[quote="Semper_Zelare, post:13, topic:299512"]
America would be dying if it weren't for immigration.
Europe is dying. So is Japan.
If parents don't have two children, then they aren't even replacing themselves. Most people in the United States have less than 2 children, in fact huge swathes of ppl have no children. The growth rate in the U.S. without immigration is well below 2.1, which is the bare minimum you need to sustain a culture.
Catholics really should still take this message literally. Why? Because the vast majority of Americans aren't having enough children to even replace the population. Without all the immigration from Latin America, we would have a shrinking population. Imagine that a decade ago 10 million more people lived in America than today. That's the case in Russia, today there are around 140 million people, but they used to have 150 million people living there.
So... schools would have to close, then businesses would have to close bc of a smaller and smaller workforce. And retired ppl would have to work bc there wouldn't be enough people supporting them.
And btw, the only reason Latin American immigrants have so many children is because they're Catholic and not secularized. Their view on sexuality is dominated by the Catholic Church... but that will slowly stop being the case. They'll become increasingly secularized in the U.S.
Anyways, if all the Catholics in the U.S. had the same number of children today, and throughout the sexual revolution as they did in 1950, this would be a Catholic-majority country by now. Unfortunately, the sexual revolution affected the vast majority of Catholics. What percentage practice NFP? What percentage NEVER use contraception?
*This could've been a Catholic country by now had we not been deceived by the sexual revolution.
Every Catholic family with 10 kids is really just having the kids that they should have plus the kids that 4 secular families SHOULD have, but have 0 kids. Should someone who never had children get the same amount of social security/ medicare as someone who did have children?
Good post! We just to be mindful that only a couple can discern how many children God is calling them to have, or when they are ready to have another child. But then, that's the beauty of NFP....as the need to avoid conception decreases, so does the will to avoid conception.