PopeWatch: Population Conspiracy?

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PopeWatch is always skeptical of conspiracy theories but this is intriguing:


ROME, July 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The demographic collapse of the West in recent decades was planned in order to create the necessary conditions to usher in a New World Order, and the authors of this collapse are now influencing the Vatican at the highest levels, the former president of the Vatican bank has said.

Speaking at the first international conference of the John Paul II academy for human life and the family, Italian economist and banker Ettore Gotti Tedeschi said efforts to decrease the world’s population by globalist elites have set in motion a series of predictable and intended economic, geo-political, and social catastrophes meant to “persuade” people around the world to accept a global “political vision” that would eliminate national sovereignty and institute “gnostic environmentalism” as its “universal religion.”

The recurrent themes of the present papacy are poverty, immigration and the environment, and we are led to believe that these are caused by “the greed of bankers,” war and man, the “cancer of nature,” he said. But this is “fake news” according to Gotti Tedeschi. For him, the cause behind all of these scourges is the “collapse in births.” 

The people pushing this fake news, he said, are “gnostic prophets” such as population control proponents Paul Ehrlich, Jeffrey Sachs and Ban Ki-moon who, rejecting the natural law and the divine order of creation, seek to proselytize the world with their “anti-Catholic gnosis.” 

According to Gotti Tedeschi, the “greatest enemy” of the New World Order is the family because it provides “education, autonomy and independence” from the state. Its second enemy is the Catholic Church, he said, and yet these gnostic prophets are “rewriting genesis in the halls of the Vatican.”


Go here to read the rest.  Well this would certainly help explain why Ehrlich was invited to speak at the Vatican, go here to read about it, not to mention the Pope’s “breeding like rabbits” slur.  The Pope and the men around him are almost indistinguishable from the secular elites they rub shoulders with each day, and it is not shocking to assume they regard population growth as anathema even while we are in a time of plunging birth rates around most of the globe.  Alternatively, if Tedeschi is a nut, what does it say about how the Vatican does business that he was head of the Vatican Bank from 2009-2012?



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  1. Good point. “If Tedeschi is a nut, what does it say about how the Vatican does business that he was head of the Vatican Bank from 2009-2012?”
    The first ever, St. Peter’s used as movie screen, was another odd event to push worship of Gaia. As foil hat as it sounds, there is a possibility that his whistle blowing isn’t a remake of Chicken Little.

  2. Sounds about right. NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM on the Great Seal of the United States is surmounted by the Eye of God on every leaf of legal tender, the dollar bill. “…the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God…” is inscribed in our Declaration, supported by “divine Providence” and ratified by every state. Gaia has a Supreme Sovereign Being in “…the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God…”
    As long as God abides among his People, and Jesus Christ has said that His delight is to be among the sons of men from all eternity, we will have as many sovereign nations as the sovereign personhood of man can institute. And long after we have been archeologised, our legal tender will be unearthed with our motto IN GOD WE TRUST.

  3. The contraceptive mentality has deeply affected the Church.
    In my own Diocese we are continually fed the idea that unless parents cannot afford $15K per year for private high school and $40K per year for college, it would be better that the child not have siblings.
    No one actually comes out and says this, but the drum of a contraceptive mentality is continually struck, and so is praise for the Pill, Status and Wealth, not Faith.

  4. Sorry, this sounds like something cooked up by E. Michael Jones after his 4th nightcap.

    A resource economist of my acquaintance offered Paul Ehrlich and the Club of Rome as examples of what happens when credentialed experts neither stay in their lane nor seek collaborative work with people in the other lane. After offering his dubious thesis to general audiences in 1967, Ehrlich continued to double-down, even after Julian Simon pwned him in 1990. He wasn’t above scamming around. Somewhere in my possession is a reference to an article he penned for BioScience ca. 1990 lamenting the quantum of the world’s net primary productivity we were consuming. The intellectual legerdemain he was employing to exaggerate that share was evident even to a college employee taking an undergraduate course as a fringe benefit. The media has always treated him respectfully, even though his ‘predictions’ (offered in 1967) in re the events of the forthcoming dozen years were facially absurd once 1979 arrived and cockroaches hadn’t inherited the Earth. (One of the more grossly amusing bits of The Population Bomb was the section where he recommended his readers undertake letter-writing campaigns, offering a sample letter in which an Ehrilich acolyte complains to a network executive about entertainment programs featuring large families).

    Ehrlich isn’t the press agent of some vast international conspiracy, just an academic who got it wrong and couldn’t admit that.

  5. In my own Diocese we are continually fed the idea that unless parents cannot afford $15K per year for private high school

    Bishops insist on keeping diocesan schools open, a few of them perhaps influenced by Andrew Greeley’s clueless work on the subject. The result isn’t Catholic education, but travesties like ‘Charlotte Catholic High School’.

  6. Art: All you say about Paul Ehrlich is true. What does it say about our current Pope that he brings a man like that into the Vatican to lecture the Catholic world?

  7. Well with all the talk of female empowerment It seems that the only female empowerment allowed is that of the single childless woman. You see when I was looking for employment and I had 1 or 2 children, there was no question about my experience, skill or commitment to the role. But as soon as employees found out I had 4 children, the questions i would get in interviews was “are you finished yet?”. And the job went to the single childless female woman. Not the hard working, university educated mother looking to further her skills and contribute to the family household. So this prejudice against the family runs rampant through all sectors of society. Even though we have never taken a cent of government money in the 13 years we have been married, we have paid the highest tax bracket as average middle income earners and sacrifice daily to send our children to private schools and attend extra curricular activities. Yes, and even churchgoers tut tut at our “large family” of 4 children and a mum and Dad. You see we are that independent self sufficient family which this NWO, and now it seems the Vatican, want to see become extinct from society. I believe this so-called conspiracy theory because I feel it daily.

  8. Whenever I hear gloomy prognostications about over-population, I recall the example of Hong Kong.
    One remembers the concern in the 1950s, when Hong Kong was flooded by refugees from the mainland. A local UN official declared that it could only survive through massive Western aid and the resettlement of refugees elsewhere. An American newspaper proclaimed Hong Kong a dying city, and the British grimly entitled the lead chapter in their annual Hong Kong yearbook, “A Problem of People.”
    Att he endof British rule in 1997, the population stood at seven million people — more than five times the number the government declared to be Hong Kong’s optimum “carrying capacity” back in 1954 andwas oneof the most vibrant economies in Asia.

  9. Whenever I hear gloomy prognostications about over-population, I recall the example of Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong was able to harness and generate tremendous amounts of human capital and rely on imports for food and raw materials. That shows it’s possible, not a generally applicable situation.

    To the extent there’s a demographic problem of the Ehrlichian sort, it’s found in Tropical and Southern Africa and in a scatter of very poor countries elsewhere, e.g. Afghanistan. The rest of the world is near or below the replacement rate.

  10. Emphasis on human capital. Gaza I don’t think is ever going to be on track to be the Hong Kong of the Near East. About 50% of the local income flow is from UNRWA doles. Trouble is, the most obvious destination for the people who live there would be Syria.

  11. You can get the same result as a conspiracy by just having folks make the same assumptions– Malthus has a lot to answer for. If it’s not that “everyone” is over-populated, then it’s the “wrong” folks are breeding.

    I don’t know if the folks pushing that junk are thinking “we’ll get everyone to do this, and it will cause a catastrophe, and then we’ll get our way,” but I do notice that most of the catastrophes are pretty freaking obvious results of the policies pushed, either directly or when people don’t do exactly what they’re “supposed” to do but wouldn’t freely choose.

    I haven’t gotten into enough Marxism to pontificate on it, but folks who have say that a lot of the stupid stuff is based off of that philosophy.

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