Pope: moral ambiguities = less kids

Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 05:23 PM

In a rather mystifying analysis of why so many Western nations have declining birth rates, the Pope has fingered secularism.

Speaking to Canadian Bishops, the Pope said:

Like many countries . . . Canada is today suffering from the pervasive effects of secularism...The attempt to promote a vision of humanity apart from God's transcendent order and indifferent to Christ's beckoning light, removes from the reach of ordinary men and women the experience of genuine hope...One of the more dramatic symptoms of this mentality, clearly evident in your own region, is the plummeting birth rate.

He also "blamed the low birth rate on social ills and moral ambiguities that result from secular ideology."

Moral ambiguities all of a sudden are behind fewer children?  It seems like just a few years ago that moral ambiguity was being blamed for so many children out of wedlock.  Come on, you can't have it both ways, I don't care if you are the Pope.

For some reason, I think the Pope would find secularism every time he peaked behind any problem.  Much the same as Grover Norquist would find high taxes and business regulations.  Much the same as I would find organized religion or free market zealots.