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”.

Father Clement Paul
Father Clement Paul

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.

15 Responses to Fr Paul knocks BFPA, calls for more marriages

  1. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith August 28, 2016 at 10:10 am

    With a name like Joe Grind it got me wondering,I read your comment and also the comment of Father Paul the issue I have is who is to say because you marry you are going to get children I know a lot of marry people who don’t have children and they don’t want any,you are talking about promiscuity and sticking too one partner marry people are some of the biggest cheaters,so because you are marry that doesn’t make it different to if you are single,Father Paul is blaming the BFPA,if this association wasn’t involved you know how much more unwanted pregnancies would off been out there,it is hard too raise a child in Barbados especially if you know how you want that child too achieve you people don’t have the children to raise so you can talk.
    I have one and it is a struggle.

  2. Demetrius Garrett
    Demetrius Garrett August 28, 2016 at 10:35 am

    It’s always some religious person who feel the need to impose their dumb beliefs on others. Well you guys want to prevent the decline of younger people then begin to hire them in certain Jobs.

  3. Santini More
    Santini More August 28, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Personally I thank God for the BFPA. Without their advice and services the suffering for women and the children they would bring forth would be horrendous. Consider the simple numerical factor of housing, look at the existing over-crowded situation we have today, where does Father Paul think women & their children would live?

  4. Hal Austin August 28, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Father Paul needs reminding of his Christian code. Marriage is the best institution for the nuclear family. With 70 per cent of children born out of wedlock, Barbados in the early 21st century is morally no better than the days of slavery when the slave owners prevented marrying.
    We need to remove the amorality that is part of Barbadian, with high-powered people – mainly men – have parallel families.
    Promiscuity is so yesterday, especially in the time of a crisis in sexually transmitted diseases.

  5. Smiley August 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

    China’s ban on one child per-family and aborting female children now is in a mess.They went against God’s plan for humans now they are resorting to the stealing/kidnapping of women (young virgins) from the neighboring countries to get the over population of men a bride.I’m not in favour of paying women to get children just to populate the country.we need sensible caring committed mom and dad devoted to the raising of the children and less tax burdens so that the family will not starve or have to beg.Men should have maturity benefits and time off to help with the newborn baby. The taxes paid to help with their education,health-care and incentives to encourage young marriages to produce godly children who in turn will do likewise.Don’t pay women to have children then our society is burden with welfare children and the children homes and the childcare board fail to manage them. CHILDREN ARE BLESSINGS FROM THE LORD,LETS NOT FORGET THAT.THEY ARE TO BE LOVED AND CHERISHED.

  6. Smiley August 28, 2016 at 11:14 am

    (MATERNITY BENEFIT FOR MEN.) Above correction.

  7. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham August 28, 2016 at 11:19 am

    offering ppl money to get pregnant , when a government cannot even generate employment or pays its own bill on a regular, is the mentality of a poverty stricken government,

  8. Diane Elaine Dias
    Diane Elaine Dias August 28, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Is the money enough to support said children until they reach the age of 18? And I thought those women who have 7 and 8 children, are making up the numbers for those who have none.

  9. Kevin August 28, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Free up immigration policies for women who want to come here. Us men will do the job and the population will increase in quick time. Thank you.

  10. Joy August 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Barbados is not the first country to have to address low population growth. The fact is that we are not managing the current population well and cannot even supply water efficiently or collect garbage. When you add the cost of health care and education, to raise children with a decent standard of living is expensive. The unemployment rate even among University graduates is high. Most thinking people on the average income or middle income in Barbados can only afford 1 child. If you want immigrants then you should get high skilled, intelligent immigrants like those pursued by Canada. Barbados will not benefit from a massive influx of people with no skills other than reproducing who will become a burden to the society, social services and Dodds prison. If we can have a predominantly middle income to higher middle income society the amount of the NIS contributions could be increased. We want quality immigrants over quantity.

  11. Hal Austin August 28, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    How can 300000 people living on just over 100000 acres of land be experiencing low growth.
    To house such a population, allowing for land for recreation, agriculture and road building, we either got to build vertically, or horizontally.
    In the early 1960s, Barbados had a population of about 150000, which was considered be be overpopulated. A delegation was sent to Dominica to negotiate resettling some Barbadians there.
    The reality is that we have a huge population, not only reproduction, but New Barbadians. That is what the national conversation should be about.

  12. jrsmith August 28, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    One thing you can say about Barbados ,so many people always trying to introduce issues which doesn’t effect them in anyway, you have got to wonder who reads what papers or listens to what news..
    @, Diane E Dias, hail, hail very good point well said must further add, months ago in the print media we had news of 6 young mothers between them (33 kids) plus one male with 9 kids with very bad living conditions , where was father Paul and others like him.
    The dirty men lots of them marry are the ones who is causing the problems, Barbados needs a free (DNA Testing Centre) and a paternity court to hunt these men down and make them pay..

    Every 6 seconds a black child dies from hunger ,dieses and starvation on the (African Continent).

  13. BaJan boy August 28, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    The Roman Catholic has been practicing it for centuries so their voice is an empty and deceitful one. How many children have any Roman Catholic priests have around the entire world?? Wonder if Hal Austin the authority on everything knows..

  14. Charles Atkins
    Charles Atkins August 29, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Tell de good holy fada de day he marrid, ten tousand men gine line up at de door fuh do de same ting.
    Either lead the people by example, or watch them doubt the words that are coming out of your mouth.

  15. Ossie Moore August 29, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Good morning to all Barbadians and the Global Village in general My name is Ossie and I am a born Barbadian I would like to help my country in its present state of affairs concerning the low birth rate for these resent times. Myself and other concerned Barbadian men abroad would like the Family Planning to start a sperm bank which would be confidential and secure storing all biological and medical records of downers


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