Pope Francis Laments Demographic Decline In The West, Calls For More Children

Pope Francis has expressed concern over the continued demographic decline in the West insisting that fewer children being born signals a lack of hope in the future. In his address to the General States of Natality, an annual conference in Rome, the pontiff countered “outdated” myths of dangerous overpopulation asserting that human beings are the solution to the world’s difficulties.

Without naming names, the pope seemingly referred to characters like Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich who penned the 1968 doomsday bestseller “The Population Bomb” which sparked hysteria over the future of the world and the earth’s ability to sustain human life. Francis asserted that “every gift of a child reminds us that God has confidence in humanity” because our existence “is not the result of chance: God wanted us.”

The pope argued that the root of pollution and starvation in the world is not too many children being born but rather “the choices of those who think only of themselves, the delirium of an unbridled, blind and rampant materialism, of a consumerism that, like an evil virus, undermines the existence of people and society.” He added that houses “fill up with objects and are emptied of children, becoming very sad places.”

Francis called for greater social and government action to create an economic and cultural environment where married couples feel more free to have children. He said that mothers should be put in a position where “they do not have to choose between work and childcare” and that young couples should be freed “from the burden of job insecurity and the impossibility of buying a house.”