Thiruvananthapuram, India, Aug 31, 2011 / 23:21 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Catholic parishes in Kerala have created incentives for Catholics to have larger families because of concerns that the Catholic population has started to decline.
A parish in Kerala’s Wayand district now offers fixed-rate deposits of $225 that are held in the name of the fifth child born to a Catholic family in 2011.
Fr. Jose Kocharackal, vicar of St. Vincent De Paul Forane Church in Kalpetta, said that the church had issued deposits to two families in the parish. Part of the Sunday collection is set aside for funding the deposits.
The program was planned and instituted with help from the Sion Prolife Movement in the Diocese of Mananthavady, UCA News reports.
Salu Mecheril, the organization’s regional coordinator, said the campaign’s popularity is increasing. A second parish is preparing to adopt the same plan.
“We are working to spread the campaign in all the parishes of the diocese,” Mecheril said.