Why have so many people neglected their Catholic faith? On the other hand, I read that Islam is growing by leaps and bounds. The Muslims in our area have five or six children per family. Do Muslims love having children more than European Catholics do?
Imagine how much Catholicism would grow if all Catholics didn’t use birth control? Most Catholics would have six children, and would go on to have 36 grandchildren, and 72 great grandchildren etc.
So we’d have 72 lukewarm Catholics?
I think you’re presupposing that not using birth control would mean they’d be active and dedicated Catholics in other areas of life, but then obviously the answer lies not in having more Catholic children, but in having active and dedicated Catholics.
Catholicism needs to remind Catholics that it is worth it, and that it is serious. Islam grows because it expects something from those who follow it. You rarely meet a lukewarm or cafeteria muslem. Islam teaches it’s followers that their actions do matter, that there are consequences, that they do need to step up or ship out. If Catholicism adopted such an attitude the respect that Catholics have for Holy Mother Church would grow, and so would the percentage of strong Catholics.
Who would then have more children, who would be good, devout Catholics…