The world population is now estimated at 7.5 billion people, with most coming from poor developing countries that are least able to deal with their exploding populations. In my view, no greater threat exists to the stability of our environment, indeed to our existence, than overpopulation. It is notoriously an outstanding cause of poverty, suffering, unemployment and even war.
Yet, we see popes fly into poverty stricken Third World countries and tell its poor uneducated masses, whose bodies already show the advanced signs of malnutrition and starvation, that they should be “fruitful and multiply.” I know the Church has always understood that high birth rates increase ecclesiastical power, but to encourage families to keep producing children regardless of a family’s ability to even marginally sustain itself is a monumental display of ignorance and arrogance. Unfortunately, it’s the same institution that suppresses educational information above family planning, birth control and other reproductive services.
The Church has made progress over the past few years in protecting altar boys. It’s now time for the Church to start protecting women and their families. To make irresponsible parenthood a virtue and irrational human proliferation a duty, is not only profoundly repugnant, it is morally despicable. Our primary concern should be about the quality of life, not about the quantity of it.
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