'Pope Francis has urged us to have fewer children,’claims Vatican academy member
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FYI: This one had a correction issued. The following now appears at the top of the page:

(Editor’s note: A previous version of this story had misquoted Vatican conference speaker Peter Raven as saying, “Pope Francis has urged us to have fewer children to make the world more sustainable.” After reviewing the recording of his remarks that quote has been corrected. Read our correciton notice here.)

Here's the corrected quote:
"We need at some point to have a limited number of people which is why Pope Francis and his three most recent predecessors have always argued that you should not have more children than you can bring up properly," a panelist at a Vatican-run workshop on “how to save the natural world” claimed on Thursday.

Anyway, if we assume for the moment the premise being put forth by the panelist in the article, that limited resources cannot sustain a growing population, would that be a sufficient reason for limiting births? It seems to me it would be (it would fall under economic and social considerations).

The just or serious motives for limiting births given by Pius XII in the address to midwives are "such as those which not rarely arise from medical, eugenic, economic and social so-called 'indications...'"  Paul VI gives these considerations in Humanae Vitae: "physical, economic, psychological and social conditions..."

Of course, you could only use moral means to do so (the panelist says the same in the article).

I don't think a serious motive would include a consideration that was completely divorced from human welfare (ie the well-being of say, a plant or animal population, as an end in itself).

Of course, there is the question as to the validity of the premise and, if it is valid, there are still plenty of institutions pushing immoral means as a solution.
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Re: 'Pope Francis has urged us to have fewer children,’claims Vatican academy member - by SaintSebastian - 03-06-2017, 04:58 PM



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