Let’s Talk About Orphanages

It isn’t a very genial prediction that heartbeat laws and similar legislative instruments will be very big in the coming years. The Supreme Court will strike down the first variants, but I have no doubts that new versions will keep popping in to keep the cowards under pressure. As I have already written, this battle needs to be won outside of the courts first.

In my eyes, one aspect that has not been sufficiently explored is the orphanage system. It’s as if the mother were in front of the alternative between killing her own baby or being “burdened” (I know…) with him.

This has never been so and, actually, should not be so. For countless generations, unwanted children were raised in orphanages and monasteries or other religious institutions. The mothers deposited the children on a “wheel”, or took care the institution got the baby, and that was that. No questions asked, no DNA tests, no social workers army, no illusory pursuits of deadbeat “fathers” peddling marijuana on street corners.

This is the way it worked in Italy. Christian charity or efficient government structures, not wasteful, tax-subsidised busybodying, took care of the children. The double scandal of a child raised 1) by a single mother outside of wedlock, 2) at taxpayer’s expense and 3) on the street without any proper guidance, was not allowed. The mother herself, if so inclined, saw the unbloody end of her “burden”. The child received a Christian education.

Every Italian of a certain age will tell you how big orphanages used to be, and how proud the Country was of them. The system worked. The money for children was there, as it has always been with or without government involvement. The public purse was not used to give scandal, or to encourage professional single motherhood.

This is, I think, the alternative to abortion that should be presented and insisted upon. It’s not abortion or single motherhood. In fact, this should be positively avoided. It’s a) a heinous crime or b) “free” after nine months!

Also, the pro-life movement should push for a legal environment that encourages and makes possible to use a modern version of the “wheel”, even without any taxpayer subsidy. There would be no shortage of money to make these structure works; and, being private structures, they would work well at a fraction of the costs of many a public council.

Such an initiative was tried in Germany years ago. It failed, because the Goebbelsian, all-invading control of German society cannot tolerate that a child lives in a different way that Dr Goebbels decided it’s fitting.

I think this is a promising avenue for the pro-life movement. It would greatly help the perception of a post-abortion society. It would be attractive to fiscally conservative, albeit socially tragically liberal, pro-abortionists. It would promise a world where the chain of multi generational scrounging is broken. It would create an environment where children can be raised properly, with both a spine and a suitable religious guidance.

I think there should be much, much more talk about this.

Posted on November 23, 2021, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Yes!! This should be sent to every pro-life organization and politician.

  2. The key to being pro-life is to make it part of your being so that no matter what circumstances “providence” (ominipotent God) brings your way, you always take the side of life – no matter the cost.

    This little movie about an anonymous little man who learned to say “yes to life” when faced with a profoundly handicapped son at birth and a Doctor who presented him eith a choice – freedom or life – chose life. Now, his son, alive and still profoundly disabled who he could have legally killed and enjoyed a few years burden free without him, is a smiling body of inert, needy, disabled but luminous love for his father who chose him as an act of will.

    The best part? That act, that choice led to the father ultimately creating the namesake for this movie: The Drop Box. Circumstances led him from his child to another child to another and another, all of whom were abandoned and left for dead on the streets of his Korean city … and then led to his creating a drop box, namesake for the movie, to make it *easier* for ashamed mothers to give their child to someone who cares.

    Mother drops their child in the box and leaves. A bell rings inside the home. Man wakes up, goes downstairs, retrieves child and cares for child as his own. He adopts some out to others. Many become his children. His family is large and messy. His home a mess pit of children, happiness, love.

    I was convinced by this movie, having gone part way along the road of this man to go all the way. Commit. Burn the ship, as they say. Life from God in our day is in need of protecting by those who can.

    Highly recommend the movie. It was a game changer for me. With every ounce of my strength ….. be like this man.

  3. A beautiful pipe dream in my opinion. The youth of today have no critical thinking skills and deal with reality in a sappy, sentimental way—“It would hurt too much to give my baby away! & “It would be mean!”

    The media, the think tanks, the government, the schools and sadly the Church have no clue how to operationalize an orphanage based system. And so big abortion rules the day. This is my opinion.

  4. Brenda VanWeezel

    So many things would keep this from happening in the newly communiistic and secular USA. Laws are already in place, depending on the state you live in, to keep people from teaching their adopted children religion or faith. Supposedly, the Catholic orphanages in our country were corrput…per the media (eyeroll). And our bishops would never allow this. I wish I had the money and space to take in babies myself. But as a unwittingly divorced mom, who has to support herself, I don’t have the means to do this. And last but not least, there is this idea in the pro-life movement that it is always better for the “unplanned” pregnant mom to keep her baby and for us to help her, is better than adoption or an orphanage.

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