Ger­many’s fu­ture

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - John J. McCart­ney Jr. Chicago, Illi­nois

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.

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