Fr Paul knocks BFPA, calls for more marriages
Roman Catholic priest Father Clement Paul is calling for more Christian marriages to solve Barbados’ low birth rate, saying that offering cash incentives to couples to have babies is “far too ambiguous”.
Father Paul is the latest individual to add his voice to the debate over the island’s population rate, following a suggestion by Government senator David Durant that Barbados may have to consider paying married couples to have more children.
In a statement to the media, the Vicar for Family and Youth also took a swipe at the Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA), saying that “the present population problem is the result of a successful Family Planning and an Abortion legislation”.
He further called on the BFPA to “apologise to this nation for its success”.
“Why? By successfully convincing Bajans that they can enjoy sex without the responsibility of having children, they have negatively affected nature’s way of naturally replenishing itself.
“In fact this is a lesson that all Barbados need to learn. Those artificial solutions to nature’s challenges can at times adversely affect nature itself and produce mammoth problems,” Father Paul said.
He suggested that more Christian marriages will solve the population problem.
“Yes, it is in that marital union and through obeying the author of life itself that babies should be born. Nature has its own laws which when violated causes imbalance.
The present low birth rate is a clear indication that family life is in crisis. This irreplaceable gift of God is under threat.”
He also noted that offering money as an incentive is not the answer to growing the population.
“If we have to offer an incentive we may have to promote more wholesome family life programs and encourage our young people to place marriage and family at the head of their list of priorities,” he said.