embrace children with various disabilities.

The reasons people have for not bearing and rearing biological children are many. Some are not as well thought out as others. But when whole societies experience significant shifts in birthrates, as we’ve seen in the other direction the past few generations, there are repercussions for psychology, sociology, politics, culture, pastoral ministry, and of course, individual persons.

After nine did not vote, the tally was 169 to 5.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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