ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA ACCUSESEVANGELICALS AND ROMAN CATHOLICS OF THEFT

From THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD:

The General Synod of the Anglican Church has issued a warning that current rates of population growth are unsustainable and potentially out of step with church doctrine - including the eighth commandment "thou shall not steal." In a significant intervention, the Anglican Public Affairs Commission has also warned concerned Christians that remaining silent "is little different from supporting further overpopulation and ecological degradation."

"Out of care for the whole Creation, particularly the poorest of humanity and the life forms who cannot speak for themselves … it is not responsible to stand by and remain silent. Unless we take account of the needs of future life on Earth, there is a case that we break the eighth commandment, 'Thou shall not steal,'" a discussion paper by the commission warns.

The discussion paper, prepared in March, claims that federal government financial incentives encouraging childbirth should be scrapped and replaced with improved support for parents, such as leave.

COMMENT: They should go even further and give childless people huge tax breaks and the right to drive in bus lanes.

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ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA ACCUSESEVANGELICALS AND ROMAN CATHOLICS OF THEFT — 2 Comments

  1. It’s not their numbers that count; it’s their behavior. If humans behave like predators, taking without giving anything back, then, like other predators, their existence on earth is likely to be brutish and short. Predation is self-defeating. Which is probably why its various manifestations (wrath, greed, gluttony, envy, lust, pride and sloth) are referred to as the “seven deadly sins.”
    What’s the alternative? Trade and exchange, both with other members of the species and mother earth, herself.
    What’s the opposite of trade and exchange? Letting the surplus go to waste.
    Waste is the antithesis of economy.

  2. The earth is already vastly overpopulated, and even our current numbers cannot be sustained over the long haul. The seas are rapidly being over-fished to the point that some common species will be commercially not viable as food sources. The huge third world cities, with their teeming, wretchedly poor slums, are just waiting for some new hugely fatal disease (avian flu, SARS, N1H1, take your pick), and millions will probably die before medical care can get a handle on things. Look at all the countries that have just about despoiled all their natural resources – cut down the forests, played out the land so crops are small and poor quality, allowed extraction companies to come in and take all the natural resources. What will they have left? The world and time wil go on; what will they do when all their original natural wealth is gone? Very few seem to be thinking at all about the next generation, much less those who will come along in 1,000 years…..