Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines was important for reasons beyond the record crowd of six million people who turned out to greet him.
It was important because Pope Francis chose his encounter with the youth of the Philippines to deliver a powerful pro-life message to the youth of the world.
Why did he do it there? With its deeply Catholic roots, the Philippines are like the Ireland of the Far East -- except that they have twice the rate of natural increase that Ireland does, and their birth rate is 59% higher. Indeed, the Republic of the Philippines is the only western country with a birth rate to match that of the Muslim world. Elsewhere in the West, populations are shrinking.
In his address to youth, Pope Francis urged young people to think clearly, feel passionately, and act courageously in their encounter with today’s moral, social, political, and economic problems.
He also urged them “to learn how to cry” -- something only humans can do when confronting tragedy. He didn’t specifically mention abortion, but the connection is still clear.
The last thing pro-abortion ideologues want is for people to mourn the tragedy abortion has brought to the world. The very nature of abortion is that it prevents children from ever crying their first cry, which is nothing less than their primal cry for life.
The Pope invited young people to ask: “Have I learned how to weep, how to cry? Have I learned how to weep for someone who has been discarded, a child who is homeless, a young person with a drug problem, someone who has been abused?”
In the United States, we’ve aborted 58 million children. And we’ve done so in a way that no one will ever hear them cry. Many late term abortions are done by sticking a scissors in their heads as they emerge from their mother’s wombs – so that no one will ever hear them cry. Once that first cry is heard, the instinctive human response is to defend that child’s right to life.
Far and away the best way to turn the tide of our anti-life culture is by reaching out to today's young people before they enter the abortion industry's marketing pipeline. Our Celebrate Life seminars for teens demonstrate that young people are hungry for the truth that will set them free. We regularly see a 75% increase in strongly pro-life teens, a 40% decrease among confused kids in the middle, and a 15% reduction among teens who are pro-choice. But to do this, we urgently need your help. Your gift of $100 makes you a vital member of our Celebrate Life team by underwriting the cost of 10 students attending one of our seminars. It also makes you a member of our $100 a year Club.
The Coming Revolt of
No other generation in history has been dismissed as anonymously as Generation X, Y and Z. Nor has any generation before them ever experienced the abortion of 30% of their members. Even in World War II, only 1.8% of the 16 million men and women failed to come back because they were killed in action. Meanwhile, this generation has inherited an economy that is on the verge of implosion as a result of profligate government spending and failed government policies.
That's why we feel it is time for America's younger generation to begin demanding to know "Why!"
Bishop Arthur Seratelli of Paterson recently asked a very important question: "Why do we face the sad loss of so many of our young people from the practice of the faith?"
He cited Pew studies showing that one-third of all adults under 30 are no longer connected with any church. Indeed, four out of five abandon the practice of their faith by the time they leave high school and move on to college.
These are stunning statistics. But what exactly has caused this crisis of faith among the young? And what can we do to change it?
High on my list of causes would be the 57.7 million young lives lost to abortion since 1967. They represent an unprecedented 30% loss in the under-47 generation with huge implications for their social, economic and spiritual well-being. Fully 88% of those abortions occur to young women age 15 to 35 with the highest abortion ratios among pregnant teens.
So why should we be surprised that this same group is suffering a huge loss of faith?
Abortion has certainly diminished young people's hopes for the future. Roe v. Wade killed off the youth market that had driven our economy since World War II. If not for abortion, today's youth market would be 43% bigger than it is today. Indeed, the whole U.S. economy would be at least 20% larger.
Abortion has also divided America dramatically. Fully 90% of abortions occur in just half the states. Six states account for 54%. The other 25 states account for just 10%.
How can faith survive in a land that is so sharply divided?
That's no longer an open question. It first occurred to me in 1992 when I retired after a long career as a journalist and later as a marketing consultant for companies like Waring, Toshiba, Baker Industries, Cessna, AT&T and others.
That's when I first took a look at the astonishing number of abortions in the United States – some 30 million by then. Back then, that was equal to the population of the 32 largest cities in the U.S. – from New York all the way down to cities the size of Austin, Texas.
Based on this preliminary analysis, I predicted an economic crisis starting in the year 2000 and continuing until 2020. Not only did my predictions come true on schedule, but our latest research shows that the impact is far deeper than even I realized back then.
My current forecast is that, unless America comes to its senses about abortion and birth control within the next few years, it will be all over for the United States as the beacon of freedom and economic prosperity for the world. That could easily happen by 2025 if things don't change.
Why is the outlook getting worse? For one thing, the economic impact of the abortion boom is deepening, not abating. Today, we have had a cumulative 58 million abortions, nearly double the 30 million we had in 1992.
And the number of cities with an equivalent population has soared to include our 88 largest cities. Within 3 years, that number will reach 100.
It's as if we had a nuclear war with a 100% casualty rate in all our major cities with populations of 200,000 or more. You would have to call that near total destruction!
By Dennis Howard This August, it was more than years since Martin Luther King Jr. came to Washington to deliver his magnificent "I Have a Dream" speech. In it, he celebrated the Emancipation Proclamation of 100 years earlier as "a great beacon of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice." He also hailed an earlier time "when the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence." He reminded us: "They were signing a Promissory Note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." He asked whether America had defaulted on that note, and concluded that "instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check that has come back marked insufficient funds." Now, half a century later, we have to ask that question again.
Dennis Howard is founder and president of The Movement for a Better America, a non-profit, pro-life educational organization. Before starting MBA in 1995, he had a long and successful career in journalism and creative marketing. He helped launch more than 20 magazines and newspapers, and participated in major campaigns for companies like Waring, Cessna, Toshiba, Matchbox, AT&T and others. He is available as a strategic marketing consultant to other pro-life organizations, and is currently writing a book on Pro-Life Strategies for the 21st Century. To invite Dennis as a speaker, contact him at Movement for a Better America, PO Box 472, Mt. Freedom, NJ 07970-0472