A prominent Catholic prelate warned the West is facing a crisis caused by failure to produce enough babies which results in non-Christian nations gaining an advantage in the race to see which religious group comes out on top in the baby derby. According to Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, “there is a crisis in the western world. No western country is producing enough babies to keep the population stable, no western country.” He blamed the lack of babies on “an increase in divorce and there is an increase in serial monogamy.” Naturally, the media was blamed for people not getting together to have babies since it persuades youth that the “modern way” is to be single and not have babies.
When in doubt or when lacking an intellectual explanation of a world trend, the normal approach is somehow connecting the problem to the media or what is wrong with young people. Archbishop Prell simply ignores economic factors such as the current situation in America which forces young people to go deeply in debt for college educations. The prospect of raising children whose education places the family in dire economic situations is not particularly an attractive choice for many young people.
Perhaps, hidden in the message is a fear that Muslims are having more children and this will result in the Muslim religion becoming more powerful. We suspect this is the unstated feeling of this talk.
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The Australian government is furious at the behavior of welfare parents who refuse to ensure their children will attend school. It is determined to enforce new regulations which wll punish parents who are unwilling or unable to make certain kids are in school. Jenny Macklin, Minister of Families, stated bluntly: “We are saying to parents you have a responsibility to make sure your children attend school regularly.” The government is also considering a new plan which would, in effect, close down many rural areas and force people to move into new locations.
The idea that a government could withdraw welfare payments to parents because of the behavior of children is outrageous. A visit to any program dealing with adolescents on drugs reveals they come from all social economic levels, and being unable to control children is not merely a problem for welfare parents, it is for all those with children in their homes. The issue is not parents, it belongs to schools. The responsibility of schools is ensuring they offer programs which intellectually and emotionally engage children. Parents can help, but if they will not, the school must assume the task.