Pope Francis opposes population control in speech praising UN climate agreement
ROME, Italy, October 18, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — On the eve of an international symposium on the threat of population control, Pope Francis denounced the artificial altering of the human population as a counterfeit answer for addressing hunger.
Speaking about possible options to deal with a rise in world hunger, the pope called the case for population control a “false solution,” the Catholic Herald reported.
Addressing the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday for U.N. World Food Day, Francis said the answer to a UN-reported global increase in hunger was not to reduce the world’s population but instead to better manage the Earth’s resources and prevent waste. He called for a new model of international cooperation that integrates love, fraternity, and solidarity into responding to the needs of the poorest.
The pope’s denunciation of population control came as the first of its kind online international population control conference was set to kick off, with a dozen experts poised to make presentations on the evils of population control and how some of its biggest proponents have gained access to the Vatican under the guise of poverty reduction and environmental protection.
The International Conference on Population Control opened Tuesday, running for three days through Thursday, October 19.
It was organized and is presented by the Lepanto Institute.
Symposium presenters are addressing population control basics, detailing various ways that population control is being pushed on developing countries via foreign aid programs, identifying major players behind the agenda and showing how some forces within the Catholic Church are cooperating with that agenda.
The problematic role that the U.S. government’s foreign aid programs play in population control efforts overseas — and the ways in which the U.S. bishops benefit from those aid programs — is one of the issues covered by the population control conference.
Another matter addressed by the conference is the bewildering nature of the inexplicably close relationship between population control dogmatists and the Vatican – ironically underscored by the pope’s condemnation of population control before the UN group on Monday.
In the same address where he was critical of population control, Pope Francis also gave the controversial Paris Climate Accord as an example of action that could be taken to fight so-called global warming based upon science.
Climate change — or global warming — remains the subject of contentious debate. Proponents allege consensus in the scientific community – even as some scientists dispute the theory – and with critics warning its real agenda advances abortion and population control and threatens the sovereignty of nations.
On Monday before the UN group, the pope also appeared to take a veiled shot at the U.S. and President Donald Trump, who announced in June that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement – by lamenting how “unfortunately some are distancing themselves from it.”
The Holy See, however, has clarified that it opposes any interpretation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — to “end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all” by 2030 — that could be used to support abortion, contraception, population control, or gender ideology.
The remaining live sessions of the International Conference on Population Control run from noon to 4 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday and Thursday.
Conference attendees will have the ability to submit questions to presenters.
Registration is free and available online, with continued access to the presentations available for a limited time after the close of the conference and unlimited access with a subscription.