As the keynote speaker at the final Pontifical environmental conference, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said climate change is the “defining issue of our times” and that it is “important faith groups are in harmony with this issue.” Moon said he was “very encouraged” that Pope Francis is “very committed” to the issue and he said the Holy Father had assured Ban that he would cooperate “with the U.N. and world leaders, scientists and faith leaders to have this realized for humanity.”
Why is the Vatican joining forces with the United Nations, whose mission is to reduce carbon emissions by reducing people through abortion, sterilization and other ‘reproductive measures?
Bad enough that the Vatican is welcoming the UN with open arms, but there is another disturbing ally in this troubling environmental triumvirate.
The red storm flag warnings were hoisted over St. Peter’s when the Obama Administration’s EPA Secretary, Gina McCarthy visited the Vatican to coordinate the Obama environmental agenda with the upcoming papal environment encyclical. Upon her arrival at the Vatican, McCarthy acknowledged that the Obama administration is “aligned with Francis on climate change.” That sentiment is profoundly disquieting to many Catholics who view the Obama administration as the most virulent anti-Catholic presidency, as Catholic organizations, businesses, and universities are forced to sue the administration for imposing radical anti-Catholic edicts under the HHS mandates.
Referring to the next U.N. Climate Change Conference, to be held in Paris December, 2015 McCarthy said: "Clearly, the pope wants actions and he wants real commitments and we do as well and we're providing them," she said. This curious environmental ‘alignment’ between the papacy and the Obama administration should awaken Catholics to the political agenda of the leftist environmental lobby, led by McCarthy and her environmental edicts. The thought that the Obama administration is providing shared solutions to the Vatican should send lightning bolts through faithful Catholics.
Shouldn’t the Vatican promote a Catholic agenda rather than a global political agenda driven by the UN and the Obama Administration?
Population Control Promoters
As a prelude to the release of the environmental encyclical, the final pontifical environmental conference was held on April 29, 2015. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon gave a keynote address and the UN Sustainable Development czar, Jeffrey Sachs, presented his sustainable development goals. Shockingly, Sachs is a frequent presenter and adviser at the pontifical academia, promoting the UN agenda of sustainable development goals as the solution for the world climate and poverty crisis. Jeffrey Sachs unequivocally states in his book, The End of Poverty,
Here is the demographic trap in vivid perspective: the poorest places, may with the greatest obstacles to modern economic growth, are also the places where families have the most number of children. High population growth leads to deeper poverty, and deeper poverty contributes to high fertility rates.
The experts relied upon by the Vatican to consult and advise on the environmental encyclical are long-time UN population control leaders and activists. Tim Wirth, former Clinton State Department population control chief who proudly displayed a tree made of condoms in his office, was among the Vatican’s invited guests.
Overpopulation has long been the environment’s enemy, according to the UN. Sachs, as Director of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Network spends his career sounding the alarm that the world is overpopulated, and fertility rates must be lowered. In fact, Sachs claims that “we are bursting at the seams.” The focus of Sachs’ overpopulation mantra is primarily the continent of Africa. He argues that if only poor African countries would just lower their fertility rate, the world and Africa would thrive economically.
And so, what does the Vatican’s expert propose for one of Africa’s largest Catholic countries? Jeffrey Sachs, the white man from the academic ivory tower elite advises, “I am really scared about population explosion in Nigeria. It is not healthy. Nigeria should work towards attaining a maximum of 3 children per family.”
One wonders what the Catholics—Bishops and Cardinals of Nigeria—think of Sachs’ 3 child policy.
The scare tactics of overpopulation, debunked by reality, morph into the strategy of catastrophic global warming, debunked by science, morph into climate change, debunked by science, morph into the new environmental religion of “sustainable development.”
Enter the moral leader of the world, Pope Francis, who aligns with the UN and Sachs to promote Sustainable Development goals.
This environmental partnership is so very troubling because forever embedded into the bureaucratic culture and sustainable development goals of the UN are the desired weapons of choice, reproductive rights and abortion on demand to reduce poverty and the environmental damage of overpopulation. In his 2015 newly published book (named, what else) Sustainable Development, Jeffrey Sachs, the pontifical advisor, describes the goal of sustainable development:
Reducing the fertility rates voluntarily while respecting human rights and family desires, is therefore essential to sustainable development and the end of poverty. The world’s governments have enshrined sexual and reproductive rights as core human rights for women, yet often these rights are not realized because countries are too poor to implement programs for safe pregnancy and family planning, or sometimes because governments do not implement the programs they have been committed to provide.
Under the rubric of Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations, in conjunction with the Obama Administration, has co-opted the Vatican to embrace a global environmental agenda which at its core promotes actions which are antithetical to Catholic moral teaching. The UN eagerly awaits the Papal Environmental Encyclical as its moral justification for imposing the Sustainable Development Goals on the world.
A word of caution to the Catholics: the code word, ‘choice’ transformed into ‘reproductive health’ which has now emerged into ‘sustainable development.’ Here is the incontrovertible moral dilemma for the Catholic Church, with Jeffrey Sachs advocating the reduction of the global population as central and critical to the success of Sustainable Development:
Population dynamics are very important for sustainable development. There is also good reason to believe that lower fertility rates would be the truly preferred choice of most households if they have affordable and convenient access to family planning.
When Jeffrey Sachs, the papal environmental advisor, was asked by a reporter about his radical 20-year history of supporting population control through abortion and other reproductive rights service, Sachs cleverly avoided the answer by stating, “It really isn’t the essential issue here; that’s a topic for a different day.”
He sounds like Nancy Pelosi, when she said, "we have to pass the Obamacare, so that you can find out what is in it.”
Correction, Professor Sachs, the dignity of each human life—born and unborn—is the essential issue in the Catholic Church. Your duplicitous and dismissive disdain for the protection of human life exposes the real agenda of UN Sustainable Development policies.
Sachs is coy about population control when he is at the Vatican, but boldly proclaims it in his many books and speeches. In order for sustainable development goals to succeed, the population must be reduced, by any and all means available. The encyclical will be silent on the hidden UN agenda. Make no mistake that the UN and Obama will use the encyclical to promote sustainable development goals.
It’s incomprehensible that the Vatican would be duped into thinking that the United Nations’ Sustainable Development goals share common solutions for the world’s environmental problems. The Catholic Church welcomes children as a gift from God. The UN Secretary General and Jeffrey Sachs want to limit children.
The “green” Pope should turn red in the face, not from the climate, but from his embarrassingly unholy alliance.
Elizabeth Yore is an international child rights lawyer and advocate. Elizabeth Yore is an Attorney and International Child Rights Advocate. She served as Special Counsel at Harpo, Inc. until 2012. In that position, she acted as Oprah Winfrey’s Child Advocate both with the Oprah Winfrey Show and in South Africa at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She receives no funding from anyone for her views in this article. She received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Loyola University Law School in Chicago.