May 21, 2024

We Need More Children; There’s ‘No Shortage of Dogs and Cats’

ROME — Pope Francis lamented the West’s continued demographic decline, insisting on Friday that fewer kids alerts a scarcity of hope sooner or later.

Countering “outdated” myths of harmful overpopulation, the pontiff contended that removed from being an issue, human beings are the answer to the world’s difficulties.

Without naming names, the pope seemingly referred to characters like Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich, who penned the 1968 doomsday bestseller The Population Bomb, which sparked hysteria over the long run of the world and the earth’s skill to maintain human life.

Among Ehrlich’s predictions that proved spectacularly improper, he prophesied that a whole bunch of thousands and thousands would starve to loss of life within the Nineteen Seventies (65 million of whom could be Americans), that already-overpopulated India was doomed, and that the majority in all probability “England will not exist in the year 2000.”

In his deal with to the General States of Natality, an annual convention in Rome organized by the Italian authorities to debate the nation’s declining beginning charge, Francis asserted that “every gift of a child reminds us that God has confidence in humanity” as a result of our existence “is not the result of chance: God wanted us.”

At the foundation of air pollution and hunger on the planet should not too many kids being born, he asserted, however quite “the choices of those who think only of themselves, the delirium of an unbridled, blind and rampant materialism, of a consumerism that, like an evil virus, undermines the existence of people and society.”

Houses “fill up with objects and are emptied of children, becoming very sad places,” the pope added. “There is no shortage of dogs and cats. … These are not lacking. There is a shortage of children.”

“The problem of our world is not the children who are born: it is selfishness, consumerism and individualism, which make people satiated, lonely and unhappy,” he mentioned.

According to the pope, the beginning charge is “the first indicator of the hope of a people.”

“Without children and young people, a country loses its desire for the future,” he mentioned, noting that the common age of the Italian inhabitants has now risen to 47 years.

If we had been to take these information as a base, “we would be forced to say that Italy is progressively losing its hope in tomorrow, like the rest of Europe,” he mentioned.

“The Old Continent is increasingly turning into the continent of the old, a tired and resigned continent, so caught up in exorcising loneliness and anguish that it no longer knows how to savor, in the civilization of giving, the true beauty of life,” he mentioned.

The pope went on to narrate a dialog with a demographer who informed him that the very best income-generating investments are “weapons manufacturing and contraceptives.”

“One destroys life; the other prevents life. And these are the most profitable investments. What future can we expect?” he mentioned.

In his deal with, Francis additionally referred to as for larger social and authorities motion to create an financial and cultural setting the place married {couples} really feel extra free to have kids.

As examples, he mentioned that moms ought to be put ready the place “they do not have to choose between work and childcare” and that younger {couples} ought to be freed “from the burden of job insecurity and the impossibility of buying a house.”