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Quiverfull, Catholics and The Sound of Music

January 8, 2010

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!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2013 3:38 pm

    I am a convert to Catholicism who was a big fan of the Quiverfull movement as a Protestant (I loved Vision Forum) and now as a Catholic I still consider myself strongly part of this movement. I have 5 and counting.
    Great article. I wish more Catholics would obey their Church and stop contracepting and misusing NPF. No married couple HAS to have children to have a fulfilling marriage, after all there are infertile people , but the teaching of the Catholic CHurch is that marriage must be “ordered toward” procreation. This is why homosexual marriage is impossible. So even if an elderly couple (who is infertile) shares the marital act, that act is ordered to procreation as long as they are open to life.
    If people are not open to life, then they should not be having sex, and they should not have gotten married in the first place. So this is why contraception is a grave evil. Its expressed intent is to seperate the sexual act from procreation. In that way, contraception is disordered in the same way homosexual activity is. This is something I came to understand as a Protestant, and now as a Catholic, I find myself wishing more Protestants would see the light about contraception and how evil it is.

    Keep up the good work.

    -Quiverfull Catholic

  2. linda permalink
    August 16, 2011 3:10 am

    I am a Catholic, ROB, and no, the birth control restriction STILL stands!!!

  3. July 14, 2011 1:25 pm

    I’ve often wondered what happened to the Catholic church. Long known for it’s restrictions on birth control, somehow all of that went by the wayside. Most Catholics I know now only have 1-2 kids.

  4. Katie permalink
    July 12, 2011 6:01 pm

    Esbee, Christ said that not everyone can accept marriage and the ties that come with it (such as what he said about not divorcing) not everyone is meant to be married in the first place. It shouldn’t be assumed (as it often is in our society) that everyone must grow up and be married.

  5. June 16, 2011 8:14 pm

    God does not make “cookie cutter Christians”, meaning each christian has to follow the individual path God has laid out for them….It is a personal relationship and we do not always follow closely, sometimes not at all. For some missionaries, they chose to leave behind their one or two children to let others raise them as they felt led by God into deepest darkest jungles to spread the Gospel.
    In my case, with my husband suffering illness after illness in our 30 plus yrs of marriage, we felt no kids was best for our situation. I never wanted any anyway, so God had already made someone to be my husband’s life partner.
    Joni Eareckson, a vibrant Christian, lives her life in a wheel chair after being crippled in a diving accident as a young woman. God gave her a husband who loves her deeply but they have no children.
    Jesus never married nor had children as He was about HIs father’s business.
    The problem is that sometimes we think that what God wants in our life is what He wants for every other christian, then we mistakenly try to put those ways of living on others as being the only way. Remember, there was only one Moses who led the Israelites out of Egypt, one Noah, one flood, only one David who slew Goliath, and one Mary who was visited by the Holy Spirit to become pregnant with Jesus.
    I once helped a family much like the Duggars homeschool as they were on their way to having 12 kids. The wife said to me all she could ever think of as she was growing up was having babies. I told her all I could ever think of as I was growing up was having horses, which God has blessed me with 3.

    • July 27, 2011 1:58 pm

      “Procreative sex” was the very first commandment God spoke to man (Genesis 1:27). Couples who obey this commandment and create children are not “cookie-cutter Christians”, you are incorrect, in God’s eyes they are “obedient” human beings. Having a family is not a “Christian” thing, it is a humanity thing. I am sorry that your husband is ill and I do understand how this can harshly affect a marriage, but may i please ask you a question? If the two of you had faced your same problems 100 hundred years ago or 3000 years ago,what would you have done back then? Would the two of you have been willing to never have sex? This was the only choice people had in situations like yours before birth control was available to the masses. Just because today in 2011, birth control can allow you to “opt-out of parenthood” does not mean that God did not desire for children to come from your lovemaking. As you stated above, you chose to not allow children BUT you two have no idea whether a few children would have made the last 30 years a little bit sweeter and a lot less lonely. There are so many smiles and hugs that might have been yours! But this was the “individual” path the two of you chose. It is nice that you can enjoy your three horses but it is sad you don’t have any children to ride on them. May your love of horses inspire you to share the love of God.

  6. A.Roddy permalink
    June 1, 2010 5:32 am

    I think of Andrea Yates at the mention of Quiverfull. She kept having children in spite of doc orders because it was obeying the scripture about submissiveness. There seems to be this stigma that marriage and family bring happiness to everyone. And what about the ones almost past child bearing years? I just cringe when these new’ trends’ catch on. Women should be proud of themselves and self-confident children or not. They shouldnt feel second to those with children. Its nothing against large families but the over glamorization of them.

    • January 2, 2011 5:05 am

      I appreciate the feedback but golly can’t we please leave poor Andrea Yates alone? She obviously had other issues. It is really sad when one person becomes the scapegoat for an entire movement.What about the thousands upon thousands of happy mothers who are not like Andrea Yates. The Bible says motherhood completes a woman and makes her happy. This is not a “new trend” to birth lots of children, it is an age old trend that never should have gone away.

      • Katie permalink
        July 12, 2011 5:56 pm

        Seriously enough already!! She is ONE woman out of THOUSANDS of QF moms and moms of large families. Last I checked, unmarried moms and moms with 1, 2 or 3 kids can be murderers too, and quite more often. This woman was a schizophrenic who said she still knew the difference between right and wrong and did what “Satan told her to do”. WE have that choice of whether to follow satan or keep persevering in the faith. All of us do, and most of us choose correctly!!

      • Katie permalink
        July 12, 2011 5:59 pm

        Oh and also, I have serious doubts as to how committed a Christian and how QF she was. First off I read they did use birth control from time to time, that she did not believe that salvation could come to anyone by God’s grace if they were “sinful” and that they had lived in sin before they were married for quite a while and apparently had no problem with that. Sounds pretty worldly to me!

  7. doucementgently permalink
    January 9, 2010 4:03 am


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