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‘Be fruitful and multiply!’

GUESTXCOLUMNAs the Roman Catholic Church’s vicar for family and youth in Barbados,  I add my voice to the revived debate on the call for more baby production via Government paying people to have them.

If the media will permit, I plan to do this as a trilogy. I do so with the firm conviction that the call to pay people to have babies is far too ambiguous. First we seem to be unmindful that the present population problem is the result of a successful family planning programme and abortion legislation.

In fact, the Barbados Family Planning Association needs to apologize 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 needs to learn.

Those artificial solutions to nature’s challenges can at times adversely affect nature itself and produce mammoth problems.

So how do we replenish our aging society? We ought to go back to the Bible and obey the first words spoken by God to human beings: “Be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth . . .” (Genesis 1:28), but do so as the biblical injunction directs”
. . . a man must leave father and mother and cling to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24).

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 much imbalance. The present low birth rate is a clear indication that family life is in crisis. This irreplaceable gift of God is under threat.

Having more babies and using money as an incentive is certainly not the answer. If we have to offer an incentive, we may have to promote more wholesome family life programmes and encourage our young people to place marriage and family at the head of their list of priorities.

The second part of my trilogy will address this issue with young people in mind and the third section will offer some practical approaches from Pope Francis’exhortation on The Joy Of Loving, in Latin, Amoris Laetitia.

Family is God’s gift to us. Babies are not commodities to be bought when needed, but the product of an intense expression of love born out of a covenant of love, known best as marriage.

5 Responses to ‘Be fruitful and multiply!’

  1. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson August 31, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Sorry the family planning don’t need to take no load from no one that a choice for the ladies and all women cant reproduce that nature talking so when women cant have children are we going to blame God too

  2. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson August 31, 2016 at 10:20 am

    My mum had 10 of us and she would always say to us please don’t have no lot of children thing will get hard and I know that lot of other Barbadian can say the same my fruits are 2 and that the end to the chapter

  3. Katherine Zettler
    Katherine Zettler August 31, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I heard at one time he had children also this was awhile back

  4. jrsmith August 31, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    We have had this said by one government minister of education before ,our black people is already brain washed and under control by the white world , now here comes the religious manufactures a lot of who is to be blame for the baby factories in Barbados , they always find a verse from the bible to justify they speeches .

    Why don’t they ever encourage our young people to think economically , why don’t they help our young people to start small businesses why don’t they all get together march on the government to put Barbados right , black people all around the world must realize nobody really gets it free lots of things must be worked for , thats why the white man controls it all, thats why black is always at the cross roads tin cup in hand waiting for hand outs.

    We must stop the foolishness waiting and begging we must do for ourselves the only thing which is coming from above is rain, snow , wind sunshine and aeroplanes ..

  5. Hal Austin September 1, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I did not realise that the Roman Catholic church had vicars. You laern something everyday. What is important is the ratio of dependants to working age people.
    In Barbados, in an imitation of most OECD countries, the number of dependants is outgrowing the number of working people.
    In a state pay-as-you-go pension system, this is crucial since the national insurance contributions made by working people go to contribute to the pensions of the retired.
    The exception to the OECD members is the US, which has a high immigration rate, who pay the pensions of the retired. Angela Merkel is attempting a similar thing in Germany with the Mediterranean immigrants.
    In Japan, where there is a high Korean and Filipino communities, the Japanese prefer to build robots to do the menial jobs and avoid immigrants.
    The Catholic church has got a problem: it is against abortions and other forms of birth control and prefer people to have nine and ten children because it sees these numbers as future members.
    It is no accident that those nations (Latin America, Phillipines) where the Catholic Church is the main denomination, are also the poorest nations.
    In Barbados, we need a land use policy. We are already overcrowded.
    To grow our prosperity we must increase productivity without increasing the ratio of working to dependant people. We also need a sustainable land use policy.


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