Your Catholic Week in Review (Jeffrey Sachs Edition!)

Your Catholic Week in Review (Jeffrey Sachs Edition!)

Michael Hichborn

Lepanto Institute


My apologies for not giving you our newsletter last week, as my travels had taken me to Rome for several meetings that will undoubtedly bear fruit in the months to come.

Yet while I was in Rome, the Pontifical Academy of Science (PAS) hosted yet another workshop stacked with pro-abortion population control enthusiasts.

The pontifical academy workshop was stacked with people such as California Governor Jerry Brown, who said during his 2010 campaign, “I have also been an uncompromising champion of a woman’s right to choose,” were given a platform to speak.  Brown was joined by Senator Kevin de Leon, who called Planned Parenthood, “the most trusted women’s health care provider in this country”; by Representative Scott Peters who co-sponsored several bills in the US House of Representatives that would expand access to abortion and contraception; and Lise Van Susteren, who admitted during her failed 2005 bid for congress that she holds “a special contempt” for politicians who have blocked the expansion of embryonic stem-cell research.

But one particularly heinous personality at this conference stood head and shoulders above the rest.

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, in a previous PAS-sponsored event, made it clear that he would like for nothing more than to funnel the full weight of the Catholic Church’s moral authority into the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

At this 2014 PAS conference, Sachs claimed:

“I personally believe that the social doctrines of the Church offer a global inspiration on these issues, across the major religions. I refer to Church social teachings that, in my mind, are fundamentally in line with Sustainable Development and the SDGs.”

Sachs is the special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations on the topic of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and his assiduous implementation of the population control agenda is both well documented and well known.  Again, Sachs’ words:

“The idea that we don’t even talk about family planning, contraception, helping to keep girls in school, to get the fertility rates down dramatically, is really one of the greatest failings of our time.”

Sachs delivered this gem during a presentation at the University of Syndey (Australia) back in 2008, while he was formulating implementation plans for the Millennium Development Goals.

The MDGs are the predecessors to the SDGs, and Sachs was the main architect of both.  Just to give you an idea of just what Sachs is thinking in terms of reducing fertility rates, it’s important to take note of a document that was published under his leadership at the Millennium Promise, an organization devoted to developing implementation plans for the MDGs.

The document bore the very telling title Access to Safe Abortion: An Essential Strategy to Obtaining The Millennium Development Goals To Improve Maternal Health, Promote Gender Equality, and Reduce Poverty.  Disgustingly, the front cover of the document shows a pregnant woman looking on as some other women receive their diplomas, and the words “Had I known, I would have waited to finish my education” surround the scene.

Sachs’ idea for reducing fertility rates adds up to fornication, contraception and plenty of abortion, abortion, abortion.

So it should come with some degree of shock that LifeSiteNews editor John-Henry Westen was accosted by Jeffrey Sachs for pointing out his extensive record of abortion advocacy this week while I was in Rome.

A collaborator with George Soros, Sachs is known around the world as a guru on climate change, sustainable development — and to pro-lifers — population control and abortion. It is this pro-life concern that was the source of his rage. He was railing against me because of an article I wrote the previous day in which the headline referred to him as a “pro-abortion globalist.”

I believe he would have been fine with a label of ‘pro-choice,’ but I didn’t get to ask him despite trying a couple of times to speak to him after the fireworks. He vehemently resents being called pro-abortion, he let me know in rather uncivil terms.

The entire article is worth reading, because it outlines the very orchestration of these Soros-linked organizations and personalities with the mass effort to rob the reputation of the Catholic Faith in the pursuit of — not a reduction of poverty in line with Catholic moral teaching — but the raw political agenda of the Soros-funded political left.

Sachs’ transition from champion of abortion to champion of sustainability is no transition at all.  The tiger has not changed his stripes; merely the location where he is peddling his wares.

When my friends ask me about my travels — whether to Europe or elsewhere — in one way or another the filthy purse string of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Millennial Development Goals seem to follow at just about every turn.  What do they mean for Catholics who believe in Pope Paul VI’s admonishments in Humanae Vitae?

A simple choice.  Either Humanae Vitae and the dignity of the human person, or Goal 3.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals:

“By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.”

…abortion, abortion, abortion.

More after the jump!

I wanted to mention briefly my latest article outlining the sacking of former USCCB Executive Director for the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices, Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy.

In a letter sent to Pope Francis this past July, Fr. Weinandy informed His Holiness that his “guidance at times seems intentionally ambiguous” and that he seems “to censor and even mock those who interpret Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia in accord with Church tradition as Pharisaic stone-throwers who embody a merciless rigorism.”

For this, Fr. Weinandy was punished by the USCCB with a speed that marveled even the most jaded and hardened observers.  Yet despite this, the USCCB employees who openly supported abortion monster Planned Parenthood via social media merely had to perform a little bit of digital scrubbing in order to keep their positions intact.

Once again, the message is clear.  Support Planned Parenthood?  Keep your position at the USCCB.  Stand firm for orthodoxy against the “face of mercy?”  Feel the back of the USCCB’s hand….

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