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Demographics trump dissent

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 17, 2006

To those of us who have long been interested in population studies, it was clear at least as early as 1990 that there was going to be serious trouble for those countries lining the northern Mediterranean rim as reproduction rates continued to drop, the average age of the population continued to rise, and immigration tallies (particularly of Arabs and Muslims) skyrocketed.

However, with all of the media attention this alarming “new” trend has earned recently, one might begin to wonder: Did those of us who feared that Pope John Paul II was not a rigorous enough disciplinarian get it wrong?

Our late Pope must surely have been aware of the population trends in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere. With most prominent dissident Catholic leaders above the age of 60, and the general failure of dissidents to procreate, their cause has no future. So-- the argument could go-- what is the point of further punishment?

If the predictions are true, within several generations we may be looking at a dramatically different landscape in the Church. As the long-suffering Catholics (those who have actually read and understood Evangelium Vitae) emerge triumphant, what will we need to make that victory truly productive-– and prevent ourselves from becoming insufferable? Courage, patience, humility, charity, meekness-- virtues our late Pope possessed in abundance, and wrote about eloquently.

The pursuit of evil brings its own punishment.

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  • Posted by: sparch - Mar. 20, 2006 5:59 PM ET USA

    BINGO !

  • Posted by: - Mar. 19, 2006 12:45 AM ET USA

    The proposed approach might be called "When history gives you lemmings let the lemmings have AIDS". I don't buy it.

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - Mar. 18, 2006 2:41 PM ET USA

    It is hard to blame the africans lined up in the ports of north africa trying to excape dysfuncitonal societies. The problem is two fold: 1) the failed societies and governments in africa and the 2) worker vacuum in europe. The huddling masses of africa will fill the gap and bring their social dysfunction with them as seen in France. The remedy is two fold: Europeans must reproduce and the disorder of africa corrected.

  • Posted by: Charles134 - Mar. 17, 2006 2:44 PM ET USA

    "Did those of us who feared that Pope John Paul II was not a rigorous enough disciplinarian get it wrong?" When the bodies of the dissenters die, there souls will go somewhere. So will the souls of those whom the dissenters taught without paternal correction. Has invincible ignorance become the ordinary means through which Christ bestows upon us His saving graces won on the Cross? Plus, those of us who haven't died out yet have to put up with lousy liturgies. I vote "not great," by the way

  • Posted by: - Mar. 17, 2006 12:42 PM ET USA

    The root of the declining birthrate problem is idolatry. We --- Europeans and Americans alike --- have made sex, material objects and power our idols. We want big houses, fancy cars, electronic gadgets, the latest fashions, money, sexual gratification, power, long vacations, important job titles, and so on usque ad nauseam. These dreams require money, and money requires married couples both to work. Kids just get in the way. But the Lord has a way of dashing these kinds of dreams.

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