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PopeWatch does wonder at times if this pontificate is a divine practical joke:


Life and family experts are calling it “scandalous,” “shocking,” “confusing,” and “perplexing” that the Vatican would invite Dr. Paul Ehrlich, the undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement, to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference.

“The fact that Paul Ehrlich is advertised as a speaker at the Vatican’s ‘Biological Extinction’ conference is scandalous,” Maria Madise, manager of Voice of the Family, told LifeSiteNews.

“Through its choice of speakers, the Pontifical Academies running the event are giving an unmistakable message of sympathy for the radical environmental agenda, despite it going hand in hand with abortion, birth control, and a total lack of compassion for the real poor in today’s world, the unborn children,” she said.

Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb, is scheduled to speak in Vatican City during the February 27-March 1 conference that will discuss “how to save the natural world,” a story LifeSiteNews broke earlier this week. 

The Stanford biologist champions sex-selective abortion as well as mass forced sterilization as legitimate methods to curb population growth. It is impossible to calculate the possible millions of deaths globally the man and his population control ideas might indirectly be responsible for over the past five decades — ideas that are forcefully employed in countries such as China, India, Kenya, and many others.

Ehrlich called for “compulsory population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion” in his 1977 book Ecoscience, as a way to fight population growth.

He once said that allowing women to have as many children as they desired was like letting people “throw as much of their garbage into their neighbor’s backyard as they want.”

The conference, jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences (PAS) and Social Sciences (PASS), will address what Vatican organizers call an unsustainable “imbalance” between the world’s population and what the earth is capable of producing.


Go here to read the rest.  PopeWatch is sure that the people behind this invitation are not pro-life.  A better question would be:  Are they Catholic?

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  1. Christ didn’t invite Satan to speak at the Sermon on the Mount, for good reason. Neither should Christ’s Church contaminate the truth by inviting the thoughts of the enemy of truth.

  2. “He once said that allowing women to have as many children as they desired was like letting people ‘throw as much of their garbage into their neighbor’s backyard as they want.'”
    Maybe Ehrlich should take that statement to heart and abort himself post birth as the garbage that he says new human beings are. I truly despise liberalism from the depths of my being.

  3. There’s nothing the man’s ever said of note to general audiences that wasn’t subsequently discredited or a manifest scam to begin with. Just read the disaster scenarios in The Population Bomb or recall that Julian Simon pwnd him quite thoroughly over mineral prices. (Simon let him pick the resource prices in question). As late as about 1993, he was offering cock-and-bull figures for the quantum of net primary productivity being consumed by humans. He’s a con man. This is item #637 in the file marked “Francis is mediocre and surrounds himself with mediocrities who do not challenge or embarrass him”

  4. There is something else I would like to say about the non-existent Population Explosion, and I have said it before. With safe, clean, low-cost energy we can produce all the food and other essentials of human prosperity that we need. It is all a matter of energy supply. And God has endowed Earth’s crust with enough uranium and thorium to do exactly that with fast breeder reactors. With that energy we can:
    (1) Produce hydrogen fuel from water via thermo-catalytic splitting and liquid hydrocarbon fuel from coal via the Fischer Tropsch process
    (2) Desalinate sea water into fresh water to make the deserts bloom (the UAE is building four APR1400 gigantic reactors on the Persian Gulf to help do exactly that – I was offered a job to work there)
    (3) Produce fertilizer from organic waste
    (4) Etc.
    We do NOT have a population problem.
    We do NOT have an energy problem.
    We have a problem of SIN – greed, lust for power, pride, envy – those are our problems. We got enough of everything because God endowed this planet with all we need. And there’s the entire solar system out there – all reachable via NERVA (Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle Application) propulsion that we actually built and tested in the 1960s! We can get helium-3 from the moon for fusion reactors. We can mine the asteroids for metals. There’s no resource problem. And there is no need to keep major sections of the world’s population in abject misery and poverty. But first we got to fix our insides before we can fix our outsides. And that is what Pope Francis does NOT preach: repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.

  5. It’s possible we do have a population problem– there’s a consistent pattern of the populations being much, much smaller than reported. Possibly because all the encouragements for estimating push in the same direction, towards a higher estimate. Be it foreign aid, or surveys where you ask traditional culture men on the street how many children they have, publicly questioning their masculinity….
    In general, I want these guys to talk. Ehrlich is a hack, and if his claims were more publicly known he’d be a laughing stock.
    I don’t think a Vatican conference is going to do much for allowing public confrontation of claims, though….

  6. We can mine the asteroids for metals.

    The brother of my Father-in-law drives a truck in Maine with a bumper sticker that reads:

    Earth First. We can mine the other planets later

    As for Franciscus, ABS has a desire to pay him no mind but

    He is laying waste to the Faith
    Trying to turn trads into wraiths

    One prays he is insane so his culpability is diminished

  7. Again and again, P. Francis is almost exactly modeling the coping behavior and steadily growing, erratic thought processes of a man I once worked with, he being in a key position of a Catholic institution —and one who desperately hid for years his slow-growing, inoperable brain cancer—he wouldn’t relinquish his position.

    I have mentioned before the article in the Italian news journal Quotidiana from October,2015, that chronicled significant details regarding a world-renowned brain cancer expert from Duke University and U.of Pisa medical faculties, who met with and assessed Bergoglio at that time. The dark spot found on his brain was considered “benign” supposedly. To me the meaning is probably that it was likely inoperable, even if it could be accessed.

    Back to the first person in my story: “E” was always very socially adept, power-loving, and quite intellectually high-powered: but gradually we started noting times when his emotions, especially. anger, dripped out, in, at first little snide remarks; then later, increasingly biting and eventually quite offensive and blatantly hostile remarks (people enjoy “eating feces”, a potential example). He began to disappear for days with hushed explanations–have you noticed that seems to be happening with Papa Francis? It turned out “E” was checking himself into a SF peninsula hospital where he was not well-known and could conceal his breakdowns. Still, his thinking, like this man’s, became progressively erratic and his circle of trusted associates, smaller and smaller, also like this man’s, every day nearly, the outbursts more unignorable. Finally, after a series of debacles, he had to be confronted and removed. It was pure hell for everyone. Only then did the true diagnosis become public.

    Yes, I think Bergoglio is a sick man, but like “E”, his fingers are tightly, relentlesdly, wrapped around that orb of power.

  8. It is happenings like this–so contrary to natural law–that causes one think of extinction events. The irony of Pope Francis actions are inescapable. Western populations are already in decline as a result of abandoning the teaching of the Catholic Church. These populations are now being overrun by the new barbarians from the East. If anything, a Vatican population conference should try to figure out ways to increase the population which should begin with a return to orthodox Catholicism. What can we conclude? We are witnessing the ‘suicide of the west’ at the hands of the Catholic Church. Our Lady of Fatima, it is time for divine intervention.

  9. “One prays he is insane so his culpability is diminished.” Over a year ago, I read of reports that Pope Francis could have a brain tumor/brain cancer. The Vatican denied this, but a Dr. Fukushima, who is a brain cancer specialist apparently stated that a dark spot on the pope’s brain could possibly be treatable. Dr. Fukushima went to the Vatican more than once and met with several cardinals, and his staff is reported to have been instructed to make no comment on the matter. I recall that during Pope Paul VI’s visit to Manila during his pontificate he was attacked by a man wielding a knife or other sharp instrument. The Vatican at the time said that the pope sustained minor injuries. However, after his death, the Vatican said that the injuries Paul VI suffered in that attack were life threatening, and that he was for a time in danger of death. I am hesitant to believe anything that comes from the Vatican, and I will close with a question: If insanity (or illness) would make pope Gallen’sgroup less culpable, what would be his excuse for when he was a priest, a bishop, a cardinal?

  10. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness…THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    If Paul Erhlich exiles himself from American citizenship and sovereign personhood, no one can prevent his defection. but Paul Erhlick is no longer an American citizen as he has declared himself a traitor to our Founding Principles.
    These are our Founding Principles. Live them, breathe them, share them. Criminals, outlaws and traitors be damned.

  11. Our Founding Principles are ratified by every state. Paul Erhlich is free to leave and Paul Erhlich is free to get three quarters of the states to ratify his opinion. Paul Erhlich is entitled to his opinion. Paul Erhlich is not entitled to my free speech, nor to my America’s sovereign citizens.
    The Vicar of Christ in the Vatican is entitled to the Truth, the Life and the Way of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis is not entitled to blare our faults in public. Defamation, calumny and detraction are sins.

  12. James, you are right about the contact with Dr. Takanori Fukushima, a world-renowned expert in certain rare brain cancers, who was flown in the papal helicopter from his medical facility near the U. of Pisa medical school campus sometime in Sept or October 2015. Quotidiano Nazionale, the news source, reported it here:


    According to the source, “a small dark spot” was detected on one of the brain scans (probably a CAT scan). Several medical staff personnel saw the papal helicopter with the Vatican coat of arms land at the clinic (“Clinica San Rossore di Barbaracina”) helipad.
    My own research at that time turned up that Dr. Fukushima splits time between the Pisa faculty and Duke U. Medical School. A lady named Lori Radcliffe, who is a medical administrator and scheduler for Dr. Fukushima, at the time of the Quotidiano story, issued a denial of his meeting with the pope: however, she is in Raleigh, NC and couldn’t possibly know whom Dr. Fukushima is meeting at the time in Italy, and besides which for her to acknowledge meeting with P Francis, she would be violating HIPAA confidentiality rules, and so she has to deny it. Also, as though on cue, our friend, papal spokesman at the time, Fr. Federico Lombardi issued a parallel denial, “I can confirm that no Japanese doctor came to the Vatican to see the pope and there were no examinations of the type indicated in the article.” However, subsequently other news sources produced photos showing a select papal audience with Dr. Fukushima meeting with P. Francis — so Lori Radcliffe had to issue a correction later, stating the audience was merely personal, Dr. Fukushima (who is not Catholic) somehow just wanting to meet the Pope up close and personal, and somehow angling a select papal audience (sometime in Sept-Oct. 2015). The facts don’t fit together.

    Now, around this time (2015) the pope was seen mysteriously stumbling when ascending steps on at least two different occasions (and photographed, so hard to deny it happened). Balance organs are likely to be affected when one has some kinds of brain cancer, depending on where it were to occur; also if he is receiving radiation therapy. However, if he has been receiving the latter, he would likely be unable to carry on regular daily functions.

    But more to my point, having worked with and virtually lived with a person that was concealing a slow growing brain cancer, one of the anomalies that started to develop with increasing frequency was outbursts of anger exhibited in strange statements and overt language. The person is trying to control his raging emotions, made more difficult by the cancer, and is unable to realize objectively that his behavior is becoming increasingly bizarre. The now famous “eating feces” comment (supposedly aimed at “fake news”) on or about Dec. 7, 2016 is salient. Were it not brain cancer, I would view it as advancing dementia. But there is ample evidence to conclude it was brain cancer.

  13. Oh: One other thing: Fr. Lombardi’s statement (““I can confirm that no Japanese doctor came to the Vatican to see the pope and there were no examinations of the type indicated in the article.” ) is a masterpiece in denial. “No Japanese doctor”—does that include a brain cancer expert? “No examinations of the type indicated?” Does that mean we haven’t specifically asked about a specific brain cancer examination of a certain specific type?
    The statement appears to be classic PR disinformation.

  14. And another thing: Fr. Lombardi’s denial was that “no Japanese doctor came to the Vatican”. But the Quotidiano article described an examination of a high-level confidential patient at the Clinica at Pisa. Because many VIP movie-star-types and political leaders come to the particular clinic, no one apparently can see them entering and exiting the facility—esp. if they arrive by helicopter. However, the papal coat of arms on a helicopter is a little hard to explain.

  15. He may be struggling with mental illness, but what about those advisors and cardinals– they don’t all have spots on their brains.

  16. Bumper sticker seen in Indianapolis : In large block letters, “QUESTION AUTHORITY”. In much smaller letters underneath : “Just don’t act like you’re questioning authority”. Timothy R.

  17. And who will be the person who will destroy other persons to “save the planet”? Paul Erhlich needs to apologize to people for denying to them the existence of their immortal, rational, human soul and for trying to deny to them their FREEDOM.
    Pope Francis needs to explain why he is trying to create an abomination of nations to supplant divine Providence.

  18. Years ago, when Al Gore was running for the position of Grand Luna Tick, he told a reporter that all of the animals in cages, around the World, should be set free and replaced with humans. Timothy R.

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