Robert Royal is in Rome to cover the Vatican Workshop on Biological Extinction, which is jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, and which features such participants as population-control guru Paul Ehrlich – and others who champion various methods of population control, such as abortion, contraception, and euthanasia.
As First Things commented about Bob’s reporting on the 2014 Synod on the Family, his reporting is “required reading for anyone trying to understand the dynamics of that Synod amidst the reportorial and analytic fog...” The Workshop convenes Monday and runs through March 1st.
NOTE: Dr. Royal will be on EWTN from Rome, Thursday evening (March 2nd). He'll appear on The World Over with Raymond Arroyo. The show will air beginning at 8:00 P.M. EST. Check your local listings.
There’s lots of talk here about how the U.N. is providing funding to the PASS and how eager some figures in the Vatican are to be accepted by these large international bodies. That seems indisputable, but all that has unfortunately diverted attention from the fact that there are legitimate questions about our relationship with nature that need to be addressed. Read more.
Why “odd”? Because scientists who think the Church is “finally” getting over a little of its hostility to science or who believe that the Church needs to get with pills and condoms are invited. And other scientists or scholars with knowledge of ecological questions who are also faithful Catholics are kept out. An odd way to run a Pontifical academy. Read more.