historically, how was a child treated if they were born out of wedlock? popular portrayal is ostracism and scorn but historical things are always more complex than they seem. what was the church’s attitude?
I understand that simply having a child isn’t necessarily a valid reason to get married and abortion is obviously out of the question.
honestly, if this happens in a catholic circle today, there would be a lot of gossiping and pointing and whispering. the poor child’s life would probably be quite difficult. not to mention the mother. iunderstand not wanting to encourage the sin, but if it does happen, I mean we all commit sins, why are some people treated worse for their sins than others. if the person sincerely repented and is trying to bring the child up catholic, isn’t it pretty horrible for others to keep dragging up the past?
what would be the proper balance in regards to a grave sin committed and being merciful as well as not wanting to cause scandal?