He said that "likewise it would be very naive to suppose that government is going to be able to reverse this trend with the mere passage of incentives to give birth, however necessary they may be."
In fact, he underscored that the "wealthiest social classes" do not have a higher than average fertility rate, while "the immigrants in Spain have a much greater number of children than the natives, even though their economic level is lower and their objective difficulties to balance work and personal life are greater."
Consequently "our birthrate crisis is one of the most obvious signs of the crisis of values the West is suffering," the bishop explained.
"In the context of a society in which quality of life is identified with mere well-being, the challenge of motherhood and fatherhood is perceived as too demanding … it's undeniable that the education of children demands a full and unconditional commitment, I would dare to say heroic, which is not easily compatible with the culture of the weekend, the digital invasion, compulsive consumerism, widespread disordered lives, the existential crisis."
"Certainly motherhood and fatherhood require 'giving your life' in the broadest sense of the term" since "the demographic crisis hides a crisis of hope," Munilla noted.
"To address the question it's important for us to understand that the low birthrate not only compromises the future of a culture but affects to a great extent its present," since "the dearth of children in our families and in our society impoverishes much more than we suppose."
The bishop emphasized that "on not a few occasions we have found that only the innocence of children is capable of jolting us out of our comfort zone, of our becoming bourgeois, leading us to give the best of ourselves until we reach the height of maturity, which often coincides with self-forgetfulness" and so he stressed that "our culture urgently needs children because there are few things so false as joy without innocence."
Munilla also recalled that it is important not "to deprive children of the experience of having brothers and sisters" since its deficit "translates in education, in the notable difficulty in socialization, besides the tendency to developt a narcissistic wound."
"If the filial experience helps us to become conscious of our dignity, that we are unique and irrepeatable, the experience of fraternity teaches us to be one among all; something absolutely necessary," he reflected.
He explained that "fatherhood and motherhood require 'giving your life.' But life is something that is greater than us. It's a 'miracle' that we have received gratis and we are called to transmit it generously" and that is why "we believers do not usually speak of reproduction but of procreation" and that "the parents cooperate with God the creator to give life to the world."