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Pope Francis Calls for One-Child Policy Laws to be Introduced Globally

Vatican pushes for worldwide legislation to cull the population growth

By: Jay Greenberg  |@NeonNettle
 on 4th August 2017 @ 5.18pm
the pope wants to usher in new laws to limit families to one child © press
The Pope wants to usher in new laws to limit families to one child

The Pope has called for tough new laws to be introduced worldwide that will restrict families to just having one child in a bid to make the New World Order "more sustainable".

The plans for the draconian new laws were revealed by a panelist at a Vatican-run workshop on "how to save the natural world" in which the agenda for family limits was unveiled because "Pope Francis has urged us to have fewer children to make the world more sustainable."

Setting legal restriction on births is similar to China's one-child policy that ran from 1979 to 2015 and was designed to slow down the country's population growth.

The policy was fairly widely accepted within China but faced harsh criticism from other nations who felt it went against citizens human rights.

The laws were updated in 2016 to a two-child policy following pressure from human rights groups.

Through the 1980s, as the one-child policy came into force, parents who desired a son but had a daughter often failed to report or delayed reporting female births to the authorities.

Some parents may have offered up their daughters for formal or informal adoption.

According to a report by the National Population and Family Planning Commission, the one-child policy has resulted in a massively unbalanced ratio of men to women in China.

It's estimated that there will be 30 million more men than women in 2020, potentially leading to social instability and courtship-motivated emigration.

The Vatican seems undeterred by the results in China though as it hopes to push this new agenda.

Despite the Pope's want to reduce birth rates, the Catholic Church still remains defiant that the use of birth control is a "grave sin".

The Vatican believes that the introduction of new legal restrictions will force people to "show more restraint" when it comes to family planning.

This solution to securing the world’s sustainability was presented by botanist and environmentalist Peter Raven during a press conference that concluded the "Biological Extinction" workshop that took place at the Vatican.

Greg Burke, director of the Holy See Press Office, moderated a panel, which included Raven, President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS), Werner Arber, University of Cambridge Professor Emeritus of Economics Partha Dasgupta, and PAS Chancellor Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo.

"We do not endorse any of the artificial birth control [methods] that the Church does not endorse," said Raven.

LSN reports: The Church condemns every method of artificial birth control.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible is intrinsically evil" since it destroys the unitive and procreative integrity of the marital act.

The Church teaches that a married couple who wishes to postpone pregnancy for a "grave" reason may do so by not engaging in the marital act during the fertile period. 

According to Raven, the central element of the solution for "overpopulation" is that "we need a more limited number of people in the world."

In addition, "the problem is one of inequality," where the rich use more of the world’s resources than the poor.  

"In the framework of social justice worldwide we need to find ways for natural resources to be distributed on the basis of compassion and love. We hope for support in our ongoing support for our endeavor to develop sustainability," he said. 

All four on the panel concurred that the survival of the planet is tightly linked to the number of people on the planet.

The Biological Extinction workshop drew particular controversy because it featured a paper by notorious pro-abortion population control advocate Dr. Paul Ehrlich.

At the event, Ehrlich, and co-author Dasgupta said that the Catholic teaching of "responsible parenthood" in determining family size has "result[ed] in collective failure" in reducing the world’s population.

The authors suggested that one way to stop the exhaustion of "humanity’s natural capital" is by imposing a system of "taxes and regulations" that would help modify "social norms of behavior."

Before the conference, Ehrlich, who has defended forced abortion and mass forced sterilization as legitimate means to control the world’s population, advocated in an interview with The Guardian for cutting the world's population by 6 billion people to bring it down to 1 billion.

In the paper's words, he said doing so would have an "overall pro-life effect." 

The paper indicated he believed this could "sustain much more human lives in the long term compared with our current uncontrolled growth and the prospect of sudden collapse."

When the panelists at the Vatican press conference were asked if any scientists were invited to the conference who held an alternative view on the world’s population, Bishop Sorondo replied: 

"You can see the papers since everything was published on the website, the texts, and the discussions."

Sorondo said that while "there were different opinions on population" during the conference’s discussions, the participants reached two conclusions:

"That the carbonization (pollution) of the air is not caused by the number of human beings, but by the activity of humans who use the materials at hand"

"In order to have an integral environment, biodiversity must be conserved – [and] that also depends on human activity."

Dasgupta, Ehrlich's co-author, said during the panel that the number of humans on the planet is not sustainable. He added that humans must arrive at a point where their numbers are determined by how "the Earth can replenish herself."

When asked how many people would be ideal for the planet, Dasgupta answered:

"We should not calculate that. The number of humans depends on standards of living or quality of life. It depends on the total demand that we make on Mother Nature. If humans were not here there would be other factors."

While leaving the question essentially unanswered, Dasgupta presented the solution of "working backwards," stating that "we have to figure out the human impact on Mother Nature on an annual basis: If the impact grows, we will be concerned. If the impact is reduced, then mother nature will replenish."

He suggested that the "best step forward" to begin curbing "population growth" would be with a "focus on the family and education."

He did not clarify what such "education" might entail.

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