Earth overtaxed

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Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik, in his summary response to the results of a recent survey of Roman Catholics, wrote, among many other things, that the church should continue to promote “natural family planning” methods — as well as the virtues of large families. “The more children in a family, the more glimpses of God there are in that family” (“Catholic Sexuality Survey Finds Dissension,” Feb. 28).

I would assert that, as an educated man, Bishop Zubik should be well aware that this beautiful world that is teeming with multitudinous forms of life that he presumably believes God created for the benefit of mankind is steadily being degraded — some would say desecrated — at an alarming rate as the fundamental consequence of more than 7 billion humans overburdening the natural world upon which we all depend.

Rational logic should make it clear that to encourage this continued degradation of God’s gift by promoting large families is akin to blasphemy.

But as Benjamin Franklin famously observed: “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”


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