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VATICAN CITY, July 16, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Science and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, spoke at a press conference Wednesday morning pushing, among other things, redistribution of weath.
Discussing a joint symposium July 22 with the United Nations' initiative the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (headed by abortion and population control advocate Jeffrey Sachs), Sorondo justified the Vatican's collaboration with the UN, claiming, "The United Nations is not the devil."
The symposium will include around 60 mayors from around the world, consisting entirely of the political left. This fact was not lost on at least one journalist, who asked Sorondo whether the "exclusive presence of mayors of the left of center is not a sign of partiality." Sorondo responded, "The invitation is open to everyone."
This marks the second event organized by the pontifical academy that involves major UN representatives. The first was the Vatican summit on global warming, held in April, which also included Jeffrey Sachs as keynote speaker along with UN general secretary Ban Ki-Moon, another well-known proponent of abortion and population control, who gave the opening speech. The academy came under heavy criticism from Catholic media for the prominent role these abortion advocates played at the climate change conference. Both men were invited by Sorondo.
Sorondo was also responsible for systematically removing or preventing climate change skeptics from attendance at the global warming summit. Philippe de Larminat, a scientist from Nantes, France, registered for the conference and bought a plane flight to Rome, after assurance by Cardinal Peter Turkson that he was welcome. But five days before the event he was told there was no room for him.
It turned out that Sorondo was the one who vetoed de Larminat's presence. When asked why, he wrote, "because he's not an academic authority in this field, neither a religious authority nor a UN authority."
But other climate change skeptics also met the same fate, screened out and prevented from attending the conference. "They didn't want to hear any other opinion," de Larminat said.
Lord Christopher Monckton, a British journalist and former policy advisor to Margaret Thatcher, was the only skeptic to make it through — but only based on his press credentials as a journalist. Once Sorondo discovered Monckton's position against anthropogenic climate change, he promptly had him removed.
In light of April's global warming summit, at least one Catholic journalist has called out Sorondo for failing to take a clear stand against abortion. Stefano Gennarini, of the Catholic Center for Family and Human Rights, questioned Sorondo over the controversial guest speakers as well as the academy's promotion of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) — particularly language advocating "reproductive rights," which is well-known code word for contraception and abortion.
But Sorondo brushed aside concerns and deflected criticism by indicting conservative groups for an alleged profit-driven agenda. "The Tea Party and all those whose income derives from oil have criticized us, but not my superiors, who instead authorized me, and several of them participated."
Sorondo went on to claim the SDG's terms "sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights" don't necessarily mean abortion — contradicting the position of the Vatican itself, which has interpreted these phrases to mean just that.
"He is the first Vatican official who interfaces with the United Nations to openly defy the position the Holy See has held on these terms for over thirty years because of their association with abortion," Gennarini wrote.
Monckton has accused Sorondo of being "an out and out marxist." He claims to have been present at a meeting with Sorondo several years ago during which the prelate claimed "he didn't care what the science said" on climate change — it would serve as a useful tool for bringing about a new world order.
Sorondo's press conference remarks Wednesday morning did little to allay fears. After discussing what he deems the factual certitude of man-made climate change, he claimed the poor are the hardest hit, and thus nations are obligated to end both human-induced climate change as well as poverty. This can be achieved through, in his words, "redistribution of public spending" as well as government monitoring of carbon emissions.
Journalists have noted the Argentine bishop is a dominating figure in the Pope's close circle of advisors, and exercises a heavy influence over Vatican affairs. Sorondo is widely acknowledged as the guiding hand behind Laudato Sí, the Pope's encyclical on climate change — notable for its scant mention of Church doctrine in favor of a lengthy exposition on environmentalist concerns.
Sorondo is also speculated to be the main force behind the choice of Hans Joachim Schellnhuber — an atheist population control advocate — to author the encyclical's portions on climate change. Schellnhuber was among four speakers present for the roll-out of the encyclical in Rome, and was shortly afterwards inducted into the privileged circle of members of the Pontifical Academy of Science, of which Sorondo is chancellor.