Pope’s climate encyclical ‘made possible’ passage of pro-abortion SDGs: UN leader

Pope’s climate encyclical ‘made possible’ passage of pro-abortion SDGs: UN leader

Lianne Laurence

VATICAN CITY, July 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican’s support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a June pontifical conference on human trafficking that featured an address by abortion and population control advocate Jeffrey Sachs.

“We can also count an important and decisive collaboration with the United Nations,” the Holy Father told the Judges Summit Against Human Trafficking and Organized Crime, organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Added the pope: “I am grateful for the fact that the representatives of the 193 UN member states unanimously approved the new Sustainable Development Goals.”

In his turn, Sachs, a Harvard-educated economist, bestselling author, previous director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and high-level UN consultant who is currently Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on SDGs, praised Laudato si’.

The pope’s encyclical on the environment “in very important ways,” said Sachs, “made possible” not only the acceptance of the SDGs in September 2015, but the December 2015 Paris climate agreement which “established a framework to implementing a path to climate safety.”

But the pro-family and pro-life groups which lobby the UN have long warned that the UN’s SDGs provide cover for a population control agenda that seeks to enshrine a global “right” to abortion and contraception under the guise of reducing poverty and protecting the environment.

Target 3.7 of the SDGs explicitly calls for “universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services.” The UN defined these terms at the 1994 Cairo conference to mean providing women with “modern contraception” for “family planning” and with “safe abortion” where it is legal.

Last September, Holy See representative Archbishop Bernardito Auza had made formal “reservations” clarifying that the Holy See interprets these terms only in a way that accords with the Church’s teachings. However, pro-family groups were surprised when the Vatican subsequently called for and welcomed the passage of the SDGs, without reservation.

Pro-family activists had also raised alarm when the Vatican invited Sachs — who indefatigably promotes population control with abortion as its cornerstone as essential to sustainable development — to co-host an April 2015 conference on climate change in the lead-up to the release of Laudato si’.

Among those objecting to the conference were UK-based Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), Voice of the Family, and New York- and Washington-based Centre for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam).

But despite these protests, Sachs was conspicuously present at the June event, as The Remnant’s Elizabeth Yore noted. In an analysis of Sach’s influence at the Holy See, she asserts that the economist’s address to the summit was the latest of “over nine appearances and speeches at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy in the last three years.”

Sánchez Sorondo considered Sach’s link to Vatican

Seated between Sachs and the Holy Father was Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the Argentine bishop who is chancellor of both the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Sánchez Sorondo is regarded as Sach’s connection to the Vatican, according to C-Fam’s Stefano Gennarini, who in a May 2015 report noted that the prelate sits on Leadership Council of Sach’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Sánchez Sorondo dismissed concerns about the UN’s population agenda last July, telling reporters that the “Holy See does not see the United Nations as the devil as certain right-wing thinkers do.”

And in a notable response to Gennarini, Sánchez Sorondo stated that the SDGs “do not even mention abortion or population control” while at the same time conceding they “speak of access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.” But, he added, “the interpretation and application of these depends on governments.”

In defending his contentious climate conference, Sánchez Sorondo stated that far from criticizing him, his “superiors” had “authorized me, and several of them participated.”

At this June’s summit, Pope Francis praised the chancellor’s efforts and noted that a “number of prestigious external collaborators – to whom I offer my heartfelt thanks – have engaged in important activities in defence of human dignity and freedom in our day.”

Sachs took the opportunity to laud Laudato si’ as “a remarkable eye-opening to the world” that “called for an integral human and sustainable development. It called for what Pope Francis called a ‘common plan for our common home’.”

He stated that “if we can remember the least among us, we not only dignify each individual but we protect all of humanity.”

However, Sachs’ published works, and arguably, his entire career trajectory and ambitions, demonstrate that for him, the “least among us” does not include the child in the womb, and that his preferred method to eliminate poverty is to eliminate people who are poor through abortion and contraception.

Sachs on the record

Indeed, Gennarini describes Sachs as “the heir-apparent of the discredited population alarmists of the twentieth century who warned against the ‘population bomb’ and developed the concept of the Earth’s limited ‘caring capacity’.”

In his 2008 book Commonwealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, Sachs argues for legalized abortion as a cost-effective means to “eliminate unwanted children” when contraception fails. He also “praises the widespread adoption of family planning programs in the 60s and 70s, even though they are widely recognized as having been coercive and dehumanizing,” writes Gennarini.

Sachs regards abortion as a “lower-risk and lower-cost option” than having a child, and asserts that “high fertility rates are deleterious to economic development,” and that “legalization of abortion reduces a country’s total fertility rate significantly, by as much as half a child on average.”

As main architect of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, Sachs was part of the successful push to re-insert the phrases “sexual and reproductive health” and “reproductive rights” in the MDG’s implementation strategy, despite these having been initially omitted and despite protests by the United States and the Holy See at the time, noted Gennarini.

Sachs: “Amazing things happen” at the Holy See

SPUC’s Patrick Buckley echoed the fears of pro-life advocates when, on behalf of Voice of the Family, he protested the Vatican-Sachs-Ki Moon collaboration for the April 2015 climate conference.

“Unfortunately, pro-life and pro-family advocates who lobby at the UN have witnessed the environmental issues become an umbrella to cover a wide spectrum of attacks on human life and the family,” stated Buckley.

The UN SDGs “include strong attacks on life and family” and “will determine the direction and financial aid for the third world countries for the next 15 years,” he warned.

Added Buckley: “Understandably the population control, pro-abortion lobby must be feeling very much empowered by the influence being exercised in the Vatican by two of the culture of death’s leading figures, Ban Ki Moon and Professor Jeffrey Sachs.”

Perhaps that’s why, when addressing the June summit at the Holy See, Sachs seemed almost giddy with enthusiasm.

“For me, this is one of the most remarkable rooms in the whole world,” he effused. “I can only share my sense that when we get together amazing things happen … It’s always a thrill to be here.”

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4 comments on “Pope’s climate encyclical ‘made possible’ passage of pro-abortion SDGs: UN leader

  1. [On a lighter note but related to Laudato Si: Echoing the passage on air conditioning in FrankenPope’s encyclical:]

    A simple example [of harmful habits of consumption] is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning [“instrumentorum aëri temperando” in Latin]. The markets, which immediately benefit from sales, stimulate ever greater demand. An outsider looking at our world would be amazed at such behaviour, which at times appears self-destructive (No. 55).

    [… our illustrious Secretary of State says:]

    Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as the Islamic State


    Stop laughing. Kerry is right. Watch for the next mass shooting by your air conditioner. Remember all those manifestos your air conditioner issued, vowing the imminent destruction of the U.S.

    Kerry: Air Conditioners as Big a Threat as ISIS,” by Alyssa Canobbio, Washington Free Beacon, July 22, 2016:

    Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.

    The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers.

    “As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”

    Kerry said that most of the substances banned in the Montreal Protocol have increased the use of HFCs and claimed that the coolant was thousands of times more potent than CO2. He added that the increase of HFCs has lead to the trend of global climate change.

    “The use of hydrofluorocarbons is unfortunately growing,” Kerry said. “Already, the HFCs use in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items are emitting an entire gigaton of carbon dioxide-equivalent pollution into the atmosphere annually. Now, if that sounds like a lot, my friends, it’s because it is. It’s the equivalent to emissions from nearly 300 coal-fired power plants every single year.”…

  2. Quote: “And in a notable response to Gennarini, Sánchez Sorondo stated that the SDGs “do not even mention abortion or population control” while at the same time conceding they “speak of access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.” But, he added, “the interpretation and application of these depends on governments.”

    A South American progressive modernist who likes to play stupid on this issue. Who does he think he’s fooling? This is shameless enabling of the Malthusian population control movement and the anti-Christian secret societies running the UN’s pro-abortion population control agenda by a decadent, apostate modernist clergyman who should be defrocked. That Bergoglio listens to such a modernist heretic tells you all you need to know about this heretical pontificate which continues to bring shame and scandal upon the Catholic Church.

  3. Malthusian Illuminati population control freaks pushing apocalyptic climate change hysteria and the UN’s population control agenda “speak of access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights” so it’s OK for repulsive South American progressive modernist bishops to host them at the Vatican while they speak in that Malthusian code. Elsewhere Malthusian Illuminati population control freaks do speak of abortion and they do put sterilants in Tetanus and Gardasil vaccines causing spontaneous miscarriages, but the repulsive, disgusting, appalling South American progressive modernist bishop pretends not to know about this.

    “Would you be interested in some resort property in the Florida Everglades? There’s some great snipe hunting in the area for adventurous outdoorsmen, so make sure to bring your snipe sacks….”

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