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Is it time to reject the phrase, "Be fruitful and multiply"?
Early civilizations discovered that it was useful to have many children because they could work the fields and help adults in old age. Due to the high mortality rate it was necessary and desirable to have lots of children in case some died.
Only in the developed world has there been a need to be, "Fruitful and multiply" because there we see declining birth rates compared to the aged.
It was a travesty, in my opinion, for the Pope to congratulate African women who had 13 or more babies (This was several years ago). Should Catholics oppose the Pope when it comes to overpopulation?
In an overcrowded world we now see, the edict be fruitful and mulitply makes no sense at all.