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India: bishops decry contraception, offer incentives for large families

December 15, 2016

A bishop of India’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church has issued an appeal to married couples to stop using contraceptives.

“Men and women should engage in creation as long as their reproductive capacity lasts,” wrote Bishop Mathew Anikkuzhikkatil of Idukki. He exhorted married couples to reject the “seflish and arrogant” attitude that sees no importance in bearing children.

Catholic leaders in the state of Kerela, where India’s Christian population is concentrated, have reacted with alarm to a declining population. Some Catholic parishes have offered free education for the children of large families; others are making direct financial assistance available.


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  • Posted by: bruno - Dec. 15, 2016 3:20 PM ET USA

    I wonder if this approach would work in the USA? It couldn't be less successful than quietly offering NFP courses as an option for couples.