The devastating results of rejecting God’s command: ‘Be fruitful and multiply’

The devastating results of rejecting God’s command: ‘Be fruitful and multiply’

Editor’s note: The full text of John-Henry Westen’s talk appears at 

ROME, June 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The demeaning jokes and public admonishments endured by parents of large families is not an expression of political correctness but the result of guilt incurred by those who have rejected God’s command to be “fruitful and multiply,” said John-Henry Westen, editor-in-chief and co-founder of LifeSiteNews, at a recent conference in Rome.

Mothers and Fathers of big families “are walking billboards of openness to life which torment the consciences of those who reject God’s blessing and command to be fruitful and multiply,” he said to a gathering of members of the newly formed JP II Academy for Human Life and Family in Rome on May 21. The conference was titled “Humanae Vitae 50 – Veritatis Splendor 25.”

Westen, who himself is the father of a family of eight, noted that the public criticisms mostly come from women, and is related to their guilt for having turned their backs on the very first commandment of God to man found in Scripture:

And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth, (Genesis 1:28).

“This constant teaching of the Church is what lead to one of the greatest compliments to motherhood ever penned,” said Westen.  “Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty, the great apostle against communism wrote:

The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral—a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body. Even the angels have not been given such a grace! What is more glorious than this: to be a mother.

“Man looks for various goods happiness, peace, joy, fulfillment, friendship, kinship, intimacy, freedom from poverty, and health,” said Westen, “But the rejection of God’s first command to mankind results in the loss of all of these goods, just as the result of the first sin by our parents resulted in the loss of the garden of Paradise.”

God Hates Contraception

“The Holy Bible indicates that God hates contraception,” declared Westen. “As the encyclical Casti Connubi says, God ‘regards with greatest detestation this horrible crime and at times has punished it with death.’ As St. Augustine notes, ‘Intercourse even with one’s legitimate wife is unlawful and wicked where the conception of the offspring is prevented. Onan, the son of Judah, did this and the Lord killed him for it.’”

The rejection of God’s command to be fruitful and multiply in our current age can be seen as the heart of the attack on marriage and the family.

“The late Cardinal Caffarra revealed at our Rome Life Forum last year that this attack is the fulfillment of Our Lady of Fatima’s prophecy of the ‘final battle between Our Lord and the Reign of Satan.’”

The Prophetic Nature of Humanae Vitae

“Humanae Vitae warned of many of the consequences of the acceptance of contraception in ways which make it look like a prophetic document today,” said Westen, noting that the encyclical warned of four resulting trends:

  • A general lowering of moral standards throughout society;
  • A rise in infidelity;
  • A lessening of respect for women by men;
  • And the coercive use of reproductive technologies by governments.

“You often hear that ‘it’s not so bad now, things were worse in the past,’” said Westen.   “Empirically however, that is not true.”

  • There are more people who view pornography on TV, the internet and movies today then there were people alive in 1917 when Our Lady warned that more people go to hell for sins of the flesh than any other reason.
  • Despite the claims of Planned Parenthood, consistent findings over the last three decades show that contraception increases rather than decreases abortion. And there are more deaths by abortion in the last 50 years than deaths by war in the history of the world.
  • Men outnumber women by 70 million in China and India.  The consequences of having too many men, now coming of age, are far-reaching: Beyond an epidemic of loneliness, the imbalance distorts labor markets, drives up savings rates in China and drives down consumption, artificially inflates certain property values, and parallels increases in violent crime, trafficking or prostitution in a growing number of locations.
  • Out of China’s population of 1.4 billion, there are nearly 34 million more males than females — the equivalent of almost the entire population of California, or Poland, who will never find wives and only rarely have sex.”
  • In India the problem is worse with an excess of 37 million males. It is the same as the whole population of Canada, all men, with no women at all.

“Even apart from the warnings of Humanae Vitae, the aftermath of contraception’s proliferation are devastating,” said Westen.

“The side effects of contraception are today well known.  Hormonal contraception increases users’ risk of blood clots, hair loss, brain shrinkage, hardening of the arteries, weight gain, decreased libido, and negative effects on mood, self-control, and energy level and increased infertility. There is an increased suicide risk, and cervical cancer risk, and of course a recognized increased risk of breast cancer.”

Westen went on to cite a litany of the unintended but very real consequences of society’s embrace of contraception.


The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported that gerontology researchers have linked the epidemic of loneliness among the elderly to a contraceptive mentality:  “…the fact that more and more people are opting not to have children threatens to worsen the isolation experienced by older people. Indeed, childlessness significantly increases the risk of loneliness.” [German Center of Gerontology] director Clemens Tesch-Römer.

In Germany over 20% of people aged over 70 have regular contact with only one person or none. Over two million Germans aged over 80 live alone. “One in four receives a visit less than once a month from friends and acquaintances, and nearly one in 10 is not visited by anyone anymore,” Der Spiegel reported in 2013.

Islam’s Takeover of Europe

“If you want to see the face of Europe in 100 years, barring a miracle, look to the faces of young Muslim immigrants,” said Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput at a 2017 Napa Institute conference.  “Islam has a future because Islam believes in children.”

Same Sex ‘Marriage’

Justice Kennedy explicitly rejected the notion that marriage is intrinsically oriented to procreation, writing: “An ability, desire, or promise to procreate is not and has not been a prerequisite for a valid marriage in any state.”” With the stress on the end or good of union, we are seeing these sorts of results, so it only confirms me in stressing the procreative end as the proprium of marriage.

The Most Devastating Sign Is the Damage in the Church

Since shortly after the election of Pope Francis there has been a steady stream of population control pushers speaking at the Vatican including even Paul Ehrlich, the father of the population control movement. The head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Sciences, Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, who ran most of those conferences, is himself a population control advocate saying on camera at one such Vatican conference that limiting births was an obligation of the Church.

Pope Francis himself, on January 19, 2015 while speaking of “responsible” parenthood, cautioned against Catholics being “like rabbits.”

Moreover, when Pope Francis was asked about “avoiding pregnancy” in areas at risk of Zika virus transmission, he said unlike abortion “On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil.” “In certain cases, as in this one, (Zika) it was clear,” he said. Asked for clarification, the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis was approving use of contraceptives and condoms in grave cases.

Contraception Brands with the Guilt of a Grave Sin

Pope Pius XI said, “Any use whatsoever of matrimony exercised in such a way that the act is deliberately frustrated in its natural power to generate life is an offense against the law of God and of nature, and those who indulge in such are branded with the guilt of a grave sin.”

“With our anti-natalist culture we are also depriving young married couples of the few years they have to beget children,” said Westen.  “That short space of some twenty years flies by — as we know once we reach middle age. So many young people realize today only after it is too late the joy of having children, of having many children.”

“God is indeed the author of life. It is indeed a command to be fruitful and multiply. It is also a blessing,” he concluded.

LifeSiteNews is pleased to provide Westen’s full talk at

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