Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.
A reader writes:
This is a thought-provoking, excellent article from Philip Longman, a liberal atheist featured in the documentary “Demographic Winter” about the decline of global fertility, and author of the book “The Empty Cradle” about the same phenomenon, both of which are worth taking a look at.
Here Longman presents the thesis that the future may belong to the most religious people due to the fact that fertility rates are highest among the most religious and not many of their children leave the faith they were raised in.
The book by Eric Kaufman mentioned in the article coming out in the U.S.A. this spring merits reading I think too!
Babies are the most beautiful thing in the world. - G.K. Chesterton (who also observed, “Now it was the inmost lie of the Manichees that they identified purity with sterility. It is singularly contrasted with the language of St. Thomas, which always connects purity with fruitfulness; whether it be natural or supernatural.”)