I apologize if this question is in the wrong forum.
My 16 year old daughter does not want to marry or have children. She is pretty sure she is not called to a vocation, and she discusses this regularly in spiritual direction with a consecrated woman. My daughter is very bright, well read, has had some success in speech and debate, is a strong student, and wishes to pursue a legal career.
In her religion class, her teacher told the students that people who do not want to have children are “damaged”. :eek:
Is there some sort of Catholic teaching to support this assertion? I find this statement astoundingly judgemental.
My daughter simply does not want children, or feel called to motherhood. She wants to work in her chosen career, she is very committed in her faith, accepts that she will have to live a celibate life, and sees a future in which she is active in her church, in ministry, and in her chosen career. She has not discounted the possibility that she may meet someone someday and she will feel differently, but for now, she is fairly sure of where she is headed.
Are her only choices a vocation or marriage with children? Is a decision to be single and childless a sign that one is “damaged”?