In a recent piece written for the Truth and Charity Forum, Cardinal Newman Society advisor Father C. John McCloskey—a Church historian and research fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, D.C.—placed great emphasis on the importance of Catholic education in his recommended remedies to reverse the Culture of Death and promote family life.
Fr. McCloskey writes:
Over time, not only the meek, but the fertile and procreative, will inherit the Earth, unless the Lord in His infinite wisdom pulls the plug on his recalcitrant children and proceeds to the General Judgment. (Could you blame Him if He chose to do so?) In the meantime, what should we do as members of his Mystical Body to stop the carnage of abortion and contraception and repopulate the Earth? A few suggestions for our married couples, their families, and the priests and bishops that have both the duty and the joy of watching over the flock entrusted to them by Holy Church.
1. All Catholic education should have as its main focus from the earliest ages the Church as the Family of God, with the understanding that most of the Church’s members will be called to marriage as their path to holiness. In the case of married couples, holiness is pursued through loving generosity which is a response to God’s own generous love of us. In large part Catholic couples will express this generosity through openness to bringing new children into the world to give Him glory.
2. Diocesan preparation for marriage should start much earlier, perhaps as early as elementary school or high school. Truly Catholic Colleges and universities (and there are more and more of them) should continue the job of transmitting an orthodox and attractive understanding of marriage and family life according to the teachings of St. John Paul II and his revolutionary Theology of the Body, with its insights into holiness, intimacy, and openness to life.
Fr. McCloskey also suggested selecting married faithful Catholics as instructors for pre-Cana classes, celebrating actors, athletes, and politicians who put their marriage and family first, and offering phone hotlines or Internet sites to answer questions about marriage and fertility as well as recommending local Catholic medical doctors.
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