Church Watch: Bio-Extinction and Population Control

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I ran across an article from Catholic World Report (see here) on bio-extinction and population control.  Don’t worry–it wasn’t favorable, in fact I’ll quote:

The Church has always emphasized the autonomy of spouses in all matters pertaining to procreation vis-a-vis the state. The magisterium has never sanctioned governments orienting or directing procreative decisions that are exclusively reserved to spouses.

Concern over the direction of the Magisterium in this area cannot be ruled out as speculative. Recent events at the Pontifical Academies for Science (PAS) and the Social Sciences (PASS) have created ambiguity in this area, and Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the academies, voiced these very views in a letter published by First Things.

“You will be aware that there are methods of regulating births and of population control that are approved by the Church,” Archbishop Sanchez Sorondo wrote in reply to my criticism when Jeffrey Sachs was honored by the Vatican academies two years ago. Sachs is a Columbia University economist who has spearheaded a neo-Malthusian revival in academia and at the United Nations, warning of humanity “trespassing planetary boundaries,” and writing that abortion is a low-cost solution to the problem of unwanted children.

More recently, in February the academies welcomed Paul Ehrlich alongside other renowned population control theorists for a conference on biological extinction. Ehrlich predicted the starvation of millions people because of over-population and resource scarcity in his famous 1969 book The Population Bomb. Though his predictions were wrong, he became a celebrity and helped trigger a wave of population control policies around the world, including forced abortion, forced sterilization, and coercive family planning.

The scandal of a pontifical body giving a moral imprimatur of sorts to Ehrlich has been addressed amply. The quality of the science on which the Vatican academies are relying has also been questioned. Very little has been said about the views on the Church’s teaching on the transmission of life that surfaced from the conference.

The possibility that the Church hierarchy urge limited family size is frightening, indeed.   Where is that adherence to scripture?

“Be fruitful and multiply.”–Genesis 1:28


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  1. One can no longer trust the administration of Church doctrine as long as Pope Francis is in charge. We must adhere to historic Church teaching regardless of Pope Francis.

  2. Overtime -the collapse of teaching vocations, rising costs and the avid marketing of upper middle class with no more than 1 or 2 children, have made most catholic high schools a center of contraceptive mentality.

  3. The changing global religious landscape via pew research;

    Muslims lead in births. 2.9 v. 2.6 for Christian mothers, of course once the baby is an adult it doesn’t necessarily mean it will remain in their parents religion.

    I found these numbers interesting because of the European trend and the “islamophobia” that is supposedly sweeping our country.

    Our small parish community in Northern Michigan is filled with families that have five plus children. What a blessing.
    I don’t foresee a mosque going in down the road any time soon, but if one does our children will be prepared to give great reasons for their Joy. We don’t fear Muslims, but the threat of radical Islam and their “actions of love” (enter sarcasm) is a reality.

    If the leading proponents of abortion find themselves in nursing homes one day, and their two children have abandoned them, they shouldn’t be surprised if they find mandatory
    prayers to be said;
    Fajr (dawn)
    Zuhr (midday)
    Asr (afternoon)
    Maghrib (sunset)
    Isha (night)
    Eid prayers.
    Salatul Janazah.

    After all…..who will be elected to contrive and twist laws governing Religious Freedom?
    Sharia law proponents possibly?

    I’m not attempting to get the fear monger of the day award, but I am curious as to the relationship between open boarders in Europe- declining Christian faith- declining Christian births. Our leadership in the Holy Catholic Church is failing. Horribly failing!
    Bishop’s who remain silent when they should speak the truth, especially in grave matters like supporting lawmakers who are pro-death, they imo, are going to have to explain when they are judged. Over forty years of silence from most Bishops.

    USA, a Muslim nation in 2070?

    If so, you can look to a failing Catholic Church that helped to get it that way.

  4. Then God blessed them and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the cattle and all the animals that crawl on the earth.” God also said, “See I give you every seed plant on the earth and every tree which has seed-bearing fruits to be your food. To every wild animal of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to every creature that crawls on the earth and has the breath of life, I give the green plants for food.” Gen. 1:28-30
    Starting with line 30: Natural law says that any animal that kills or injures or eats man must be put to death for they have transgressed the law of God.
    Line 28: “Be fruitful and multiply: fill the earth and subdue it”
    The plan of the population control experts is to subdue the earth for themselves. Law of the Sea Treaty or LOST was proposed that the United Nations would take control of the seas and all mineral rights under the sea; tax sailing vessels as though the common man owed the UN tribute for existing and as though God had not created the sea and given the seas over to all men. What power can assume the seas and what power can give over the seas?
    “Have dominion over the fish, the birds, the cattle and all the animals and every seed bearing plant to be your food” Again, what power can assume all creatures and what power can give over all creatures and to whom?
    The power that can murder all innocent voices in dissent.
    Altruism does not exist in the absence of virtue. Veiled as virtue, greed, lust, avarice, envy, gluttony, sloth and the pride of being a god does not come close to being Truth, for Death is the great protagonist of such nonsense.
    Power over death was accomplished by Jesus Christ.
    The souls of all the aborted people, the never procreated people and all of the murdered people are waiting for an answer from the population control experts.
    All Justice will be exonerated in the final Judgement.

  5. One can no longer trust the administration of Church doctrine as long as Pope Francis is in charge.

    Sadly, that isn’t something new– in my childhood home parish, when we actually had a priest, the only time they got booted out was if they were too good (new priests were sent there– which is actually sensible, what with like 20 hours of driving a week, often in snow) or if they said something against divorce or contraception.
    Muslims lead in births. 2.9 v. 2.6 for Christian mothers, of course once the baby is an adult it doesn’t necessarily mean it will remain in their parents religion.

    Remember these stats depend on interviews– and if you as a traditional Muslim guy, in public, how many kids he has… it is an extreme dishonor to say “Oh, we don’t have any kids.”
    That would mean he’s not a man.

  6. THE CREATION AND PROCREATION OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION was accomplished by God in that Jesus requested to be among the sons of men. Jesus Christ needed a mother. In other words, the Son of God requested his mother’s procreation. The infinite Son of God requested Mary’s procreation. All other persons must be procreated at the request of their parents.
    Requesting procreation of God for the next generation and all future generations, our Posterity is the work of God.
    God awaits the consent of man for procreation.

  7. Well, certainly there was no “imprimatur” to Ehrlich theories, just as the membership of atheistic scientists in the Pontifical Academy of Sciences is not an “imprimatur” to atheism.
    Of course, no catholic teaching was changed by Francis. I have no concern regarding “the possibility that the Church hierarchy urge limited family size”. The Pope says: “”…demographic growth is fully compatible with an integral and shared development”. To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues.” (Laudato Si n. 50).

  8. Jorge, I have written two blog posts on “Laudato Si”… one praising His Holiness’s stance against consumerism–see
    The other criticizing his making an incorrect judgment on the validity of anthropic global warming and the use of supranational organizations to control economics. See
    His choice of advisors does not speak well of his knowledge of science and his adherence to what most of us recognize as Catholic teaching.

  9. Dear Bob: I do not share the doubts about the adherence of Francis to Catholic teaching, but a comment is not a place to develope such a subject.
    As a catholic working myself in the science-technology sector, I would like to remark that the Pope is just relying in the (important) scientific assessment he enjoys, mainly from pontifical academies. Many scholars (including so called “deniers”) were included in the research made at the Holy See, and the view of the majority was accepted.
    The Pope stresses: “There are certain environmental issues where it is not easy to achieve a broad consensus. Here I would state once more that the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics. But I am concerned to encourage an honest and open debate so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good.” (Laudato Si, n. 188).
    The weight of the Pope statements is not his own; it is the weight of the assessment of the international scientific agencies. The Church does not claim to have scientific authority.

  10. Jorge, as I pointed out in my blog post, it is not appropriate for the Church to make judgments on science, but only faith and morals. Otherwise they wind up making the same error as was done with Galileo. Indeed, Pius XII was dissuaded by Abbe LeMaitre from proposing the Big Bang Theory as part of dogma, confirming Catholic teaching about Creatio Nihilo. Whatever the Pontifical Academies have said about AGW, theirs is not a definitive authority. Pope St. John Paul II would never have made such errors. And as far as “international scientific agencies” having made judgments on AGW, that by no means settles the issue. There are many respected scientists who dispute such politically motivated judgments. And with respect to inviting debate, a noted AGW skeptic was denied participation in the conference called by Pope Francis–so much for actions versus words.

  11. What does Pope Francis think about the new planet hurtling through out solar system? How long does the Pontifical Academy of Sciences group think we have before the planet strikes us?

  12. Thank you Bob, I put it in God’s hands. I was wondering about it and the answer came. “Pulled by the Sun’s gravity, the object made a hairpin turn under our solar system, passing under Earth’s orbit on Oct. 14 at a distance of about 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) — about 60 times the distance to the Moon.” I am gratified by the use of our tax dollars for this one.

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