Light to the Nations - Week 12


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Light to the Nations - Week 12

  1. 1. S E S S I O N 12 A Culture of Death
  2. 2. We had a difficult session last week. We “woke up” to a new reality. Humanity is changing before our eyes. The reality will grow darker still this week.
  3. 3. The Ultimate Temptation • Ricoeur has called Freud, Marx, and Nietzsche „masters of suspicion‟” (John Paul II, October 29, 1980). • Fredrick Nietzsche: the desire for human to hasten their evolution into the “superman.” • Karl Marx: economic objectification of the individual. • Sigmund Freud: the desire to “kill the father.” • Sartre and du Beauvoir: Man is absolute freedom. Love is impossible. It restricts our freedom so that it makes us less human. Woman are the “sex second.” The bond to the child restricts their freedom. To become more human, they must become more free by rejecting their maternity.
  4. 4. The Pill as a Type of “Anti-Sacrament” • Contraception separates man and woman from each other and allows them to “hide” from God the Father. • It takes the form of an “anti-sacrament.” • It is a sign of the spiritual reality, but it also activates that reality. • Man, woman and their relationship is being fundamentally changed. • The decision of man and woman is impacting all of creation.
  5. 5. Now it is time for us to talk money! Contraception is BIG business. It‟s potential customer base includes half of the world‟s population – on a daily basis for approximately 30-35 years!
  6. 6. The Ultimate Market Region% Modern* Western Europe 68.6 Australia/New Zealand 71.7 Northern Europe 77.2 North America 72.9 Central America 63.0 Eastern Asia 81.3 Middle Africa 6.6 Eastern Africa 22.9 Source: Percentage of women aged 15-49, in a union. United Nations Population Division, World Contraceptive Use, 2011. * Includes: Sterilization, Pill, Injectable, Implant, IUD, Condom, Vaginal Barrier. 100 200 250 Sterile (F) IUDInjectablePillSterile (M) CurrentConceptiveUsage(15-49) (MillionsWorldwide) Condom Source: United Nations Population Division, World Contraception Use, 2011. 150 0 50 222.8 28.3 103.7 41.3 168.6 89.6
  7. 7. A Heavily Subsidized Industry Expenditures in Millions 1982 1994 2010 Domestic Contraception – Federal 275 553 2,077 Domestic Contraception – State 53 162 294 Domestic Sterilizations – Federal 50 144 93 Domestic Sterilizations – State 5 4 NA Domestic Abortions – Federal 1 NA 0.272 Domestic Abortions – State 67 90 68 Total Domestic451 953 2,532 Population Research – Federal 150 NA NA Source: Kasun, J., “The War Against Population: The Economics and Ideology of World Population Control,” Ignatius Press, 1999, Table 7-1. United States Agency International Development, Agency Financial Report, Fiscal Year 2010. Sonfield, A., et al, “Public Funding for Family Planning, Sterilization and Abortion Services, FY 1980-2010, Allan Guttmacher Institute, March 2012. *Note: Includes other expenditures not able to separated from expenditures on population control. US Agency for International Development 211 1,205 2,848* Total Expenditures8122,158 5,380
  8. 8. Large scale government support of a product that makes billions of dollars annually raises some serious questions. We will allow Pope Paul VI to lead us on our journey.
  9. 9. The “Prophecy” of Pope Paul VI “Let them consider, first of all, how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality … It is also to be feared that the man … may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer as his respected and beloved companion. Let it be considered also that a dangerous weapon would thus be placed in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies.” Pope Paul VI Humanae Vitae, #17
  10. 10. Percentage“EverStrayed” Source: General Social Survey, 1972-2010. 1930s 1960s 5 10 15 20 30 25 Infidelity Year of Marriage 10.7 16.4 Infidelity & General Lowering of Morality Source: Centers for Disease Control, “Sexual Behavior and Selected Health Measures: Men and Women 15-44 Years of Age, U.S., 2002” Percentageof40-44YearOldMen 0-1 10 20 30 40 60 50 2-6 7+ Number of Partners 58.4 30.9 CohabitatingbeforeMarriage(%) Source: “The Social Organization of Sexuality,” University of Chicago Press, 1994. 1933-42 1963-1974 15 25 35 45 65 55 Year of Birth 65.7Sexual Partners Cohabitation 13.4 29.7
  11. 11. Mere Instrument of Selfish Enjoyment 0.5 2 6 15 Source: Lane, Frederick S., “Obscene Profits – The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age,” Routledge, 2000. 4 12 16 2000Late 1980’s 0 PornographyIndustryRevenue (BillionsofCurrent$) Mid 1970’s Early 1950’s 8 • Pornography consumption has exploded in past generation. • Magnitude is hidden by several factors including: under reporting of revenue and technological change. • In late 1950‟s typical was a stag film costing over $100. • In mid 1970‟s typical was a magazine costing $5. • In late 1980‟s typical was a rented VHS costing $2. • Today it is the internet.
  12. 12. MarriagesEndingbefore20th Anniversary(%) Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States. U.S Census Bureau, Table MS-2: Estimated Median Age of First Marriage, by Sex: 1890 to Present, fam/ms2.pdf. 1960 Current 0 10 20 30 50 40 1960 Current 22 23 24 25 27 26 MedianAgeof1stMarriage(Yrs) No Longer Beloved Companion • The percentage of marriages ending before the 20th Anniversary has increased by over 50%. • The median age of 1st marriage for men has increased by 4.3 years. • For the first time in history, married households make up less than ½ of all households in the United States. 26.4 41.7 22.8 27.1
  13. 13. Pope Paul VI also ominously warned that “public authorities” would potentially use contraception as a weapon. This, too, is being fulfilled before our eyes.
  14. 14. Freedom from Maternity “The Platform for Action is an agenda for women‟s empowerment. It aims … at removing all the obstacles to women‟s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through a full and equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making … Maternity, motherhood, parenting and the role of women in procreation must not be a basis for discrimination nor restrict the full participation of women in society.” United Nations 4th World Conference on Women Beijing, China, September 4-15, 1995 Conference Report, #1, #29
  15. 15. The Path to Equality “Survey data suggest that approximately 120 million additional women world wide would be currently using a modern family-planning method if more accurate information and affordable service were easily available. These numbers do not include the substantial and growing numbers of sexually active unmarried individuals wanting and in need of information and services … To meet their needs and close the existing large gaps in services, family planning and contraceptive supplies will need to expand very rapidly over the next several years … All countries should take steps … by the year 2015 to provide universal access to a full range of safe and reliable family-planning methods.” International Conference on Population and Development Cairo, Egypt September 5-13, 1994 Plan of Action, Chapter 7
  16. 16. A Culture of Death “We are in fact faced by an objective „conspiracy against life,‟ involving even international institutions, engaged in encouraging and carrying out actual campaigns to make contraception, sterilization and abortion widely available. Nor can it be denied that the mass media are often implicated in this conspiracy, by lending credit to that culture which presents recourse to contraception, sterilization, abortion and even euthanasia as a mark of progress and a victory of freedom.” Pope John Paul II Evangelium Vitae, #17
  17. 17. 0. 6 1.8 2.4 France RussiaItalyGermanyGreat Britain 0 TotalFertilityRate Spain Source: United Nations Population Division, World Fertility Data 2008. 1.2 Total Fertility Rate in Europe 1.98 1.85 1.34 1.37 1.30 1.39 Replacement Fertility Rate = 2.1
  18. 18. 550 650 750 MillionsofCurrentInhabitants 1950 200 0 2050 2100 450 1000 1150 1300 1450 45 65 85 25 MillionsofMiddleAgesInhabitants The Death of the European Culture Source: United Nations Population Division World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision Medieval Sourcebook (Fordham University) Median Age: 52.1 Years Women Aged 20-40: 9.6% of Total Population
  19. 19. Another Ideology of Evil “It is legitimate and even necessary to ask whether [the socioeconomic system of the West] is not the work of another ideology of evil, more subtle and hidden, perhaps, intent upon exploiting human rights themselves against man and against the family.” Pope John Paul II Memory and Identity, p. 11
  20. 20. The United States is playing a major role in pushing a vision of “freedom” around the globe.
  21. 21. A Role for the United States • The family is absent from French Enlightenment philosophy, where the basis of society is the relationship between the individual and the state. • The United States is the first country to adopt Enlightenment philosophy as the basis for a country. • The United States “exported” its vision of “freedom” to help establish democracies throughout Europe. • The United States feels a manifest destiny to continue to “export” its vision of “freedom” throughout the world. • The United States uses its economic, military, and cultural power to accomplish its goal through numerous international agencies.
  22. 22. A New “Freedom” for Modern Culture “For two decades of economic and social developments, people have organized intimate relationships and made choices that define their views of themselves and their places in society, in reliance on the availability of abortion in the event that contraception should fail. The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.” United States Supreme Court Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 1992
  23. 23. Perhaps we need to rediscover the freedom to be human. “Only a person can love and only a person can be loved.” Pope John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, #29
  24. 24. Next Week The Third Millennium of Families Small Group Discussion Starter Questions 1. How can you keep your life focused on the primacy of love? 2. How can you help our others focus on the freedom to be fully human?