challenging religious privilege in public life

That the Vatican views the solutions to the population problem as threats to its authority, and thus its political power, is well supported.

The Vatican acts in part, often soundlessly and most effectively, through a relatively small number of Americans who give the Church their loyalty.

The proposed solutions to population growth threaten the continued existence of the church as it has evolved over the past 2000 years.

Non-Catholics are the most important to the Church for influencing policy. They allow the hierarchy to keep their hands perfectly clean.

Halting of population growth control is far more important to the Vatican than Spain ever was and control of the press is critical.

In spite of the purely religious image that it endeavors to put for­ward, the Vatican is deeply involved in international politics and finance.

The Vatican is not only a religious institution and a center of political power but also an economic institution with vast financial holdings.

The most important myth used by the Vatican to undermine concern about world population growth is the demographic transition theory.

The Vatican views the solutions to the population problem as threats to its authority over its communicants, and thus its political power.

Many Americans are victims of the illusion, carefully crafted, that the Catholic bishops have no significant influence on American presidents.