Steyn was right in 2006 and that hasn't changed. Too bad the US Bishops (and those in Germany, France, and Italy) were asleep at the birth-control switch, eh?
Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive this
century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes,
including many if not most Western European countries. There'll
probably still be a geographical area on the map marked as Italy or the
Netherlands--probably--just as in Istanbul there's still a
building called St. Sophia's Cathedral. But it's not a cathedral; it's
merely a designation for a piece of real estate. Likewise, Italy and the
Netherlands will merely be designations for real estate. The challenge
for those who reckon Western civilization is on balance better than the
alternatives is to figure out a way to save at least some parts of the
It's the demographics, stupid.
And if you need a memento mori, from today's smartest Cassandra, here's one:
Permanence is the illusion of every age. In 1913, no one thought the
Russian, Austrian, German and Turkish empires would be gone within half a
decade. Seventy years on, all those fellows who dismissed Reagan as an
"amiable dunce" (in Clark Clifford's phrase) assured us the Soviet Union
was likewise here to stay. The CIA analysts' position was that East
Germany was the ninth biggest economic power in the world. In 1987 there
was no rash of experts predicting the imminent fall of the Berlin Wall,
the Warsaw Pact and the USSR itself.
But hey--we have toys!!
While the US Catholic Conference has busied itself with inane position papers on 'welcoming refugees', liturgical shenanigans, single-payer healthcare, opposition to the Second Amendment, and climate change, it has also presided over the effective depopulation of the US.
And I don't see the Lutherans, Episcopalians, or Baptists as guilt-less, either.
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