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Get ready for new management

By John E. Carey - posted Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Deborah Solomon, of The New York Times, recently interviewed the new Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman to run a national division of the Anglican Communion.

Question: “How many members of the Episcopal Church are there?”

Bishop Kate: “About 2.2 million,” replied the presiding bishop. “It used to be larger percentage-wise, but Episcopalians tend to be better educated and tend to reproduce at lower rates than other denominations.”


Deborah Solomon: “Episcopalians aren’t interested in replenishing their ranks by having children?”

“No,” agreed Bishop Kate. “It’s probably the opposite. We encourage people to pay attention to the stewardship of the Earth and not use more than their portion.”

Too bad the extreme wing of the Islam faith doesn’t feel that way. They are multiplying and moving to the United States, France, Germany, Spain and elsewhere.

My guess is that the Islamic people will inherit the stewardship of the Earth because there will be a huge and growing population of them while the peoples of what Donald Rumsfeld called “Old Europe” have declining populations.

Norman Myers, renowned British scientist and a fellow of Oxford University, has published over 300 papers and 17 books. Myers wrote, “Certain Muslim countries bordering Europe’s eastern and southern sides tend to have high fertility rates, often four children or more, primarily because of the disadvantaged status of women. How about the Catholic Church? Well, the country with the smallest family size, just 1.2 children, is Italy; and the part of Italy with the smallest family size is Rome. Guess which part of Rome has the smallest family size?”

And why did Mr Rumsfeld use the term “Old Europe”? Myers thinks he knows: “The outlook [on the decline in population] will also affect the hopes of many Europeans to create a superpower to rival the United States. By 2050 the region’s collective economies could be growing at little over one per cent per year, compared with more than 2 per cent in the United States (and at least 3 per cent in China). In fact, could all this mean that Europe may eventually face what has been termed ‘a slow but inexorable exit from history’?”


The population of the United States just recently topped 300 million. The population of China is somewhere over 1,306,313,812 and growing. In fact, China only allows women to have one child. If someone gets pregnant a second time, forced abortion is the likely result.

Zhang Weiqing, minister in charge of China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, stressed that China will keep its family planning policy in place to maintain a low birth level.

“But demographically speaking, China will face another upsurge of population growth in the coming five years, and China’s first single-child generation is about to enter reproductive age then, which makes it all the more difficult to maintain a low birth level in the coming years,” said Zhang.

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First published in Peace and Freedom blog on November 26, 2006.

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John E. Carey has been a military analyst for 30 years.

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