.- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata warned this week that the fall of the birthrate is âan urgent and very serious problem,â and that âit is not only a cultural, social and political issue, but also an ethical and religious one as well.â
In his television program, âKeys to a Better World,â the archbishop commented on a study published in Italy entitled, âWhy We Should Have More Kids. The Consequences of the Drop in Births.â
After recalling the 40th anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, the archbishop said Paul VIâs letter dealt with âa problem that was already resolved in the moral tradition of the Church.â
âIn that encyclical the Pope warned about the consequences that would follow from the alteration of married life and the family order. One of them is what the countries that have entered a sort demographic winter are experiencing,â the archbishop added.
He lamented that the Popeâs famous letter was not heeded like it should have been. âEven within the Church herself it was disputed and many tried to discredit the Popeâs message in it.â
Archbishop Aguer suggested the encyclical be re-read, because the problem of the fall of the birthrate requires a âreformulation of the Christian conscienceâ and renewed adherence to âthis norm of the natural order.â
âMarriage was made not only for the union of the two persons involved but also for the transmission of life. The unitive and the procreative meanings of the conjugal act cannot be dissociated from each other with impunity,â the archbishop stated.