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home : opinions : letters to the editor   July 23, 2016

7/27/2013 9:21:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Let the children come

Since I choose to have no Cable TV at the rectory, my brother forwarded to me a video of a recent TV commercial that appeared during the prime-time viewing hours. The commercial was sponsored by Huggies (disposal diapers) and it portrayed a couple that was elated to discover that they were now expecting (presumably) their first child. The husband joyfully declared to his wife, pointing to her womb: “There is a baby in here. There is a human being growing inside your stomach!”
May the Lord have mercy on this nation which legally sanctions the killing of its own children both before birth, and sometimes even during the very process of birth.
One congresswoman blasphemously declared that the killing of unborn children is the “sacred ground” of legal protection for a woman’s right to choose the size of her own family. What a chilling disregard for little ones, more than half of which are probably little girls.
Yet please note the clearly practical implication for the above-mentioned diapers manufacturer that babies are consumers. Babies are consumers, in fact, not of superfluous luxury items or services (such as those that sustain the pet industry, or the gambling world, or the whole slimy spectrum of adult entertainment), but of the very basic items and services which favor productivity. In other words, children are not only consumers, they are moreover wealth generators. People bring prosperity to a community; and young people bring also their creativity and youthful resourcefulness.
On the contrary, abortion, contraception and those so-called “alternative lifestyles” bring short-term financial gain, but inescapable long-term decline. Only the Devil and his minions can be pleased by the more than 50 million babies who have been destroyed by abortion in this nation alone, and the countless souls who have never come into existence because of the obscene use of contraception and the absurd promotion of sterile loving.
As Americans decide to have fewer and fewer children they are actually allowing fewer and fewer babies to be born, which is restrictive, or stifling. But sexual relations are naturally ordered to fruitfulness, which implies growth and prosperity; and existence is always very good for the babies themselves!
God will not be outdone in generosity. So live modestly and chastely; marry youngish (preferably before the age of 25); allow children to come generously; flee far away from Sodom! Love mercy and “walk humbly with your God!”

Fr. William M. Gardner, St. Valentine and St. Mary Parishes, Peru

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