Friday 25th April 2014

Home » Featured Today » Currently Reading:

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “The Promise Of Authentic Economic Development”

November 24, 2013 Featured Today No Comments

By BRIAN CLOWES

(Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 20 of The Facts of Life, “The Demographic Impacts of Abortion,” e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.)

+    +    +

We have seen that the so-called “developed” nations of the world have poured more than $102 billion into population control since 1991, most of it directed toward Africa. This gigantic amount of money is almost unimaginable; if converted into dollar bills, it would make a cube 150 feet on a side and would weigh 122,000 tons — enough to load a freight train 19 miles long!
Yet the only “benefit” reaped by the expenditure of all of this money is to make large poor families into small poor families. The tens of millions of women who have been “recruited” into using contraception are still just as poor as they were before they started; they still have no electricity, no schooling for their children, no health clinic they can go to when they are ill, and not even safe water to drink.
Does this massive push to induce women in poor nations to have fewer (or no) children contribute in any way to human dignity or welfare? The only people who really benefit are the huge pharmaceutical corporations, which reap tens of billions of dollars annually from forcing their products on poor women.
Evangelium Vitae describes the core of the problem:
“They [Western nations] too are haunted by the current demographic growth, and fear that the most prolific and poorest peoples represent a threat for the well-being and peace of their own countries. Consequently, rather than wishing to face and solve these serious problems with respect for the dignity of individuals and families and for every person’s inviolable right to life, they prefer to promote and impose by whatever means a massive program of birth control. Even the economic help which they would be ready to give is unjustly made conditional on the acceptance of an anti birth policy. . . .
“But such interventions must always take into account and respect the primary and inalienable responsibility of married couples and families, and cannot employ methods which fail to respect the person and fundamental human rights, beginning with the right to life of every innocent human being. It is therefore morally unacceptable to encourage, let alone impose, the use of methods such as contraception, sterilization, and abortion in order to regulate births” (nn. 16, 91).
There are many examples of this kind of injustice. For example, only 60 percent of Haitians have safe drinking water, and only one in five has access to a sanitary toilet — but contraceptive coverage is universal. And there are many African medical clinics stocked with pallets of IUDs, Depo-Provera, condoms, and birth control pills — and nothing else.

Money Down The Toilet

What could have been done with $102 billion if it had instead been allocated toward authentic economic development?
Consider a remote village of about 1,000 people located several miles from the nearest road, connected to the outside world only by footpaths. The people in this village have no electricity. Women and children have to walk a mile to collect water from a stream polluted by upstream cattle, and sicknesses of every kind are endemic. Child mortality is extremely high and life expectancy is only about 45. The crops the people scratch out of the soil are largely eaten by rodents and insects. Children receive no education, and so the cycle of poverty continues.
Into the midst of this misery steps Marie Stopes International, Planned Parenthood, or one of a score of other population control groups. They inject women with Depo-Provera, insert scores of IUDs, dump thousands of condoms, and sterilize as many women as they can under filthy conditions. Then they leave, and life goes on as it did before — except that now there are fewer children to help around the homes and the fields.
By contrast, authentic economic development greatly alleviates the poverty of the people, improving their health, decreasing maternal and infant mortality, and increasing their lifespan.
For only about $1.1 million, our hypothetical village of a thousand could receive clean drinking and washing water, electrification for lighting and cooking, an all-weather road connecting the village to the national highway network, a schoolhouse to educate the children of the village, a health clinic that address basic health needs (including childbirth), and steel grain storage bins that protect the people’s harvest from rodents and insects.
This means that the $102 billion the “developed” nations have squandered on population control could have completely eradicated unhealthy living conditions for 93 million of the world’s poorest people. Instead, it has simply been poured down the toilet.
The encyclical Evangelium Vitae delineates the guidelines that governments should follow when striving to care for their people. The right to life and the rights of families are paramount, and the distribution of wealth should be as equitable as possible:
“It is therefore morally unacceptable to encourage, let alone impose, the use of methods such as contraception, sterilization, and abortion in order to regulate births. The ways of solving the population problem are quite different. Governments and the various international agencies must above all strive to create economic, social, public health, and cultural conditions which will enable married couples to make their choices about procreation in full freedom and with genuine responsibility. . . . This is the only way to respect the dignity of persons and families, as well as the authentic cultural patrimony of peoples” (n. 91).

The Great Irony

There are factors which decrease a nation’s fertility naturally as it gradually evolves from an undeveloped to a developed state.
Most poor countries do not guarantee old age income with a Social Security program. This means that elderly people must be supported by their children. The daughter usually goes to live with her husband’s family, so the only chance for an elderly person to have income is to have a living son in his or her old age. To make sure one son survives, parents have two or three children. As child mortality has declined, it has become less necessary to have more than one son.
Second is a greater emphasis on the education of women. Women with a college education have their first child at an older age, and because of competing priorities, have fewer children in the long run. If a schoolhouse is built in a remote village, at least some girl children have a chance to attend college if they do well in school. Fortunately, in most developing nations, “gender studies” and “feminist/gay studies” curricula are nonexistent. Instead of squandering their time on such useless trivia, more and more women from developing nations are studying engineering, economics, and medicine.
The great irony in all of this is that people in developing nations have fewer children as they become better off economically, partly because they are more likely to resort to sterilization and contraception. But if birth control is imposed by quotas and other coercive measures while they are still poor, the people not only lose the only help they have for their family’s work, they also lose the only social security system they have because they will not have children to care for them when they become old and infirm.
Population control programs also pose a distinct threat to the future of developing nations. As fertility rates decline, the average age of the nation rises. All developed nations in the world today became rich before they got old; in the long run, nations that get old before they get rich are much more likely to remain in poverty indefinitely.
As we have seen, widespread contraception, because it fails so often, invariably leads to the legalization of abortion. Contraception and sterilization also contribute to a galaxy of severe health problems in women, a much higher divorce rate, higher child abuse and neglect rates, a decrease in the marriage rate, spreading of sexually transmitted diseases, and many other problems.
The critical element in true economic development is the widespread adoption of natural fertility regulation by the people. This requires more effort than simply passing out pills and condoms, and includes an openness to life. It is spiritually and physically healthier and absolutely free of charge, exactly what the people of a poor nation need.

+    +    +

Next article: “What Is the Worldwide Abortion Situation?”

Share Button

Comment on this Article:

">Canadian Aborted Babies Incinerated In Oregon Waste-to-energy Facility To Provide Electricity

BY PETER BAKLINSKI Wed Apr 23, 2014 13:06 EST VICTORIA, British Columbia, April 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in B.C. facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power…Continue Reading

Conference of Catholic Leaders Focuses On Future of Schools

April 22, 2014 10:31 PM By Peter Smith / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette More than 6,000 Catholic teachers, administrators and other educators launched a three-day national conference Tuesday morning at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with spirited worship, upbeat talks and…Continue Reading

Parents’ group wants Catholic teachers to withdraw from World Pride Parade

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS APRIL 21, 2014  TORONTO – A parents’ group is calling on Ontario’s Catholic teachers’ union to withdraw from participation in this summer’s World Pride Parade in Toronto. Parents As First Educators president Teresa Pierre announced a petition…Continue Reading

‘Nothing Is Ever Without Hope,’ Ailing Cardinal George Tells Catholics On Easter

By Kate ThayerTribune reporter5:35 p.m. CDT, April 20, 2014 Battling cancer and celebrating what could be his last Easter Sunday Mass as Chicago’s Catholic leader, Cardinal Francis George said he was in good spirits and that the holiday teaches “nothing is…Continue Reading

Good Friday Reflection on the Nature of Sin

By Michael Terheyden 4/18/2014 Catholic Online (www.catholic.org) So when we look upon the crucified Christ today, let us take a long, hard look at the sin which resides in our heart and in our world. Let us then cast it aside and…Continue Reading

Roman Catholic bishops from England and Wales call for Church to allow priests to marry

JONATHAN BROWN  Thursday 17 April 2014 Roman Catholic bishops have called for the Church to take the historic step of allowing priests to be married amid growing signs of liberal reform under Pope Francis. The controversial issue is set to…Continue Reading

">Radical abortion bill dies in Colo. Senate after call to prayer, action

Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 09:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid growing protests led in large part by the Catholic Church, the Colorado Senate on April 16 killed a controversial bill that could have banned all pro-life laws in the…Continue Reading

Catholic Priest Creates Arabic App to Support Persecuted Christians

BY MORGAN LEE , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER April 16, 2014|11:13 pm A self-described Italian “technologic” priest has launched an Arab language version of his Catholic app that he hopes will support Christians in heavily persecuted Middle Eastern countries where printed breviaries are banned.…Continue Reading

Denver Archbishop Rallies Coloradans Against ‘Extreme’ Abortion Bill

Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Denver on April 15 rallied opposition to a Colorado bill he says is “both extreme and dangerously ambiguous” in its ban on all abortion regulations and other…Continue Reading

CATHOLIC PARENTS BEG MASS. DCF TO LET THEIR HOSTAGE DAUGHTER CELEBRATE EASTER, FILE ‘HABEAS CORPUS’ MOTION

By: Raquel Okyay 4/16/2014 08:41 AM Parents of the ailing Connecticut teen held captive by Massachusetts authorities for more than a year are pleading with the bureaucrat captors to let them celebrate Holy Week and Easter with their daughter, whose health…Continue Reading

Common Core stirs controversy for Catholic schools

By Peter Doocy Published April 15, 2014 FoxNews.com Classrooms at some Catholic schools are undergoing a transformation, as decades-old traditions are being updated with Common Core state standards. Although the standards are not federally mandated for Catholic schools, dozens of dioceses…Continue Reading

Catholic League’s Donohue: Church’s Pedophilia Crisis Is Over

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 06:14 PM By Bill Hoffmann The Catholic Church has far less of a problem with the sexual abuse of minors than other major institutions, says Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our new website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for over 145 years in our weekly print edition. Now we are introducing the online daily version of our print journal.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to subscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 145 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.

 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

'From our friends at The Foundry'


Pope Francis . . .

Pope Francis: Let The Joy Of The Risen Lord Be Imprinted In Our Hearts And Lives

pope276

2014-04-21 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis began his Regina Coeli address on Monday by saying Happy Easter !Christ is risen! He is truly risen .” The Holy Father told the faithful gathered in Saint Peter’s Square that the dominant feeling that shines in the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection is one of the joy and wonder, and he went…Continue Reading

Hope For The Dead

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What is the connection between freedom and rising from the dead? When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and editorials was not safety or taxes or peace; it was freedom.…Continue Reading

Business: A “Noble Vocation”

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK There are two ways for a publication to provide a forum for a point of view that challenges the views of its editors. One is to pick an article that casts the other side in an unfavorable light, as peevish, unenlightened, and narrow-minded, the proverbial straw man. The other is to…Continue Reading

What God Has Put Together

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach. The commentary below is reprinted with permission from his blog at johnkippley.com. All…Continue Reading

Communicating With C.S. Lewis

By DWIGHT LONGENECKER (Editor’s Note: Fr. Dwight Longenecker is a parish priest in Greenville, S.C. Connect to his blog, subscribe to his weekly newsletter, listen to his radio show, browse his books, and be in touch at www.dwightlongenecker.com. (ZENIT News Agency made this text available. All rights reserved.) +    +    + “Have you heard? Fr.…Continue Reading

Contraception: The Ultimate Judas Kiss

By REY FLORES “Every time a married couple engages in the act of coitus, that act signifies life. By the union of their flesh, they express without words not only their unity, but the sacrament of new life. But when they contracept with a contraceptive mentality, their motive is to use the act which expresses…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

The Bread Of Angels

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33 1 Peter 1:17-21 Luke 24:13-35 In the first reading we hear the words of St. Peter as he addresses the crowd that gathered on Pentecost because of the sound they heard when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles. Peter begins to explain to the people…Continue Reading

Office For The Liturgical Celebrations Of The Supreme Pontiff . . . The Way Of The Cross At The Colosseum Led By Pope Francis

“The Face Of Christ, The Face Of Man” (Editor’s Note: The following meditations for the Good Friday meditations in Rome were written by the Most Rev. Giancarlo Maria Bregantini, archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano, at the request of Pope Francis. (Because of space limitations, The Wanderer is reprinting only the meditations for the final stations, those immediately dealing with Christ’s crucifixion and…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . “Resurrexit Sicut Dixit!”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Alleluia! He is risen as He said! Alleluia! A most joyful and grace-filled Easter celebration to all of our readers and their families. The octave of Easter is one long Easter day, the Sunday of Sundays. On this extended Easter “Day,” and every Sunday throughout the year, we identify ourselves as members of the one…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . Did Joseph Know Her As A Husband Knows His Wife?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 “And he [Joseph] did not know her till she brought forth her firstborn son. And he called his name Jesus” — Matt. 1:25. It seems pretty evident for those non-Catholic Christians who disagree with Luther and Zwingli on the issue of Mary’s perpetual virginity that, after the birth of Jesus, Mary would have…Continue Reading

Catechism Of the Catholic Church: Prologue

By Don Fier “Father, . . . this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ” (John 17:3). This Scripture verse, the opening words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), succinctly and beautifully expresses its very purpose. The CCC’s first paragraph goes on to expand on…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Adalbert

By CAROLE BRESLIN We will all die as a result of original sin — and we will be judged at the time of our death. There are two judgments that we will face after we end our existence on this earth. First, we will face the particular judgment at the time of our death, where we will then go to…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Bernadette Soubirous

By CAROLE BRESLIN Throughout the history of mankind, God has chosen the lesser person to be His messenger, prophet, or king. He chose, Moses, the stutterer, to lead the Jewish people out of the slavery of the Egyptians. He chose Ruth, the pagan Moabite, to be an ancestor of Jesus. He chose King David, the youngest of Jesse’s sons, to…Continue Reading

What to Do If Your Boyfriend Wants You to Get an Abortion?

by Krisi Burton Brown | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/20/14 4:00 PM Washington, DC (LiveActionNews) — Note: This article is for any girl or woman who is feeling pressured into having an abortion. If you are a guy who is trying to find out how to stop an abortion, please see this article written for dads. 1.  Stand your…Continue Reading

It’s Time to Build Schools, from the Ground Up

February 13, 2014 by Anthony Esolen   It might have been worth repairing, if it had once been noble and beautiful, or at least conceived in an orderly way, for ordinary human purposes. But it wasn’t. It was constructed upon false principles. Its walls looked like those of a bad factory. It smelled like a warehouse. It could be terribly…Continue Reading

Why I am Pro-Life

February 4, 2014   Pro-Lifers   By Therese Recinella   Editor’s note. This tribute was posted on Therese Recinella’s Facebook account. She is graciously allowing us to reprint it in NRL News Today.   There are many things that I could say about my Dad, but what I want people to know is this: My parents faithfully raised 8 children…Continue Reading

Fathers . . . The Essential Role of the Father

Posted on February 10, 2014 by The Catholic Gentleman 13 Comments   Divorce rates skyrocketing; adultery rampant; non-married cohabitating couples; children abandoned by their fathers or mothers; “same-sex unions” adopting children and calling this the “modern family”; pornography invading homes, leading to powerful addictions and total alienation from other members of the family: all of this is a bird’s eye view…Continue Reading

How Much is One Billion Dollars?

This article appeared in the March 20, 1941 issue of The Wanderer. (Well, 70 years later we can add 15 trillion into the example.) Here’s a simple and homely illustration of what one billion dollars amounts to: Suppose we take an imaginary boy, aged 15 years, and assign to him the task of counting one billion dollars in one-dollar bills.…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood

This article appeared in The Wanderer, April 3, 1941.  (WOW, Look what we have 70 years later.) A group which calls itself the National Committee for Planned Parenthood has begun a nationwide campaign to have the promotion of birth control included in State and national health programs. The committee—which, according to propaganda sheets reaching our desk has a branch in…Continue Reading

Questions of Non-Catholics . . . Answered by Father Richard Felix, O.S.B.

Reprinted from The Wanderer April 10, 1941 Why Does God allow us to be tempted? God allows us to be tempted so that we may prove our attachment to him and merit a higher place in heaven. Temptations are the lot of all men; they are the battle ground upon which heaven is won or lost. “The kingdom of heaven…Continue Reading