Correcting a couple of errors in the Pope's EncyclicalI downloaded the Popes encyclical about climate change to see what the fuss was about. Blow me down, the Pope writes: "Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate." This outright lie compells a response.
The laws of biology determine that poverty is caused by continued population growth. The great ecologist, Paul Colinvaux, illustrated this unavoidable fact in publications and books dated around 1976-1981.
Corollary: The Pope is a major cause of poverty.
Observation: Instead of accepting his own part in causing poverty, the Pope shifts blame to those who advocate for the real solution to the problem. Those who indulge in self-flagellation might like to be sent on such ill-conceived guilt trips, I do not. Pope John Paul II indulged in self flagellation. Does the present Pope also do the deed? If so, I suggest that he swing with more vigour!
Since the 1970's, it has become clear that fertility is automatically adjusted to a sane level when the following conditions are met:
Some would add that education is also required. I would argue that education is paramount for the person but only pertains to fertility in so much as it assists in the achievement of (1), (2) and (3) above. I have been swayed to this viewpoint by studies (1960's) of the Kalahari Bushmen which show that fertility levels of uneducated people were in the sustainable range but that fertility dramatically increased when a shift to agricultural lifestyle resulted in women having reduced economic and social status.
- Women have freedom. (Including freedom from the oppression of religious doctrine to reproduce.)
- Women have equal personal and economic status with men (and Popes).
- Women have access to means of birth control.