Vatican invites pro-abortion ‘Population Bomb’ author to speak at Biological Extinction conference

Vatican invites pro-abortion ‘Population Bomb’ author to speak at Biological Extinction conference

Pete Baklinski

VATICAN CITY, January 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican has invited the undisputed father of the modern population control movement to present a paper at an upcoming Vatican-run conference.

Dr. Paul 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.” The Stanford biologist has championed in his career sex-selective abortion as well as mass forced sterilization as legitimate methods to curb population growth.

Titled Biological Extinction, the conference will address what Vatican organizers call an unsustainable “imbalance” between the world’s population and what the earth is capable of producing. The event is jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Organizers of the Vatican-run conference predict that if effective steps are not taken to reverse so-called man-made “global climate change,” then up to 40 percent of “all biodiversity on Earth” will be destroyed “by the end of this century,” including a “majority” of species of plants.

“[T]here is no possibility of improving our situation without the widespread adoption of social justice, both as a matter of morality and as a matter of survival,” the event brochure put out by the Vatican states.

With the invitation of Ehrlich to address the conference, how the Pontifical Academies understand “social justice” takes on a sinister aspect.

In The Population Bomb, Ehrlich forecasted “an utter breakdown in the capacity of the planet to support humanity” that would result in starvation for hundreds of millions, predictions that have proved to be false while his theories have been debunked. The biologist predicted in 1968 that half of Americans would die by 1990. India and China would simply die out. By the year 2000, England would also cease to exist. Ehrlic mentioned in his book sex-selection abortion as a potentially effective tool for conserving the world’s resources by reducing population, a position he continues to defend.

In a 2011 interview with Mara Hvistendahl, Ehrlich defended sex-selection abortion and infanticide, stating that “it would be a good idea to let people have their choice so that they could have fewer children and could have what they wanted,” adding that a sex-selection abortion and even infanticide might be a better fate for females than what awaited them in an overpopulated world.

“You can be aborted as a conceptus, you can be killed at birth, or you can be sold into slavery and die in a slum someplace,” he said, adding. “It would be interesting to know how many females you’re keeping out of hideous situations [when they are not] killed or infanticided.”

In the same interview, Ehrlich also defended the principle behind mass forced sterilization, a concept mentioned in a 1977 book he co-authored titled Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, suggesting that mass sterilization working in tandem with sex-selection technology would be particularly effective for population control interests.

Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, criticized the Vatican’s choice of Ehrlich as a suitable speaker.

“Ehrlich’s opinions on biological extinction rates are just as exaggerated as his failed predictions of a human population explosion. Why the Vatican should be giving a platform to this secular prophet of doom is beyond me,” he told LifeSiteNews.

“There are plenty of credible Catholic scientists around whose fact-based opinions should be highlighted by their Church. What’s next? Inviting Raúl Castro to speak on human rights?” he added.

The Catholic Church not only condemns abortion but coercive population control methods as well.

Instead of seeing people as “mouths to feed,” “pollution producers,” or “carbon footprint makers,” the Church sees each person as a unique and unrepeatable gift from God. Created in the image and likeness of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, each person is filled with the greatest dignity as a son or daughter of God who is ultimately called to eternal beatitude in the Kingdom of God.

In his watershed 1968 Encyclical Humanae Vitae that taught about the moral evil of using contraception to space birth, Pope Paul VI warned rulers of countries against using illicit methods of birth control to solve the “demographic problem.”

“Do not allow the morality of your peoples to be degraded; do not permit that by legal means practices contrary to the natural and divine law be introduced into the fundamental cell, the family,” he urged at that time.

Paul VI warned the people of the world then that if contraception became a societal norm it would provide governments with a “dangerous weapon” to manipulate population sizes.

“Who will stop rulers from favoring, from even imposing upon their peoples, if they were to consider it necessary, the method of contraception which they judge to be most efficacious? In such a way men, wishing to avoid individual, family, or social difficulties encountered in the observance of the divine law, would reach the point of placing at the mercy of the intervention of public authorities the most personal and most reserved sector of conjugal intimacy,” he wrote.

Pope Francis has also explicitly rejected population control as a method to combat climate change, writing in his encyclical Laudato Si’ that to “blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some [for lack of resources] is one way of refusing to face the issues.”

Given the Church’s outright condemnation of abortion, contraception, and the use of coercive population control measures to curb demographics, it remains to be seen why the Pontifical Academies viewed the famed proponent of population control as a suitable speaker for their conference.

This is not the first time an advocate for positions contrary to the Catholic faith has been invited to attend Vatican conferences. The leaders of both Pontifical Academies have, under Francis’ pontificate, surprisingly given prominent platforms to some of the world’s foremost proponents of abortion and population control, including Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs.

In 2015, Professor Margaret Archer, president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, slammed an American pro-life organization after it raised concerns about abortion and population control proponents being given a platform at a Vatican conference on climate change. “I am appointed by the Pope and responsible directly to him. I’m afraid that leaves you and your cohort out in the cold,” she told the pro-life organization at that time.

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, also has a history of inviting abortion and population control proponents to Vatican events. He has been criticized by pro-life advocates for unreservedly endorsing the United Nations’ controversial Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which pro-lifers warn include a not-so-hidden abortion and population control agenda. Last year, Sorondo defended inviting then-Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, an abortion advocate, to address a “social order” conference.

Also attending the Vatican conference is African Cardinal Peter Turkson, who in a BBC interview in 2015 said “birth control” could “offer a solution” to the impacts of climate change. Turkson, who has since become the prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, later revised his statement, saying that when he used the term “birth control,” what he actually meant was spacing of births or “responsible parenthood.”

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8 comments on “Vatican invites pro-abortion ‘Population Bomb’ author to speak at Biological Extinction conference

  1. Many years ago, when I was not a Catholic and fairly left wing politically, there was an enormous amount of publicity about a certain Paul Ehrlich who told us the end of the world was fast coming because of overpopulation. If memory serves me correctly he in fact said the world would end by about the 1980’s.

    Can I ask why, as I gave up my childish Left wing political views and embraced the Faith, the Vatican would be now honoring one of the most anti Catholic and thoroughly discredited people around? His theories proved to 100% false, so why would Rome honor him?
    Are they completely stupid?

    • It’s prob’ly just a bargaining chip. I’m beginning to wonder whether, when the balloon goes up over AL, the Establishment running the Vatican isn’t already planning to turn the whole complex into a UN-managed “think tank” facility.

      They practically have, already. In global-speak, it’s called “sustainability.” In military-speak, it’s called CYA.

      • I have occasionally pondered the idea that the UNOcrats or the Eurocarts would like to turn the Vatican into a museum but that the militant Muzzies would walk over those squishy-soft liberals and instead turn it into a mosque and a madrasa as they did with the Orthodox cathedral Hagia Sophia after they conquered Constantinople in 1453. I never thought that the Vatican would “sell (or give) them the rope” to do it.

  2. This gets an Orwell Award.

  3. This also deserves an Illuminati Award for public, in-your-face chicanery and propaganda by anti-Catholic secret societies exploiting buggers and modernists acting as “useful idiots” for the population control conspiracy in the Vatican. We know who you are.

  4. from

    Like holy-father, like son. Francis is only continuing the terrible capitulations of fake saint John Paul II. Wojtyla coddled population controllers. The almost forgotten fact is that the Assisi interfaith scandal was arranged with Rome by Prince Philip, one-time head of the World Wildlife Fund and a notorious advocate of mass murder, and occurred on the anniversary of the founding of the WWF. Also, KW had many population-control advocates on his Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. He appointed three Rockefeller-funded eugenicists to it as well, including Joshua Lederberg, a long-time proponent of cloning embryos for spare parts. [National Catholic Register, December 1-7, 1996.]

    The Fourth Lateran Council taught, “We decree that those who give credence to the teachings of heretics, as well as those who receive, defend, or patronize them, are excommunicated.” While fodder for *bleeps*, it gives one pause just how far Rome has deviated from Tradition.

  5. There’s still time to book the Dead Kennedys to sing “Kill the Poor.”

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