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AMDG 22 Sect.

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Dave Lentz Seat 1-26-

Position of Catholic Church on Human Population Control The Catholic Church has a very strong stance on the way human population control should be handled. For the most part, the Church believes that all human life is sacred and should not be destroyed at all. Some of the things the Church feels this way are on the issue of abortion, capital punishment, stem cell research, and birth control. The first issue is abortion. The Catholic Church has always seen abortion as a terrible thing because they believe all human life is sacred from the moment of conception. They get there stance from the Bible where it talks directly about premature birth, If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely [Hebrew: "so that her child comes out"], but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the womans husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot" (Ex. 21:2224).1. The quote from the Bible shows how the Church views life sacred even if the child is still in a premature state. This is to keep the population density rising for humans, and so that the human population can continue advance in an exponential growth pattern. The next subject is capital punishment. The Church believes that criminals should be punished, but there is no reason how they can justify taking a human life for any reason. The Pope and all of Bishops agree on this idea. The next subject is stem-cell research. Stem-cell research is killing unborn/human embryos for research. The Pope and his Bishops took this stance, Stem-cell research in itself is not wrong, but creating and/or destroying human life in order to "mine" stem cells is, according to Church teaching.2 If this continued in high numbers, demographic transitions and the age-structure diagrams could change drastically in the coming years. President Bush decided to support this research by giving limited money for research, but shortly after the Pope met with the President and even though the President did not change his funding, he was impressed with how Catholics believes in the Gospel of life Birth control is another subject the Catholic Church has a strong stance on. Ever since the beginning of time the Catholic Church has said that birth control was wrong. The first mention of this ban was in Genesis 38:8-10. In
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http://www.catholic.com/library/Abortion.asp (2nd paragraph) http://www.americancatholic.org/News/StemCell/ (3rd paragraph)

this story, Onan is ordered to sleep with his brother's widow. He "pulled out" to not get her pregnant and was slain as a result.3 The Church does not believe in any of the following: sterilization, withdrawal, the pill, condoms to protect during sexual intercourse. The Church feels this way because the person you have sexual intercourse with be should be considered potential parent of my children rather than a pleasure object. All of these population control mechanisms would mess with the study of demography and eventually lead to a logistic growth among the human population. Logistic growth should not be a result until the Earth has met its carrying capacity, which is the highest amount of people the Earth can contain. Some things the Church can not control would be the densityindependent limiting factors such as: natural disasters, floods, and other extreme climate disturbances. Another thing the Church does not have control over would be the density-dependent limiting factors which would be competition, predation, and parasitism/disease. All of these factors are part of the circle of life and cannot be controlled by the Catholic Church.

Bibliography 1. 2. 3. 4. http://www.lisashea.com/lisabase/aboutme/birthcontrol.html http://www.catholic.com/library/Abortion.asp http://www.americancatholic.org/News/StemCell/ http://www.priestsforlife.org/magisterium/indianadeathpenalty.htm

http://www.lisashea.com/lisabase/aboutme/birthcontrol.html (2nd paragraph)


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