Respect Life

It’s time for our Respect Life group’s annual Bedding for Babies collection! Please visit our website post for more information on how you can get involved.

April 2021 Theme:
Population Control

Are there too many people in the world?

Thomas Robert Malthus certainly thought so. His book, An Essay on the Principle of Population, was published in 1798 and argued that the food supply couldn’t keep up with population growth and that placing limits on human reproduction was essential. His dire predictions about imminent starvation turned out to be wrong, of course, but that didn’t keep twentieth century proponents of eugenics from suggesting that it was necessary to eliminate or reduce the populations of certain “undesirable” races to protect their own races.

Want to see the proof that contradicts the popular narrative that our planet is direly overcrowded?

There are multiple articles offered at the USCCB (U.S. Catholic Bishops) web site here. Note that some of them are a few decades old—because the arguments against population control really haven’t changed. As you can see in the article from Dr. Jacqueline Kasun, the idea that the world is crowded isn’t really as new as Malthus. Saint Jerome of Stridon, Doctor of the Church and translator of the Vulgate Bible, complained that the city of Rome was far too crowded—in the fourth century.

Another excellent resource for common sense information about world population is Population Research Institute. This site explains where the theory of population control came from, its scientific basis, and who is imposing it.

Archived Posts:

March 2021 Theme: Help After Abortion
February 2021 Theme: Theology of the Body
January 2021 Theme: Life Issues & Vaccines
November 2020 Theme: National Month for Adoption
October 2020 Theme: Respect Life Month
September 2020 Theme: Abortion & the Law
August 2020 Theme: Adoption
July 2020 Theme: Evangelium Vitae

In The News:

Virginia Catholic Conference: “Don’t Let Virginia Go To Pot”

Prayerfully consider getting involved by participating in any of these events / projects!

About the Parish Respect Life Group
The Parish Respect Group promotes the sanctity of human life in our parish and community.  We offer opportunities for parishioners to pray, become better educated, volunteer, and support organizations and events that encourage respect for all human life.

If you want to attend or support any of our annual events – March for Life in January, Life Chain in October, 40 Days for Life, the Advent Giving Tree for Project Rachel/Gabriel Project – watch the bulletin for information. With the help of the parish Women’s Council, we also support A Woman’s Choice Crisis Pregnancy Center through a monthly diaper collection (every 2nd weekend of the month) and an Advent Greens sale.

For more information, contact Dawn Beutner at [email protected].

How can you build a culture of life? Checkout our Internet Toolkit for some great web sites to help you out.