Catholic teaching and overpopulation
One anti-Catholic sentiment I’ve heard a lot is the notion that the Catholic teaching of openness to life leads to big families, which leads to overpopulation, which leads to starvation, environmental destruction, etc. etc. You’ve heard this argument, I’m sure.
It would seem to be true that if, in theory, every person in the world were Catholic and open to life and people had an average of, say, four children each, that an overpopulation situation would quickly arise.
In one sense this is moot because if it’s God’s will it’s God’s will, but is there a pro-openness to life/big families case that can be made based on population and economic data? Something tells me that actual population patterns don’t play out in perfectly neat patterns like we might predict. I haven’t researched it much so I have no idea (though Jacqueline Kasun’s The War Against Population is going to be by next Amazon purchase).
I’m interested to hear what you guys think. What do you say when you hear someone grousing that Catholic ideas about family are dangerous because they lead to overpopulation?