Saturday, January 14, 2017

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 167

167.  Large families are a joy for the Church.  They are an expression of the fruitfulness of love.  At the same time, Saint John Paul II rightly explained that responsible parenthood does not mean "unlimited procreation or lack of awareness of what is involved in rearing children, but rather the empowerment of couples to use their inviolable liberty wisely and responsibly, taking into account social and demographic realities, as well as their own situation and legitimate desires".182

182 Letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization on Population and Development (18 March 1994):  Insegnamenti XVII/1 (1994), 750-751.