Vatican to UN: stop treating having children as ‘something to be feared’

Current UN policies marginalize the poor as "inconsequential objects" whose populations should be reduced, said the Vatican's permanent observer at the UN.
Thu Apr 14, 2011 - 6:56 pm EST

NEW YORK, April 14, 2011 ( - The Vatican’s permanent observer at the United Nations on Tuesday urged the international body to abandon policies that treat childbearing as “something to be feared rather than affirmed” and marginalize the poor as “inconsequential objects” whose populations should be reduced.

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See, said that UN policy must be directed at supporting the family and thus “foster a new ethic for development.”

“Unfortunately many discussions in the present day continue to be led by a false notion that, in the context of population growth, the very act of giving life is something to be feared rather than affirmed,” stated Chullikatt.

“Such thinking is based on a radical individualism which sees human reproduction as a commodity that must be regulated and improved in order to encourage greater market efficiency and development.”

Chullikatt emphasized “the paramount importance of respect for the inherent dignity of the human person in all development efforts” and stated that fears over the effect of overpopulation on the environment were based on “consistently disproven theory.”

“These apprehensions contribute to the advancement of forms of reproductive technology which denigrate the nature of human sexuality,” he said.

The archbishop specifically criticized the Secretary General’s report for suggesting that the rate of childbearing in developing countries is a problem to be stemmed, and called it a “tragic theory” to suppose that the suffering of the world’s poor should be alleviated by eliminating poor people themselves.

“This distorted world-view regards the poor as a problem to be commoditized and managed as if they were inconsequential objects rather than as unique persons with innate dignity and worth who require the full commitment of the international community to provide assistance so that they can realize their full potential,” he said.

Click here to read the Nuncio’s full statement.

  francis chullikatt, un, vatican

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