Mark Lambert takes a look at Francis's appointment of a prominent 'population control' (read 'abortion') advocate to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
By Mark Lambert
For those of us monitoring the degradation of the Pontifical Academy for Life during this pontificate, this seems perfectly consistent.
In February, CNA asked Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences -- you remember him? The guy who said “Those who best realize the social doctrine of the Church at this time are the Chinese.” see here -- why the academy had featured Sachs with such frequency at Vatican conferences.
"Because he integrates the magisterium of the Church and of Pope Francis into economics by putting the human person and the common good at the center," the bishop said.
Sachs has written that one "key to sustainable development" is the "stabilization of the global population" through "the reduction of fertility rates."
"The reduction of fertility rates should be encouraged in the poorer countries as well. Rapid and wholly voluntary reductions of fertility have been and can be achieved in poor countries. Success at reducing high fertility rates depends on keeping girls in school, ensuring that children survive, and providing access to modern family planning and contraceptives," he wrote in a CNN op-ed in 2011.
When asked about this statement by Sachs and the concerns raised by some Catholics, Sorondo responded that Sachs said this in 2011.
"Now he has changed," the Argentine bishop commented.
To be honest, it would be more of a shock if the Pope appointed someone who is actually an advocate of Catholic teaching to a position these days. This is typical of his approach.
For example, with population control, he demonstrates a pathological determination to avoid addressing Sach's big strategy in Laudato sii, as I explained in more detail in this post, but then promotes Sachs with his other hand.
He then meets the President of Ireland, a man who recently signed the abortion bill into law in Ireland, and says: “Today I did not just meet a man, a President, I met a wise man of today. I thank God that Ireland has such a wise man as its head [of State].”
This leaves those who want to be loyal to the Papacy in a really awkward position, as is very clearly demonstrated by this interview with Archbishop Cordileone who has been put in an almost impossible position by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis maintains the façade of faith while perverting the contents. He’s been “incremental” and a lot of folks are frogs wondering why the water is getting so warm.
At what point does this become untenable? The word in Rome is that Pope Francis has become irrelevant and is no longer listened to. But is this good enough when he is actively damaging the faith in such a serious way?