By Thomas Dahlheimer | 16 April 2012
Uncontrolled population growth is a primary cause of the worst problems that face the world today, including the degradation of the environment, destruction of natural habitat and the consequential loss of countless species, widespread unemployment, poverty, malnutrition and starvation, and social unrest resulting in national and international conflict. Within the last 27 years the world’s population has expanded from three and one half billion to nearly seven billion.
A comprehensive U.S. study on population growth [NSSM 200] concluded in its report that: overpopulation threatens American security and the security of all nations.
During the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994, Dr. Stephen D. Mumford, a leading writer on population issues, discussed the pivotal role of the Catholic Church hierarchy in thwarting efforts to alleviate the world population crisis.
The Vatican is opposed to contraception and abortion and they help reduce population growth. The Vatican is the principle force in opposing population growth control. Because of its moral superiority mentality, based on the doctrine of “infallibility”, it believes that it has a right to meddle in all international population agencies and in the domestic affairs of all governments.
EWTN Global Catholic Network recently filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. Dan Burke, the Executive Director of the National Catholic Register, wrote: Never before has such a threat to our religious freedom presented itself. Michael Warsaw, president of EWTN said: “When the federal government uses its power to coerce an organization to act contrary to its deeply held values, it destroys the organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission” and “ultimately causes it to cease to exist”.
Civil law, which legalizes contraception and abortion, undermines papal authority. Because most Americans look to democratic process to determine morality, the authority of the pope is threatened by this process. The Church cannot coexist with such an arrangement, it currently threatens the very survival of the papacy as a world power and it is progressively diminishing its credibility to the degree that it will ultimately cause the Church to cease to exist.
President Nixon created the Commission on Population and the American Future. The Commission recommended that contraception and abortion would be made available to all who wanted them, at government expense, if necessary. Nixon was convinced that the Catholic bishops, who were hostile to the report, had the power to upset his bid for reelection. Hence, Nixon condemned its most important recommendations. Consequently, no comprehensive population policy for the United States was established.
In response to the Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade in 1973, which legalized abortion, the U.S. Catholic bishops adopted a plan to build a political machine to pass an anti-abortion human rights amendment to the Constitution. Not long after this development, they issued their Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities. The National Catholic Reporter referred to this Plan as the creation of a new political party, an American Catholic Party.
One of the more profound accomplishments of this Plan was the capture of the Republican Party by the Vatican. The GOP became the Vatican’s anti-abortion political party. An outgoing Republican National Committee Chairman, Richard Bond, told a committee that it was time for the Republican Party to abandon the papal position on abortion.
The claim that the Church is not active in politics and is not mixing religion and politics is dangerous to American democracy and population growth control. Because of their anti-abortion position, the Roman Catholic Church and the Republican Party are threatening American democracy and security as well as the security of all nations.
– What happened to American political will to deal with the overpopulation problem?
– Infallibility and the Population Problem
– NSSM 200, the Vatican, and the World Population Explosion
– The Vatican’s Role in the World Population Crisis: The Untold Story
Professor Milton Siegel, who for 24 years was the Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization, speaks to Dr. Stephen Mumford in 1992 to reveal that although there was a consensus that overpopulation was a grave public health threat and would be a major cause of preventable death not too far in the future, the Vatican successfully fought off the incorporation of family planning and birth control into official WHO policy. This video is available for public viewing for the first time. Read the full transcript of the interview here.
Population growth as an issue has been given short shrift for several decades. Robert Engelman, president of Worldwatch Institute, outlines the reasons in this clip from an interview filmed for the documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth. To order the film or find a screening near you, visit www.growthbusters.org.
Last Call: The Untold Reasons of the Global Crisis is a film that shows the urgency of the message of warning launched by the authors of the most controversial book of the past 40 years: The Limits to Growth.
Critical Mass is a feature documentary about the impact of human population growth and consumption on the planet and on our psychology.
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