Catholic-Orthodox Statement Notes Problems With Declining Global Birth Rates
by Steven Ertelt
December 30, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Participants in the First European Catholic-Orthodox Forum chose to emphasize the coming crisis of declining birth rates as the main topic of their meeting. That came as a delight to the producer of the move Demographic Winter, who says the underpopulation problem is growing.
Meeting in Trent, Italy earlier this month, 30 delegates from the Orthodox Churches, European Bishops Conference and the Vatican met to discuss their common concerns on family matters.
In their joint statement, "The Family: A Good for Humanity," the delegates observed that, despite the current focus on the global economic crisis, "Another vital element of this turning point is the crisis in regard to the family."
"The demographic trends alone in Europe are clear signals of a crisis much greater than the financial one," the statement said.
It added that families and their resulting children "needs to be rediscovered as valuable social capital."
"We appeal to political and social leaders to address this major issue before it is too late. Without this attention, lack of financial funds will pale before the lack of social and human resources that the family brings," it added.
Barry McLerran, producer of the documentary that has drawn such international attention to the underpopulation problem, said he was encouraged by the statement.
"We hope this ecumenical recognition of what could be the most important issue confronting humanity in the 20th century will spark renewed interest in ‘Demographic Winter,’ the only documentary of its kind," McLerran told LifeNews.com.
"While our approach emphasizes the social sciences – including the views of demographers, economists and sociologists – our conclusion is the same as that reached by these distinguished religious leaders," he added.
Those attending the historic Forum included Russian Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfejev and Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo, Archbishop of Budapest and Primate of Hungary.
Related web sites:
Demographic Winter – https://www.demographicwinter.com
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