What a great thread. I aplaude you.
When I met My Wife Connie and married her in just 5 weeks, she brought 2 girls to the marriage. Connie was 11 years younger than I. I told her that I am not going to marry a Step-Wife therefore I will never have any Step-Children. They would be mine from the get-go.
They are my daughters and I will love them no less than those from my loin. We were married for 35 years before Cancer took her. You can see the photos of those beautiful girls in my album who always call me Dad unless they are not happy with me then it might be SOB. The point is they were integrated into our family unit as one with all. No division. That marriage brought my family to 7 daughters and 2 of the other kind.
When I married Valerie after 7 months she also gave me two more daughters and one of the other kind. That gives me a total of one dozen. Pretty nice I think.
Marriage takes work and most of all it takes LOVE and dedication. It is giving not taking.
I have been so very blessed, and as a side note Valerie 16 years my junior and myself talked of what our children might look like. We decided that we probably would have to adopt. .I have been there and done that. BTW both women Connie and Valerie pursued me I got smart and let them win.
Gods love to all
So sad to hear that potential Catholic parents are making those statements.Is there much difference from those who want to abort or clone because it's not the right time or not perfect?
Children are gifts from God.There is no surety or perfect person.One might even react differently to the same circumstances .No one is perfect not even us adults.
We are called to work with God for his honour and glory. :