Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Cardinal: Europe On Its Deathbed

In an unusual exchange (but needed one), Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo told the U.K. ambassador to the Vatican that fertility rates across Europe were in a longterm decline (not seen in centuries). The ambassador retorted that it was 'cyclical' and besides, government programs were available or being made available to support family's. The Cardinal would have none of that as he went on reciting statistics and facts of the demographic suicide that Europe is on. All this occurred during the "The Family in the New Economy: Reflections on the Margins on Centesimus Annus". Cardinal Trujillo, the President of the Pontifical Council on the Family, spoke at this conference. Another participant, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, a Senior Fellow in Economics at the Acton Institute (which hosted the conference), had this to say about the exchange, "I thought to myself, it isn't every day that I have a Cardinal to take my part in a debate. And not only that, but the churchman was taking a much more realistic position than the politicians. While much of the secular world assumes religious people are pie-in-the-sky-dreamy-eyed, here it was the politicians who were whistling past the graveyard, dodging reality at all costs. The Cardinal was taking the long-term view, facing the problem on its own terms, which includes both economics and attitudes." For a recent posting of mine, Death of Europe, in which I go into detail explaining the cultural suicide that Europe is on click here. For more on Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse's thoughts on Europes demise click here. For the rest of this article click here.


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