The catholic church just lost a lot of respect from me.

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by steve knight, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    the only reason to breed is to make more Christians. does it matter if you can't support them? no way all that matters is to make more Christians.

    Catholic church in India says have more children
    Published: Oct 11, 2011 4:25 AM

    NEW DELHI (AP) - Worried about its dwindling numbers, the Roman Catholic church in southern India is exhorting its flock to have more children, with some parishes offering free schooling, medical care and even cash bonuses for large families, church officials said Tuesday.

    The strategy comes as India's population tops 1.2 billion, making it the second most populous country in the world after China, and runs counter to a national government policy of limiting family size.

    But in the southern state of Kerala, where Catholics have long been a large, important minority, church authorities believe the state's overall Christian population could drop to 17 percent this year, down from 19.5 percent in 1991. While they don't have precise numbers for the Catholic population, they believe it is also dropping sharply.

    "The Christian community in Kerala is dwindling. We realized that if the numbers decreased further, it would have a negative impact on the community," said Babu Joseph, spokesman for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India in New Delhi.

    Christianity is widely thought to have come to India in the year 52, when St. Thomas came to Kerala after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

    What remains unsaid in Kerala is that the state's Muslim population grew by 1.7 percent between 1991 and 2001, while the Hindu and Christian populations have fallen.

    Kerala, once a communist bastion and the state with the highest literacy rate, was about 56 percent Hindu, 19.5 percent Christian and 24 percent Muslim in the last census in 2001.

    The church in Kerala is also incensed by a bill drafted by a government panel recommending a strict two-child policy to check population growth.

    The bill - which is unlikely to become a law - suggests three months of imprisonment and a 10,000-rupee ($200) fine for couples with more than two children.

    So Kerala's Catholic parishes have launched a variety of programs, from free education to free medical care, said the Rev. Jose Kottayil of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council. Most begin offering the benefits with the fifth child, but the church helps poorer families with fewer children.

    The St. Vincent de Paul Forane Church, in the Kerala town of Kalpetta, is offering a bond of 10,000 rupees ($200) in the name of the fifth child. The money would be deposited in a bank until the child turns 18, church officials said.

    A large number of church-sponsored groups in Kerala have begun campaigns with the slogan "A large family is a happy family."

    Kottayil said the Catholic church plans to honor large families at a ceremony next month.
  2. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    God forbid poor people could get free health care and free education. Although I do have to admit it is a little odd.
  3. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2010
    Not enough Catholics in India? Is that what this is about? :confused:
  4. iStudentUK macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    I'll see if I can find any respect for the Catholic Church to give away... nope I'm all out I'm afraid.
  5. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    People in the future, painfully aware of what the words "the earth's resources are finite" actually means, will likely look back on this and all the other insane things the humans of the 21st century did and shake their heads in disbelief.
  6. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2009
    The Catholic church seems to have no long term vision when it comes to birth rates and the finite resources of the planet. I'm sure that when the food rationing starts going into effect, that the Vatican will be sitting on a stockpile though.:rolleyes:

    Maybe they think everyone will be raptured away heading off the problem.
  7. guzhogi macrumors 68030


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    How much longer before the church tells people to kill everyone who isn't a Catholic?
  8. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    They've tried that in the past..remember even protestants are/were heretics
  9. bassfingers macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2010
  10. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    No religion wants to relinquish what they perceive is power over people, by thinking of the entire planet first.

    They are all variations on the classic pyramid scheme.

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