Sci-fi/theoretical/moral/legal questions
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(02-02-2016, 12:02 PM)Melkite Wrote: Then, in this situation, assuming that it were true that limiting the number of persons was essential for the survival of the species, you are saying any Catholic married couple has the right to procreate the rest of the species into imminent extinction.

At least from that passage in PP, it depends what you mean by "right."  Whether they are sinning (a moral right) is a different question as to whether public authority or others could constrain them. 

Not saying I know definitively the answer to either of those questions for these circumstances, but that encyclical at least seems to say procreation is a matter of conscience for the couple for which they will be judged, but regarding which they cannot be coerced.
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(02-02-2016, 04:25 PM)SaintSebastian Wrote: At least from that passage in PP, it depends what you mean by "right."  Whether they are sinning (a moral right) is a different question as to whether public authority or others could constrain them. 

Not saying I know definitively the answer to either of those questions for these circumstances, but that encyclical at least seems to say procreation is a matter of conscience for the couple for which they will be judged, but regarding which they cannot be coerced.

If the society does not have the right to constrain and coerce the couple into abstinence, then the couple also does not have the right to constrain and coerce the society into death, right?  So, if we determine that the couple has the right to procreate regardless of what's best for society, then the society likewise has the right not to be coerced into death, even if the only way to prevent their own death is to throw the procreating couple out of an airlock, yes?
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