Over at the Catholic Answers Forum, someone asked people to recollect on innocent childhood misconceptions they had about Catholicism. Most related stories of misinterpreting a priest’s words or certain prayers. I had a slightly different misconception when I was a child:
I grew up Protestant, and there was a large Catholic family who lived down the street from me. I knew absolutely nothing about Catholicism growing up, but I remember once mentioning to my parents that this family had a lot of kids. My mom just said, “well, they’re Catholic.” Like that explained it.
Since I didn’t even know yet how children were conceived, I remember thinking that Catholics must have some inside track on how to get the stork to come to their house!
Unfortunately today too many Catholic families have blocked the way for the stork to enter their houses, but demographics will eventually win out: if orthodox Catholic families are the only ones having 4, 5, 6+ kids, we will soon be the only ones left!