Skip to comments.On contraception and the coming violence: Interview with Pope’s personal theologian
Posted on 07/11/2013 7:24:20 PM PDT by Morgana
This is the second report from the 40-minute LifeSiteNews video-recorded interview with Fr. Giertych. The first report and video was Papal theologian: Treating homosexuals with dignity means telling them the truth)
Fr. Giertych in front of St. Peters
VATICAN CITY, July 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) I think clearly we can see that the economic crisis which we are observing in the western world is a direct consequence of 1968, of the rejection of Humanae Vitae, of the rejection of the Churchs teaching, and the approval of the sexual revolution, which has caused a demographic crash. Those were the words of Rev. Wojciech Giertych OP, the Theologian of the Papal Household, in a recent interview with LifeSiteNews.com in which the highly-placed prelate related some fascinating history and projections. (Video of this part of Giertych interview will be published very shortly)
Beyond the issue of people working less and living longer which creates economic instability, Fr. Giertych discussed the moral issue of spending money and throwing the debt on the next generation, on a generation which has been partly aborted, which has not met with the generosity of the parents, and described it as the preparation of a violent conflict between generations.
I am seeing this brewing, certainly in Europe, added Fr. Giertych. In America at least you have a public debate about the morality of extending the public debt and throwing the responsibility on the future generation.
Children living in poverty because their parents experienced a tragedy or war, can live with their circumstances understanding the calamity that led to their state he explained. He contrasted that however with "a vast segment of society saying we are poor compared to what the generation of our parents had, not because there was some catastrophe, but because the generation of our parents consumed all the [wealth] and threw the responsibility on us.
The papal theologian drew attention to the violent youth protests and mass unemployment across Europe. They are generally demonstrating saying, We have the right to receive, because their parents received grants for their studies, they received cheaper housing, and so they have this sense of entitlement which is a consequence of socialism somebody has to give.
Fr. Giertych warned ultimately there will be a violent conflict.
He said: And the states are finally saying, We cannot give. There is a limit, you know. How far can we go? And of course the state may produce money and be more and more in debt, but ultimately there will be a violent conflict, and euthanasia is one aspect of this conflict, which is a direct consequence of the expulsion of the transmission of life and the living out of sexuality. Ultimately it boils down to contraception its a consequence.
The Church, he said, will have an answer for the youth, one they will need to and be glad to hear. I think there will come a moment where the young people will need to hear, will be glad to hear from the Church a voice which will be on their side, and a voice which will point to the egoism of the hedonist generation that has distorted society, he said. And it has distorted society beginning at a very important focal point, which is sexuality and we are seeing the consequences.
We began our discussion with the Papal theologian how the Catholic Church could defend its hard teaching on contraception.
Fr, Giertych emphasized that the issue is about a reality that applies to everyone. He explained, its not only a question of being in sync with Church teaching, its being in sync with reality, with the nature of the human person and the nature of love, which we received from God, whereas the Churchs teaching is showing us the way towards that supreme love.
For Fr. Giertych there is nothing difficult about the answer of why the Catholic Church forbids contraception. Because it distorts the human sexuality, and elevates the moment of sexual pleasure, whereas it denies the fundamental finality of sexuality, which is the transmission of life, he said. Sexual activity has been created, devised by God, as a way of transmitting life and expressing love, whereas contraception separates the transmission of life which it excludes, and then focuses uniquely on the pleasure, which generates, as a result, egoism.
The main reason why the Church says no [to] contraception, said Fr. Geirtych, is that it destroys the quality of love, and marital love, which is a way of expressing the graces of the sacrament of matrimony, which is a way of living out the divine charity which is infused in the body and soul of the spouses.
He explained that marital love is to be of the supreme quality but contraception boils down to the saying of the spouse, Theres something in you that I love, but theres something in you that I hate, and I hate the fact that you can be a mother. So I require that this will be poisoned. Well, this is not love. It is not possible for a husband to say to his wife, I love you truly, if at the same time he demands that she poisons in her body the capacity to transmit life, to be a mother.
That distortion of sexuality, he said, distorts human relationships, distorts the entire living-out of human sexuality.
"When sexuality is not tied with the virtue of chastity, which trains the person how to integrate the sexual desire within charity, then everything is rocked. And certainly we are seeing this once contraception became so easily available. Were seeing, successively, the distortions of sexuality, and problems on the level of human relationships, of marriages breaking down, of a violent aggressiveness of women who are discovering that they are being abused as a result of contraception, and so theyre landing in an aggressive feminism, with rage against men. Contraception is leading to abortion, because it treats the potential child as an enemy, and if something goes wrong and a child is conceived then the child is easily aborted."
Excellent, thanks for posting.
Nobody realizes it yet, but this is the most important subject mankind is currently facing.
Very clear, very concise. Excellent article.
The greatest threat facing mankind is NOT anthropogenic "climate change."
Nor is it anthropogenic environmental damage.
It most certainly is not "overpopulation." Neither is it "peak oil." Nor is it food shortages.
The greatest threat facing mankind is, however, "anthropogenic."
Because the greatest threat facing mankind is the general failure of mankind to reproduce:
And the primary means by which mankind has stopped reproducing are abortifacient hormonal contraceptives and abortion itself.
Look around you and think for a minute: Is America too crowded?
For years, we have been warned about the looming danger of overpopulation: people jostling for space on a planet thats busting at the seams and running out of oil and food and land and everything else.
Its all bunk. The population bomb never exploded. Instead, statistics from around the world make clear that since the 1970s, weve been facing exactly the opposite problem: people are having too few babies. Population growth has been slowing for two generations. The worlds population will peak, and then begin shrinking, within the next fifty years. In some countries, its already started. Japan, for instance, will be half its current size by the end of the century. In Italy, there are already more deaths than births every year. Chinas One-Child Policy has left that country without enough women to marry its men, not enough young people to support the countrys elderly, and an impending population contraction that has the ruling class terrified.
And all of this is coming to America, too. In fact, its already here. Middle-class Americans have their own, informal one-child policy these days. And an alarming number of upscale professionals dont even go that farthey have dogs, not kids. In fact, if it werent for the wave of immigration we experienced over the last thirty years, the United States would be on the verge of shrinking, too.
What happened? Everything about modern lifefrom Bugaboo strollers to insane college tuition to government regulationshas pushed Americans in a single direction, making it harder to have children. And making the people who do still want to have children feel like second-class citizens.
What to Expect When No Ones Expecting explains why the population implosion happened and how it is remaking culture, the economy, and politics both at home and around the world.
Because if America wants to continue to lead the world, we need to have more babies.
Fewer tells a monumental human story, largely ignored, but which promises to starkly change the human condition in the years to come. Never before have birth and fertility rates fallen so far, so fast, so low, for so long, in so many places, so surprisingly. In Fewer, Ben Wattenberg shows how and why this has occurred, and explains what it means for the future. The demographic plunge, he notes, is starkly apparent in the developed nations of Europe and Japan, which will lose about 150 million people in the next half century. Starting from higher levels, but moving with geometric speed, the demographic decline is also apparent in the less developed nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Only the United States (so far) has been exempt from the birth dearth, leaving America as more than "the sole super-power." Perhaps it should be called the global "omni-power." These stark demographic changes will affect commerce, the environment, public financing, and geo-politics. Here Wattenberg lists likely winners and losers. In Wattenberg's world of "The New Demography" readers get a look at a topic often chattered about, but rarely understood.
Youve heard about the Death of the West. But the Muslim world is on the brink of an even greater collapse. WILL WE GO DOWN IN THE IMPLOSION? Thanks to collapsing birthrates, much of Europe is on a path of willed self-extinction. The untold story is that birthrates in Muslim nations are declining faster than anywhere elseat a rate never before documented. Europe, even in its decline, may have the resources to support an aging population, if at a terrible economic and cultural cost. But in the impoverished Islamic world, an aging population means a civilization on the brink of total collapse something Islamic terrorists know and fear. Muslim decline poses new threats to America, challenges we cannot even understand, much less face effectively, without a wholly new kind of political analysis that explains how desperate peoples and nations behave. In How Civilizations Die, David P. Goldmanauthor of the celebrated Spengler column read by intelligence organizations worldwidereveals how, almost unnoticed, massive shifts in global power are remaking our future.
Remarkably, most conventional wisdom about the shifting balance of world power virtually ignores one of the most fundamental components of power: population. The studies that do consider international security and demographic trends almost unanimously focus on population growth as a liability. In contrast, the distinguished contributors to this volumesecurity experts from the Naval War College, the American Enterprise Institute, and other think tankscontend that demographic decline in key world powers now poses a profound challenge to global stability. The countries at greatest risk are in the developed world, where birthrates are falling and populations are aging. Many have already lost significant human capital, capital that would have helped them innovate and fuel their economy, man their armed forces, and secure a place at the table of world power. By examining the effects of diverging population trends between the United States and Europe and the effects of rapid population aging in Japan, India, and China, this book uncovers increasing tensions within the transatlantic alliance and destabilizing trends in Asian security. Thus, it argues, relative demographic decline may well make the world less, and not more, secure.
Overpopulation has long been a global concern. But between modern medicine and reduced fertility, world population may in fact be shrinking--and is almost certain to do so by the time today's children retire. The troubling implications for our economy and culture include:* The possibility of a fundamentalist revival due to the decline of secular fertility* The threat to the free market as the supply of workers and consumers declines* The eventual collapse of the American health care system as inordinate expenses are incurred by an aging populationPhillip Longman's uncompromisingly sensible solutions fly in the face of traditional ideas. State intervention is necessary, he argues, to combat the effects of an aging population. We must provide incentives for young families, and we cannot close our eyes and hope for the best as an entire generation approaches retirement age.The Empty Cradle changes the terms of one of the most important environmental, economic, and social debates of our day.
The world's population is still growing, thanks to rising longevity. But fertility rates - the average number of children born per woman - are falling nearly everywhere. More and more adults are deciding to have fewer and fewer children. Worldwide, reports the UN, there are 6 million fewer babies and young children today than there were in 1990. By 2015, according to one calculation, there will be 83 million fewer. By 2025, 127 million fewer. By 2050, the world's supply of the youngest children may have plunged by a quarter of a billion, and will amount to less than 5 percent of the human family. The reasons for this birth dearth are many. Among them: As the number of women in the workforce has soared, many have delayed marriage and childbearing, or decided against them altogether. The Sexual Revolution, by making sex readily available without marriage, removed what for many men had been a powerful motive to marry. Skyrocketing rates of divorce have made women less likely to have as many children as in generations past. Years of indoctrination about the perils of "overpopulation" have led many couples to embrace childlessness as a virtue. Result: a dramatic and inexorable aging of society. In the years ahead, the ranks of the elderly are going to swell to unprecedented levels, while the number of young people continues to dwindle. The working-age population will shrink, first in relation to the population of retirees, then in absolute terms. A world without children will be a poorer world - grayer, lonelier, less creative, less confident. Children are a great blessing, but it may take their disappearance for the world to remember why.
Demographic Winter: Decline of the Human Family (DVD/ Documentary) by Rick Stout
Product Overview One of the most ominous events of modern history is quietly unfolding. Social scientists and economists agree - we are headed toward a demographic winter which threatens to have catastrophic social and economic consequences. The effects will be severe and long lasting and are already becoming manifest in much of Europe.
A groundbreaking film, Demographic Winter: Decline of the Human Family, reveals in chilling soberness how societies with diminished family influence are now grimly seen as being in social and economic jeopardy.
Demographic Winter draws upon experts from all around the world - demographers, economists, sociologists, psychologists, civic and religious leaders, parliamentarians and diplomats. Together, they reveal the dangers facing society and the worlds economies, dangers far more imminent than global warming and at least as severe. These experts will discuss how:
The population bomb not only did not have the predicted consequences, but almost all of the developed countries of the world are now experiencing fertility rates far below replacement levels. Birthrates have fallen so low that even immigration cannot replace declining populations, and this migration is sapping strength from developing countries, the fertility rates for many of which are now falling at a faster pace than did those of the developed countries.
The economies of the world will continue to contract as the human capital spoken of by Nobel Prize winning economist Gary Becker, diminishes. The engines of commerce will be strained as the workers of today fail to replace themselves and are burdened by the responsibility to support an aging population.
Government programs will slow-bleed by the decrease in tax dollars received from an ever shrinking work force. The skyrocketing ratio of the old retirees to the young workers will render current-day social security systems completely unable to support the aging population.
Our attempts to modernize through social engineering policies and programs have left children growing up in broken homes, with absentee parents and little exposure to extended family, disconnected from the generations, and these children are experiencing severe psychological, sociological and economic consequences. The intact familys immeasurable role in the development and prosperity of human societies is crumbling.
The influence of social and economic problems on ever shrinking, increasingly disconnected generations will compound and accelerate the deterioration. Our children and our childrens children will bear the economic and social burden of regenerating the human capital that accounts for 80% of wealth in the economy, and they will be ill-equipped to do so.
Is there a tipping point, after which the accelerating consequences will make recovery impossible without complete social and economic collapse? Even the experts cant tell us how far we can go down this road, oblivious to the outcomes, until we reach a point where sliding into the void becomes unpreventable.
Only if the political incorrectness of talking about the natural family within policy circles is overcome will solutions begin to be found. These solutions will necessarily result in policy changes, changes that will support and promote the natural, intact family.
Just as it took the cumulative involvement of activist organizations, policy makers, the business world and the media to create the unintended consequences we are beginning to experience, so it will take the holistic contribution of all of these entities, together with civic and religious organizations, to change the hearts and minds of all of society to bring about a reversal.
It may be too late to avoid some very severe consequences, but with effort we may be able to preclude calamity. Demographic Winter lays out a forthright province of discussion. The warning voices in this film need to be heard before a silent, portentous fall turns into a long, hard winter.
Demography is destiny. But not always in the way we imagine, begins Pearce (When the Rivers Run Dry) in his fascinating analysis of how global population trends have shaped, and been shaped by, political and cultural shifts. He starts with Robert Malthus, whose concept of overpopulationexplicitly of the uneducated and poor classesand depleted resources influenced two centuries of population and environmental theory, from early eugenicists (including Margaret Sanger) to the British colonial administrators presiding over India and Ireland. Pearce examines the roots of the incipient crash in global population in decades of mass sterilizations and such government interventions as Mao's one child program. Many nations are breeding at less then replacement numbers (including not only the well-publicized crises in Western Europe and Japan, but also Iran, Australia, South Africa, and possibly soon China and India). Highly readable and marked by first-class reportage, Pearce's book also highlights those at the helm of these vastly influential decisionsthe families themselves, from working-class English families of the industrial revolution to the young women currently working in the factories of Bangladesh.
What is the impact of demographics on the prospective production of military power and the causes of war? This monograph analyzes this issue by projecting working-age populations through 2050; assessing the influence of demographics on manpower, national income and expenditures, and human capital; and examining how changes in these factors may affect the ability of states to carry out military missions. It also looks at some implications of these changes for other aspects of international security. The authors find that the United States, alone of all the large affluent nations, will continue to see (modest) increases in its working-age population thanks to replacement-level fertility rates and a likely return to vigorous levels of immigration. Meanwhile, the working-age populations of Europe and Japan are slated to fall by as much as 10 to 15 percent by 2030 and as much as 30 to 40 percent by 2050. The United States will thus account for a larger percentage of the population of its Atlantic and Pacific alliances; in other words, the capacity of traditional alliances to multiply U.S. demographic power is likely to decline, perhaps sharply, through 2050. India's working-age population is likely to overtake China's by 2030. The United States, which has 4.7 percent of the world's working-age population, will still have 4.3 percent by 2050, and the current share of global gross domestic product accounted for by the U.S. economy is likely to stay quite high.
Martin Luther called the "Sin of Onan" marital sodomy. In the Judeo-Christian and Natural Law tradition, any sex act made deliberately infecund is no better than sodomy.
So in considering the greatest threats facing mankind, one must also consider this:
by Dr. Jeff Mirus, September 7, 2004
The Bible mentions only four sins which cry out to God for vengeance. Considering the source and the emphasis, we have little choice but to examine our consciences on these points. A cursory examination will not do; we must cast off our cultural preconceptions to see beyond the obvious.HomicideAnd the Lord said, What have you done? The voice of your brothers blood is crying to me from the ground. (Gn 4:10) It is hardly suprising that Cains murder of Abel provides the first instance of one of these sins that cries out for Divine vengeance. While all sins disrupt the natural order in some way, those enumerated as crying out to God appear to be chosen because they strike at natures root.
It is easy to see how murder fits into this category. The unjust termination of the life of another is a profound violation of how things should be precisely because our very nature compels us to regard our own lives as precious. To take a person's life is to terminate in another what we instinctively regard as our own highest good.
Sadly, the ease with which we understand the foulness of murder may be conditioned more by our culture than by Divine Revelation. We must take care that we do not find it abhorrent only insofar as we are creatures of society, rather than creatures of God.
Abortion is a case in point.Sodomy
Then the Lord said, Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry which has come to me. (Gn 18:20-21) The inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah were guilty of homosexual activity. So far gone were they in this vice that the men of the town would not even accept heterosexual license with Lots daughters, both virgins, as a means of sating their lust (see 19:8-9).
Here we have another case in point for cultural conditioning. It is far more difficult for our contraceptive culture to see how contrary to nature homosexuality is. Those of us who instinctively feel its deep unnaturalness rightly react to homosexual activity with disgust, but logical arguments are unlikely to produce the same reaction in those whose instincts are damaged, blunted or rationalized away.
It is precisely in such situations that Divine Revelation is so very useful, for we cannot trust our feelings when they run counter to reality. We require a better guide. Sodomy strikes at the root of human nature because of its perversion of the procreative impulse, without which the race must die. But in case we dont see it, God does.
Oppression of Widows and Orphans
You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. If you do afflict them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry. (Ex 21-23) There is a deep truth in this passage about the relationships of husbands to wives, and of parents to children, and about how vulnerable wives and children become when their natural protection is removed.
Very probably all of us can see that it would be gravely sinful to take advantage of the weakness and vulnerability of either a widow or an orphan, and we can readily imagine the financial burdens and solicitation of favors with which either can be afflicted. It is much easier in every way to abuse a boy or girl who has no father and to intimidate a woman who has no husband.
Once again, however, we must remove our social blinders to see the great evil in our culture which turns so many into widows and orphans in the first place. The grave sin of divorce, by which natural protection is ripped away from women and children, surely tops the list of horrors under this heading.
Cheating Laborers of Their Due
You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your brethren or one of the sojourners who are in your land within your towns; you shall give him his hire on the day he earns it, before the sun goes down (for he is poor, and sets his heart upon it); lest he cry against you to the Lord, and it be a sin in you. (Dt 24:14-15) Here we come to a principle of sound social order: those in positions of authority and wealth have serious obligations to those who depend on their decisions for their well-being. Fortunately, we live in a very wealthy society.
But does our very wealth cause this sin to appear irrelevant? Free enterprise is an excellent system, but too often it carries the completely unnecessary baggage of a callous attitude toward employees, regarding them as commodities. The social teachings of the Church have attempted to address this concern (without pointing at all toward socialism) for over a century.
Yet the latest trend, at least in the United States, is constant mergers and buyouts which throw hundreds of thousands out of work while enriching an elite few. Even temporary unemployment is both a bank-breaker and a heart-breaker. Working under an abusive or negligent boss can be a living nightmare. And most of us are well-shielded from adults who must work for a minimal wage. The Israelites were urged to remember their days in Egypt, and treat others accordingly.
Together and In Order
All of these sins cry out to God, but the four are not equal. The sequence in the text suggests a hierarchy of value, and it is a tightly linked hierarchy. One sin leads to another, from the gravest to the least, as we make objects out of persons and treat them accordingly, subverting all our natural relationships. For this reason, we cannot assuage our consciences by attending to the fourth sin while ignoring the first, or by claiming virtue on the third and closing our eyes to the second. If these sins cry out to God for vengeance and we still commit them or do nothing to restrict them in others, we mock God to His face. Of course, when were wearing our usual cultural blinders, it often appears to us that we can mock God with impunity. But isnt this something else we know from Revelationin case we cannot see it for ourselves?
The so-called elephant in the room no one want to have a real serious discussion about. It is not a sound-bite discussion. It is a heart to heart open-minded discussion people need to be willing to have with much reflection.
It is hard to leave the life of sexual sin known as contraception, pornography, homosexuality etc... First you must accept it is a sin and be sorrowful and repentant...then you can get back on that road to God where He wants you to do His will.
Bravo. We need to hear this. Loud and clear.
its not only a question of being in sync with Church teaching, its being in sync with reality,..."
contraception boils down to the saying of the spouse, Theres something in you that I love, but theres something in you that I hate, and I hate the fact that you can be a mother. So I require that this will be poisoned.
Again I say, "wow."
Years ago a friend shared with me that she wanted to get a divorce, leave her husband and two sons and become a poet. Everyone else we knew was telling her how brave she was. I told her she was making a huge mistake. That was the end of that friendship. I think she did go on to become a C list poet. Got published. Probably waiting tables now.
There is ‘no serious discussion about it’ because it is antithetical to everything the left stands for.
1. traditional marriage.
2. the need for more people not less
3. the need for families to construct societies (their implication is that government can do it all)
4. it does not promote homosexuality
5. more people = more pollution = increased ‘climate change’
6. food shortages
7. drain on social services
8. very often an increase in religion because those who are fruitful and multiplying are very often following a religious mandate
No, they’ll push just the opposite, easier abortion whether by hook or by crook or pill, reduced social services as a punishment for having more children (following China’s one-child policy but not directly through murder of the young), ‘lifestyle’ choices to redefine ‘the family.’
And also, besides the very interesting religious arguments: The culture is so sexualized that sex has lost it's meaning and value along with its mystique. I was at a writers' group today discussing the horrid "romance" novels coming out now, with no romance, in the sense of wooing and winning, but just cheap, tawdry, badly written "sex scenes," that are about as exciting as watching two warthogs copulate. The "sex" scenes are obligatory if you want to get published.
A total devaluation of women, thanks in part to women's lib. And perhaps an even worse devaluation of men.
Not sure if you ever heard of or read it, but Lothrop Stoddard’s “The Rising Tide of Color” addressed this issue as far back as the 1920’s/30’s, particularly from the vantage of Western Civilization dying because of demographic suicide by Caucasians.
This is one genie that will be hard to put back into the bottle(even for those in the church).
I don’t see why she could not be a poet and still have a family.
A lot of liberals have tried to dismiss the arguments made in the books I linked in my post by claiming its all Caucasian race baiting. It really has nothing to do with race and everything to do with the self destruction of Christendom.
I have read it. I wouldn't put that book in the same class as this issue, as Stoddard was an American intellectual precursor to naziism and Margret Sanger.
How did the kids turn out?
Your second link doesn’t seem to be working, but I would like to read it. Are you aware of any other links to it?
This is a great piece, and is pretty much irrefutable as to its negative effects on society. This is one of the great issues of our age.
Escaping the Laboratory: the rodent experiments of John B. Calhoun & their cultural influence.
Interesting summary post, Brian Kopp KPM.
A number of years ago I had a conversation with a Monsignor who had been active in the Dutch resistance in WWII. He made a huge impression on me.
Regarding birth control, he stated, “with birth control, there is neither birth, nor control.”
It was the various social programs that subsidized loose sexual morals and destroyed the traditional family.
I guess its better late than never that the church is waking up to the problems with the entitlement state.
However the Church had a tremendous influence in bringing the problem to life.
I don't see them apologizing, taking responsibility or seeking repentance for the role they played in the destruction of civilization. Its why I can't take these people seriously and why there are no answers or solutions to be found in these churches.
It’s a lot easier to get people to agree that homosexuality is wrong than to get them to agree that contraception is wrong ... or, “How we got in this handbasket in the first place.”
Oh HELL no, I don't feel like I'm 'second class', and we have four children. For those folks who have more than the requisite one or two kids, remind those who might disparage you as 'breeders', that is it YOUR children who will be paying for THEIR Social Security, so they should be happy that SOMEONE is having kids.
It is heartening that the Pope has a clear vision of the calamity that awaits us.
God help us.
I wouldn’t lump Stoddard in with the NAZIs and Sanger.
His observations regarding race trends was spot-on and a clarion call to caucasians that they need to start reproducing and protecting their immigration policies.
The NAZIs took a lot of ideas, some good and some bad, and turned them into pure evil.
What is the full title of his book?
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