Birth control measures go against divine order: Idukki Bishop’s pastoral letter

“Materialistic achievements and luxuries have started eroding the belief in God. Parents who get rid of babies fearing children will be a hurdle for their lifestyle are now suffering,” the letter adds.

Written by Kiran Gangadharan | Kochi | Updated: December 10, 2016 5:08 pm

A new pastoral letter from Idukki Bishop Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil, published in the December issue of the diocese’s Sahyanadam bulletin, says all kinds of birth control measures are counter to God’s will and process. The diocese has decided to get the letter read before the parishioners one Sunday this month. The letter further says families who adopt and apply programmes and ideas of the modern world are now suffering its consequences. “Permanent and temporary birth control measures are leading to anxiety and frustration in families,” the letter reads, adding that even when there were no modern facilities our forefathers welcomed new life without looking at quantity or quality.


“Materialistic achievements and luxuries have started eroding the belief in God. Parents who get rid of babies fearing children will be a hurdle for their lifestyle are now suffering,” the letter adds. The Bishop highlights that many quarters are trying to propagate that population and population density are dangerous. “Couples who should be participating happily in the divine process of creation are now trying to upturn this divine process,” the letter says.

Those opposing marriage, delaying it or refusing to accept the institution of marriage also stand in the way of new children, the letter says. It adds that families that accept life with compassion and respect make orphanages and old age homes irrelevant.

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  1. T
    Dec 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm
    People who cannot provide proper housing, healthy food, healthcare and education to their progeny, and yet continue to procreate as if there is no tomorrow, are the truly godless. So also those in positions of leadership, whether religious or political, who encourage their followers to procreate indiscriminately are the true godless.
    1. M
      Dec 10, 2016 at 11:58 am
      bishop needs a reality check
      1. P
        Dec 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
        It is these self-styled sole interpreters of God, who make a mockery of our Christian faith. According to his perverted mind, the sole path to salvation is to have as many children as possible. In a country like India, where a child is born every three seconds, the true pastoral duty should be reminding the flocks on the need to resort to family planning and to reproduce less. However, d up in his ivory castle, totally disconnected from the real world, he issues such 'divine writs', although the poor layman knows how easy it is to have a baby, but difficult to rear a child. These bishops need to learn from Pope Francis, who is maintaining a calculated silence on family planning and abortion. It is time the tail stop wagging, when the head is already there intact. Bishop Anikkuzhy has always been a controversial bishop with his even unruly interference in Kerala politics. Remember, we are all followers of that great master, who reminded us on our duty to the state. 'Ceasear's for Ceasar' (Mark 12:17). We, millions of Christians, reject his clarion call for m production with due contempt as much as hate. Wrapped in the luxury of his Bishop's palace, Bishop Anikkuzhy must remain with his mouth shut and sit like a fool, than opening his mouth and proving it.
        1. R
          Dec 10, 2016 at 1:04 pm
          "Secularism" is only for hindu fools. Period.
          1. J
            joseph raju
            Dec 10, 2016 at 2:35 pm
            പെറ്റു പെരുകിയാൽ ഞങ്ങളെ പോലുള്ള അൽമായരുടെ ചോര കുടിച്ചു ചീർത്ത താങ്കളെ പോലുള്ള മല അട്ടകൾ പ്രസവം സവൗജന്യമായി നടത്തി തരുമോ ? കുഞ്ഞുങ്ങൾക്കുള്ള കുത്തിവയ്പ്പ് സവൗജന്യമായി നടത്തി തരുമോ ? സ്കൂൾ അഡ്മിഷൻ കാശ് വാങ്ങാതെ സവൗജന്യമായി നടത്തി തരുമോ ? കോളേജിൽ മാർക്ക് ഉണ്ടെങ്കിലും കാശ് വാങ്ങാതെ സവൗജന്യമായി നടത്തി തരുമോ ? ചുമ്മാ വീഞ്ഞു കുടിച്ചു വല്ലതും ഒക്കെ പുലമ്പാതെ മാഷേ !!!
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