ROME, October 29, 2010 – For Professor Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, economist and banker, and president of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione, the Vatican bank, the main cause of the economic crisis in the West is the collapse in the birth rate.
Gotti Tedeschi has been maintaining this thesis for some time, with great vigor. And he argues for it frequently at conferences and in articles in "L'Osservatore Romano."
Some, however, continue to think that what is blocking economic development is not a reduction, but an uncontrolled rise in the birth rate. One of the most tenacious proponents of this neo-Malthusian thesis is a famous professor of political science who has taught in New York for years, Professor Giovanni Sartori, a prominent editorialist for the leading Italian newspaper, "Corriere della Sera," from the columns of which he repeatedly attacks the Catholic Church as the champion of "insane demographic growth," a prelude to nothing but disaster.
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