Quiverfull, Catholics and The Sound of Music
When the 1966 movie The Sound of Music was released viewers flocked to theaters to enjoy a wonderful film about a Catholic family with seven children. This musical gives us a reference point, a time period in which Catholics were specifically equated with large families. Since the 1960’s faith and culture have been colliding on this issue and large families virtually dissappeared from view. They were still there all along but the media would not show them. Instead they portrayed freedom for women in the light of careers and limited children. Unwanted children were to be aborted all in the name of women’s rights, free love and the sexual revolution. Now come forward 40 years…
When large families emerged on the landscape once again they appeared so out-of-sorts that the media has been searching for a label. Since the birth control pill gave a female complete control over her body, why would a woman want to raise a bunch of kids? Cultural elites figure she must be odd and certainly uneducated or forced into it by a dictatorial husband…certainly no sane modern woman would want to do such a foolish thing with her life, given all that is available for women. Quite often this is the attitude toward mothers of large families and this is one reason why I am fighting against a lopsided version of what it means to be an educated woman, a supporter of female rights, quiverfull and a mother.
When the Catholics were known for birthing children, no one was accusing the Vatican of a plot to take over the earth. Catholics were simply obeying scripture and yes their birth numbers were higher. But now Protestants are joining Catholics and coming back toward this same obedience. Those who oppose seem to be seeking to put this into a box and label it a “movement” trying hard to scare well wishers.
YES we are BIRTHING children, but YOU can too! Anyone in America can do this and we welcome you whole heartedly to give it a try. Your life will be full of joy and contentment, laughter and a wonderful future with your grown children who will hopefully someday bless you with grand babies!