KOCHI: The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) family commission issued a statement on Thursday supporting the Syro-Malabar Church’s Pala diocese, which had announced various perks for families of couples who have more than four children.
The KCBC said the action of the Pala diocese was part of the family welfare activities and schemes for “Protection of Life” declared in the Kerala Catholic Church in connection with the direction from the Vatican to observe the year as “Year of the Family”.
The chairman of the pro-life committee and KCBC family commission, Bishop Paul Antony Mullassery, said it was evident that there was a lack of purity in attempts to unnecessarily make a controversy out of family welfare projects formulated in the Pala diocese.
“In 2011 also there was a project in which large families within the Church were felicitated. What the Church always encourages is responsible parenthood. Parents have the right to receive kids and nurture them as per their faith according to the circumstances. Attempts to deny that right need to be discouraged,” Mullassery said.