20DowntheDrain, on 27 July 2011 - 09:29 AM, said:
If you look at the indexes on overpopulation the majority of the countries are not Catholic.
Overpopulation is NOT always responsible for poverty, for example South Korea is terribly overpopulated, but it is NOT a place of poverty in Asia. Dense population you find also in Japan, Taiwan, Hongkong....
If we check out the latest data of the worldbank, 1st/July/2011, we will indeed find out that Philippines is poor, holding a low rank 152/rank 149 (depending on purchasing power parity) out of 215 countries.
Which countries in Asia are poorer than Philippines? Are they overpopulated?
The result is somewhat 50/50 and no conclusion, as not all of them - Mongolia, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, North Korea, Myanmar - are overpopulated but they are poorer than the Philippines.
Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan are overpopulated AND poorer than Philippines.
Are these Asian countries mentioned above Catholic (or at least Christian) countries? Surely not.
They are mainly Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Atheist.
I cannot see any relationship between Catholicism and poverty/overpopulation when looking at these economic data.
This thread is asking:
Is Catholicism responsible for poverty in the Philippines?
My answer is NO - but if somebody thinks differently, I would like to hear an explication why.
Il Postino, on 26 July 2011 - 09:22 PM, said:
In fact name one really successful Catholic country?
I mean contemporary and modern day successful Catholic country.
Not in Asia of course, the Roman Catholic majority you will find only in Philippines, but Catholicism has still a huge influence in Europe, especially in Continental and Southern Europe.
Income in these EU-countries is still BY FAR higher (3 to 5 times) than in Thailand.
(somewhat between USD 17.000,- to 39.000,- /GNI/PPP)
In Poland are 89 percent of the population Roman Catholics,
In Lithuania 79 percent,
In Croatia 88 percent,
In my native country - Austria - still 65 percent of the population are registered Roman Catholics paying church taxes.
Portugal also has a high Roman Catholic population, about 85 percent, Spain about 73 percent, Italy 87 percent...
that's clearly the majority of the population.
กำนัน, on 26 July 2011 - 07:43 PM, said:
.....The stranglehold christianity has on Philippines society is contributing to the retardation of the country ...
.....Comparisons between the recent histories of Thailand and the Philippines always interest me.....
These are two really totally different countries.
In Philippines over 80 percent of the population belong to the Catholic Church - not only since recent history, 15 percent to other Christian-orientated religions and cults, and only 5 percent are Muslims and others.
A lage part of the history of Philippines is related to Catholicism.
You cannot easily change the history and replace religion and life style/customs of 90 million people with something else, even if it would benefit the Philippine people.
I doubt however that Roman Catholic religion is the major reason for poverty in Philippines.