Does the labor theory mean that more people will make us rich?

Jurriaan Bendien J.Bendien at
Tue Dec 3 15:20:08 MST 2002

Get real, the pope isn't a major news item. The Pope is somebody who doesn't
have a realistic view of human sexuality and its place in human life, which
is not surprising, because he hasn't had it.  He pontificates on how people
ought to organise their sex lives and procreation strategies, regardless of
specific circumstances that people face, and his moral prescriptions are so
constricting that even many if not most Catholics cannot live up to them.
This is a dangerous and irresponsible kind of fundamentalist dogmatism
causing a great deal of unnecessary suffering and deaths (I am thinking in
particular of malformed babies, babies who have not got a shred of a chance
of a decent life, AIDS and other sex-related diseases and so on). To be
fair, he does take a relatively good position on the cancellation of the
Third World Debt. But many of his statements are truisms and not rational,
cogent argument based on any serious scientific analysis of the facts.
Here's an example:
A.N.S.A. - Wednesday 13 November 1996
(ANSA) - Rome, November 13 - Pope John Paul II opened his inaugural address
for the World Food Summit here today with a blistering attack on supporters
of birth control as a way of resolving the world's hunger crisis.
''We must renounce the sophism which says 'by being many, we are condemned
to be poor','' said the Pope. ''Through his action Man can change the
situation, and respond to the growing needs''.
The pontiff said a numerous world population could be a source of
development, because it implied increased trade and demand for goods.
He acknowledged that ''demographic growth cannot be limitless'', but
insisted that it was individual families which had the ultimate duties and
responsibilities in this field.
''The demographic policies of a country must respect the dignity of human
nature and the fundamental rights of people,'' he stressed.
Turning to the reasons why around 800 million people are hungry today, the
Pope drew attention to war and the problem of refugees which it often
He went on to criticise trade embargoes, which he said were an inadequate
way of resolving international disputes because they only succeeded in
making innocent people suffer all the more.
''It is enough to think of the countries devastated by conflicts of every
kind...or of the refugees forced to abandon their homes, and often left
without aid, or the populations that labour under enbargoes imposed without
sufficient discernment,'' he said.
John Paul renewed his call to developed nations to write off all, or part,
of the debt owed them by the third world. International debt, he said, is
weighing on the destiny of numerous countries.
''For its part the Church has decided to push forward with efforts to
illuminate those who must take these decisions, so laden with
consequences,'' he said.

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