What, then, is the heart of the Church's social teaching on demography?
All the social teaching of John Paul II is an appeal to the solidarity of all men, throughout the world and throughout the times. There is enough food, enough resources, enough knowledge, enough know-how to relieve the poor of their misery But what is needed is the effective will to share and to raise the level of life of the poor in order, consequently, to enable them to alter their fertility.
Furthermore, in the eyes of the Church, the lowering of the birth rate cannot occur by way of irresponsible attitudes, including lies, coercion and violence. For her, the demographic question cannot be resolved except with a respect for the dignity of each human being. Anything resembling a demographic police must be rejected with contempt.
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