Church’s role in family planning welcome

Editor,  I am pleased with the Association of Pentecostal churches of Rwanda’s  involvement in family planning campaign (The New Times September 5).  This is a positive move by the church, in relation to Rwanda’s goal of checking population growth. Gone are the days when religious leaders would criticise family planning, claiming that it was against biblical teachings.

Editor,

I am pleased with the Association of Pentecostal churches of Rwanda’s  involvement in family planning campaign (The New Times September 5).

This is a positive move by the church, in relation to Rwanda’s goal of checking population growth.

Gone are the days when religious leaders would criticise family planning, claiming that it was against biblical teachings.

I remember an incidence in my local church when a cleric almost disowned his daughter after finding contraceptive pills in her home, yet she was married and independent.

The church should not passively accept family planning but should rather spread its “gospel” even to more Rwandans.

Big families are partly to blame for poverty. To some extent, the church is aware of the benefits of having small families but simply bury their heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich.

Julius Kagabo
Kigali

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