On Nov. 8, the Bloomberg News Service reported that by 2050 the working population of Germany (20 to 64 years) will drop from 61 percent to a projected 22 to 29 percent. Alarming? Yes, because in that traditionally Christian country, about a quarter of the population will be supporting about 75 percent.
What are the implications of this? Undesirable pressures, that’s what. One, the pressure for euthanasia to sharply trim the crushing weight of ill and dependent elderly. Two, the pressure to demand confiscatory social security and income taxes from the employed. Three, pressure to replace the elderly unemployable with foreign, mostly Muslim, workers who will help support the welfare state and make Germany a majority Muslim nation.
Strong public opposition to Pope Paul VI’s “Humane Vitae” came from influential German theologians who called the document misguided and ill-founded (on natural law). Yes, it may have seemed so at the time but, then, these intellectuals may have lacked the faith-based patience to allow time to prove it prophetic.