BREAKING: Schellnhuber Appointed to Pontifical Academy of Science

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by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  •  June 17, 2015   

VATICAN CITY, June 17, 2015 ( - A pontifical act published on the Holy See Press Office website today announced the appointment of Hans Joachim Schellnhuber to an academy under the direction of the Holy See:

The Holy Father has appointed Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Potsdam and director of the Institute for Climate Impact in Potsdam, Federal Republic of Germany, as ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences [sic].

Schellnhuber was chosen to be one among four speakers to talk at the roll-out of the Pope's global warming encyclical Thursday, and is said to have helped draft the encyclical. 

He's a controversial appointee because, in addition to being a radical promoter of the theory of man-made climate change, he is an atheist and an advocate of population control. He once said the carrying capacity of the earth is less than one billion; considering the earth currently holds more than seven billion people, this would mean he favors the reduction of the vast majority of mankind.

He has made calls for an "Earth Constitution that would transcend the UN Charter" and a "Global Council" comprised of members elected by everyone on earth. He has also suggested creation of a "Planetary Court ... a transnational legal body open to appeals from everybody, especially with respect to violations of the Earth Constitution."

The Pontifical Academy of Science was established in 1603, and consists of 80 academicians chosen among the world's leading scientists and appointed by the Pope. The mission of the Academy is "to pay honor to pure science, wherever it is found, to assure its freedom and to promote its research."

The Academy organized the global warming summit at the Vatican in April, which invited two United Nations leaders to address the conference: Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Harvard economist Jeffrey Sachs, UN Special Advisor on Millennium Development Goals. Both men have promoted population control via greater access to contraception and abortion.

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