Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Fr Paul Marx “Apostle of Life”

The death has taken place of Fr. Paul Marx at the St. John's Benedictine Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. Fr Marx who held a Doctorate in Sociology was a giant of the pro-life movement and was the founder of both Human Life International (HLI) and the Population Research Institute (PRI). He was almost 90.

Pope John Paul II called him the “Apostle of Life” and told him,
“You must bring this pro-life, pro-family movement all over the earth; and if you do that, you will be doing the most important work on earth."

Fr Marx brought the pro-life message to every corner of the globe visiting over 90 countries and setting up pro-life groups wherever he went making Human Life International the largest pro-life organization in the world but he also recognized the necessity of countering population decline hence his setting up of PRI.

When asked why he founded PRI he said; “I saw the need for an organization to combat the myth of overpopulation. I wanted to publicize the dramatic fall in birth rates, especially in the developed countries. As you well know, about half the countries in the world, including all the developed countries in the world, now have a non-reproductive birthrate. Entire nations are dying out.”

1999 Interview with Steve Mosher

May he rest in peace