United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Seeks Blessing from The World’s Most Secular Religious Leaders

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Seeks Blessing from The World’s Most Secular Religious Leaders

By Rebecca Oas, Ph.D | August 4, 2016

Ante Jackelén, Archbishop of Uppsala and Primate of Sweden of the Church of Sweden
[One of FrankenPope’s favorite bishopettes, with whom he will be ecumenizing this fall in Lund, Sweden, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation]

NEW YORK, August 4 (C-Fam) For many years UNFPA leadership has maintained that religion is one of the biggest barriers to people’s enjoyment of their “sexual rights.” The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has teamed up with the Church of Sweden to convince religious leaders to accept abortion, contraception, and the sexual autonomy of children.

A recent joint event in Sweden named “Women, Faith and Human Rights,” was ostensibly aimed at proving there is no incompatibility between faith and human rights. A closer look reveals deep fault lines between religion as practiced by most of the world’s believers and human rights as interpreted by UN agencies.

A report of the event was co-published with UNFPA by the Church of Sweden, a Lutheran denomination based in one of the least religious countries in the world, with less than a tenth of its members attending services once a month. The Church of Sweden, which performs same-sex marriages and supports legal abortion, published a position statement supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This term, supported by UNFPA, does not enjoy consensus at the UN due to concerns about its inclusion of abortion and homosexuality.

The vast majority of people in the world identify as religious, but in many developing countries, religious or faith-based organizations are the major providers of quality health care.

UNFPA frequently partners with religious leaders who support its aims—sometimes in opposition to the teaching of their own religion. In 2009, UNFPA prominently joined forces with the pro-abortion group Catholics for Choice, a dissenting splinter group that provides no health services, rather than one of the myriad Catholic organizations delivering medical care to the world’s poorest.

The UNFPA report was excerpted from a larger document with more detailed discussion of topics like abortion, absent from the shortened version.

Participants in the Swedish conference providing expertise on Catholic teachings included Scottish professor Julie Clague, who ended her critique of the Church with this call: “Strong advocacy is required to press for change.” Swedish Dominican sister Madeleine Fredell began by stating her conviction that she does not need to accept all Church teachings, and expressed disappointment that the then-ongoing Synod on the Family did not seem to be moving toward greater acceptance of homosexuality.

Evangelical Protestantism was barely mentioned in the report at all.

UNFPA suffered a major setback in 1994 when a coalition of religious leaders led by Pope John Paul II and traditional countries beat back an attempt to create a right to abortion at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo.

‘There are some voices who are actively challenging the UN rights agenda,” the new report says. “Among them are those who demand that the UN adopt the concept of the “natural family.” This puts UNFPA’s notion of the “UN rights agenda” at odds with multiple recent resolutions from the Human Rights Council supporting the traditional family.

The family is also described as the “natural and fundamental group unit of society” in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is the closest thing the UN’s human rights system has to a sacred text.

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2 comments on “United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Seeks Blessing from The World’s Most Secular Religious Leaders

  1. Robin: Gosh, Batman, less than a tenth of the members of the Church of Sweden attend services once a month and now they’re teaming up with the UN Population Fund.

    Batman: O tempora, o mores!

    Robin: Boy, that sounds familiar, Batman. But why the exclamation in Latin?

    Batman: Perhaps you are familiar with the First Oration against Catiline by Marcus Tullius Cicero? I suspect that your Latin teacher has called attention to the Oratio in Catilinam Prima in Senatu Habita on one or two occasions, Robin.

    Robin: I think so, Batman. I might be a little behind with Latin homework right now, since it’s still summer vacation.

    Batman: You can never spend enough time on Latin homework, old chum.
    Given the way things are going in the world right now with the collapse of civilization in Europe, it’s likely that this will come up again.

    Robin: I guess so, Batman.

    Batman: You better get out a pen and paper to write this down, Robin:

    Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? Quam diu etiam furor iste tuus nos eludet? Quem ad finem sese effrenata iactabit audacia?

    Robin: OK, hold on. How do you spell effrenata, Batman?

    Kato: I thought Batman had the Boy Wonder translating Aristotle’s De Sophisticis Elenchis so that he could keep up with the classification of logical fallacies that progressive modernists and secular liberals use in their emotivist rants.

    The Green Hornet: He was. Perhaps Robin will get extra credit for the Lain passages from Cicero.
    These Aristotelian topics have a tendency to pop up from time to time, Kato. We better get over to the library.

    Gomez Addams: Ancient classical texts of Greek and Roman writers!

    Gomez Addams: Isn’t that wonderful??? My Dear, we can stay up all night reviewing logical fallacies that apply to the decline of civilization in modernity and in ancient Greek!

    Batman: There are a few logical fallacies that we could review after the movie, if you think we have time for that, Catwoman.

    Professor Derrida: Here Batman is subverting the discourse…

    Chrissy OK, so what’s Aristotle’s De Sophisticis Elenchis about?

  2. Dr. Robert Hartley and Modernity

    Emily: What is Aristotle’s De Sophisticis Elenchis about, Bob?

    Bob: I’m too busy worrying about the Chicago Cubs’ Billy Goat curse right now, Emily.
    Mister Carlin brought it up during a session today and, well, I just can’t stop worrying about it, even though I should be more worried about that Erich Fromm paper at the conference this weekend….

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Klinger, have you ever read anything about Aristotle’s Law of Identity and the principle of non-contradiction?

    Klinger: I don’t think so, Father…

    For Mary Richards, a childless single career woman in 1970s Minneapolis, washing her Ford Mustang while wearing a Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings sweatshirt, as Glenn Frey and the Eagles crooned “Take It Easy” on her 8-track tape player with the mellow Quaalude fog of the self-absorbed Me Decade that would produce Disco, the Enneagram seminar, and the Jimmy Carter presidency, the decline of the study of Aristotelian logic, the Malthusian agenda of the UN Population Fund, and the neo-Gnostic immanentization of the eschaton were not an immediate focus of worry or concern….

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