Vatican Conference to Again Feature Abortion, Population Control Advocates

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by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 27, 2017   

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ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Pontifical Academy of Sciences is again throwing open its doors to abortion and population control activists.

From November 2–4, the Vatican's scientific academy will host a conference on the environment that will feature, among others, far-left governor of California Jerry Brown, who promotes abortion and gay "marriage."


Titled "Health of People, Health of Planet and our Responsibility: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health," the forum will feature a host of academic and political leaders who work openly against Church teaching on life:

  • Sir Partha Dasgupta — patron of population reduction advocacy group, Population Matters
  • United States Congressman Kevin de Leon (D-CA) — awarded a 100 percent pro-abortion rating by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and the California Abortion and Reproductive Rights League
  • United States Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) — awarded a 100 percent pro-abortion rating by Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Supports taxpayer-funded abortion and forcing churches to pay for contraception and abortion for staff
  • Peter Raven — evolutionary biologist and population reduction advocate — distorter of Catholic teaching, asserting post-Vatican II Church supports limiting population growth
  • Jeffrey Sachs — Columbia University economist and Earth Institute director —proponent of the global legalization of abortion, arguing killing in the womb is the most efficient means of reducing population and open opponent of the Republican-crafted Mexico City Policy, barring U.S. funding of groups performing or promoting abortion overseas
  • John Schellnhuber — leading climatologist and global warming activist — proponent of global governance through the U.N. framework, calling for an "Earth Constitution," a "Global Council" and a "Planetary Court," as well as on record as saying that if necessary, world leaders must proceed "with coercion" to overcome resistance to globalist ideals

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown will deliver the keynote address. A former Jesuit seminarian, Brown has presided over the enshrinement of California's leftward drift

During his time in office, Brown has overseen the legalization of physician-assisted suicide; the decriminalization of underage prostitution; the criminalization of "misgendering;" and the banning of reparative therapy for minors.

Brown is also a strident supporter of contraception and abortion, describing himself as "an uncompromising champion of a woman's right to choose." He backs federal funding for Planned Parenthood and has criminalized distribution of undercover video recordings of abortion mill staff, like those of David Daleiden's Center for Medical Progress.

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Archbishop Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

The obvious leftward philosophical and political tilt of the November conference reflects the worldview of its architect, Pontifical Academy of Sciences chancellor, Abp. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo of Argentina.

According to the Vatican, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences "seeks to pay honour to pure science, wherever it is found, to assure its freedom and to promote its research."

But during his time at the academy helm, Sorondo has steered it decidedly to the Left and drawn fire for allowing political and philosophical propaganda to masquerade as science.   

In 2015, he was widely criticized for providing a platform for U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon, a sponsor of Jeffrey Sachs' pro-abortion work.  

Ban Ki-moon, writes Stefano Gennarini, director of legal studies at the Center for Family and Human Rights, "has gone where no U.N. secretary has gone before." In 2014, he openly directed U.N. officials in war-torn regions "to promote legal abortion, when countries are most vulnerable and reliant on the support of the United Nations to rebuild their institutions and legal systems."

"While the U.N. bureaucracy has always been pro-abortion and actively so," Gennarini notes, "their actions were never under the cover of an unambiguous directive of the top U.N. bureaucrat himself."

When called to account for causing scandal among faithful Catholics, Sorondo shirked his responsibility, arguing, "I am only the chancellor."

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Stephen Wynne

Stephen Wynne is a staff writer for Church Militant.