Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Have more babies, please

UCAN: Have more babies, bishops urge families, seeking Catholic baby boom to halt population slide


  • I'd like to point out that the problem in India, as explained by the archbishop, is not that the Christian population is shrinking in absolute terms, but that it's position is slipping relative to other groups.

    If only someone would found a movement in the Church dedicated to the charism of procreation...

    By Blogger Aaron, at 9:08 AM, September 20, 2007  

  • Perhaps Archbishop Andrews Thazhath could even sponsor this new movement.

    By Blogger Aaron, at 9:10 AM, September 20, 2007  

  • Aaron is correct; assuming the stats cited in that article are reliable, the Christian population of Kerala grew by over 300,000 between '91 and '01 despite the declining percentage. IMHO, those stats are rather crude as a measure of birth rate: For this kind of article, I would have expected TFRs for Kerala Christians & non-Christians, or at least putting a hard number on Christian out-migration (instead of just saying "[t]housands of families migrate annually...") so nerds like me could WAG a TFR on our own.

    A distribution chart divvying up the Christian population as a function of family size would also have been nice, if only to see how widespread the problem is. I'd also be interested to know the proportion of Christian women in the workforce in that region.

    By Blogger Avenging Sword, at 1:48 PM, September 20, 2007  

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