This rather sad article recounts the growing movement of deliberate childlessness, in the United States, and beyond. Or, as those in the movement like to call themselves, ‘child-free’, to remove any connotations that being somehow ‘child-less’ is a negative thing, to be mourned like Rachel of old, weeping for her children who were no more.

The Church requires her priests, bishops, religious and consecrated to be ‘childless’, or at least forego those acts that would produce children. But this is for spiritual and supernatural motives, and to help families – who make up by far the bulk of the Church

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