Vatican Conference Criticized for Backing Abortion and Population Control Politics
NEW YORK, May 8 (C-Fam) A Vatican conference to promote Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the environment spotlighted abortion and population control proponents. At the same time critics warn that climate change alarmism ultimately harms the poor.
“The world’s poor desperately need abundant, affordable, reliable energy, and Sachs and Ban would deprive them of it,” said Calvin Beisner, referring to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, both of whom met with the Pope and his advisers this past week.
The presence of both men as guests of the Pope raised eyebrows. Ban Ki-moon has been a proponent of abortion at the UN, going so far as promoting it in conflict areas where abortion is illegal. Sachs is a proponent of population control and fought to get “reproductive health” — used to promote abortion — included in the Millennium Development Goals.
“Policies to fight alarmist global warming will condemn the world’s poor to more generations of misery and early death,” said Beisner.
Beisner was in Rome to provide an alternative view to those invited to the Vatican conference. The author of “Prospects for Growth: A Biblical View of Population, Resources, and the Future” delivered an Open Letter signed by nearly 150 scientists, religious and policy leaders.
Fossil fuels “generate energy to lift billions of God’s precious children out of poverty” and “liberate[s] from the tomb of the earth the carbon dioxide on which plants and therefore all the rest of life depend,” the letter states. “This beautifully reveals the Creator’s wisdom and care for all of His creation—people, animals, plants, and the earth itself.”
Scientists and religious leaders at the Vatican conference agreed to a Declaration that took an alarmist tone. One attendee writing in Slate called the event a “Sermon on the Mount moment.”
“Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity,” it states.
Ban Ki-moon plugged the Pope’s encyclical to be released in June. “It will convey to the world that protecting our environment is an urgent moral imperative and a sacred duty for all people of faith and people of conscience,” he said.
He urged religious leaders to do more to secure success for a highly anticipated UN conference on climate change this December – a process that has failed to reach agreement thus far.
“It is critically important that people and their leaders hear your strong moral voice in the coming months,” he said.
The Vatican declaration warns the UN conference “may be the last effective opportunity to negotiate arrangements that keep human-induced warming below 2 degrees C” and calls for a “rapid world transformation to a world powered by renewable and other low-carbon energy.”
At a press conference Ban Ki-moon called on countries to raise $100 billion per year to help developing countries transition to a green economy.
“We have only a handful of years before the window of opportunity closes forever,” he said.
Tom Harris of the International Climate Science Coalition said, “Pope Francis must have the courage to ignore the politically correct but irresponsible advice of his advisors and simply tell the truth.”
“Climate will continue to change no matter what we do. So let’s help the world’s poor to the degree we can afford by providing them with reliable, inexpensive electricity and stop pretending we have a crystal ball to future climate states.”