Abortion, contraception, “sustainable development”: will Catholic doctrine be changed to accommodate UN thinking?

A new papal encyclical on sustainable development, allegedly with the incipit “Laudato sii”, is expected to be published in the coming days. But while the content of the document is yet unknown, there are increasingly vocal concerns about who may have helped in drafting it. In particular, the fact that UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon and his “special adviser” Jeffrey Sachs, arguably two of the most powerful proponents of abortion and population control in the world, were offered a platform at the Vatican during a conference on climate change, has caused some astonishment among Catholic faithful. Is the Church going to sign up to the UN bureaucracy’s creed that reducing population growth in poor country is the best method to reduce poverty and stall climate change?

Stefano Gennarini of Turtle Bay and Beyond has asked some critical questions to the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS), Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo. The replies he got do not seem to have satisfied him, and he has commented on them in an article written for First Things. Both the interview and the article are worth reading.