You sang happy birthday in church? Outside? In the parish hall? If so, in church, well, that's inappropriate. The focus in the Church ought to be on God.
They (large families) shouldn't feel at home until they get to Heaven. And they should feel as guests in God's house. We should focus on God, not how comfortable we are or how easy it is to do X.
I'm not used to this sort of talk from you, CC... I think this thread has probably fell off the point of no return if you're saying stuff like this. Dude, you're a single guy... family life is tough. Real challenging. So in that sense, "comfort" is a very relative term. My son's mother had you know nipple infections and all that... so breastfeeding isn't "easy" - it's an art and a science. We want people to be at mass, after all.
Yeah the happy birthday was in the parish hall in the church basement after mass. Anyhoo, my point was that our priest has a warm, big heart for families... and we have big families... and they behave with real respect whilst in church for the very most part... so I'd rather maybe a little breastfeeding here and there (which I'd rarely notice anyways) then coming down too hard on families and causing issues unnecessarily.
I have no doubt family life is tough. But life is going to be tough for everyone, be it priest or laity, sinner or saint. That's the deal, due to the Fall. Churches should be welcoming, but we should keep our focus on God and conducting ourselves with proper behavior. No one finds it odd that we would respect the house of someone we are visiting, or being quiet and respectful if visiting a superior (maybe it's just me?), so why not so for the Creator of the Universe?
No doubt families are great and important. And, no, we shouldn't be coming down hard on families. My fun story is in Germany, some crank put a sign up on the church door saying children should be left at home so as to make the church quiet and not have distractions. I told my friends, they told the priest (being native Germans... they knew how to speak better, ha!), and the priest, before his homily for the day, said children of COURSE are welcome, it's a great thing, and no one should put signs on the door.
As I said in my first post on this thread, I think it *could* possibly be done if done discreetly. If there is an issue, then it would be better done elsewhere.
But, I've taken a bit of Devil's Advocate and I haven't seen anyone make a decent argument, aside from "well, God made babies that way, so it's OK." Not a good argument. We've had a lot of appeals to emotion, a lot of sidetracking the issue, and a lot of ad hominems, but no argument put forth.
If someone could suitably answer Walty's questions, then we'd be getting somewhere.
I doubt that'll happen though.