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The Gift of Children

A statement by Evangelicals and Catholics Together
May 28, 2020

"Be fruitful and multiply." (Gen. 1:28)

Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me." (Matt. 19:14)

Children are gifts. In them, we respond to Moses's urgent imperative: Choose life! (Deut. 30:19) Men and women have always brought children into the world. To be a parent is the most natural of things. It is fundamental to what it means to be human. Yet the birth of a child is also an extraordinary moment for the parents, charged with transcendent meaning. In our children, we venture something beyond our control. Even for those who do not believe in God, having a child is an act of faith. As we welcome a child into the world, we project something of ourselves into an unknown future. Even in dire times–war, disease, famine–new life manifests hope.Read more

Excerpt from the Article “Immigration Idealism’

by MATTHEW SCHMITZ
May 28, 2020

Pope Francis … has also said that prudence must govern migration policy. ‘This means you have to ask yourself first: How much space do I have? Second: you have to remember it’s not just about taking them in, but also integrating them’ he said in 2017. He also said that ‘Europe [and the United States] will be able to confront the problems associated with immigration only if it is capable of clearly asserting its own cultural identity’ [underlying added]. These statements tend to be overlooked by the people who eagerly repeat … paeans to openness, but they illustrate an important truth: Sooner or later, even the most idealistic calls to welcome migrants [sic] must contend with hard reality.Read more

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