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Topics: Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Speakers at Vatican Symposium Take Wrong Approach to Population and Development



A recent symposium at the Vatican hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences aimed at discussing the implications of biodiversity loss and finding ways to promote sustainable development. While Catholic teaching promotes stewardship of the environment, some of the participants invited to speak at the symposium have a history of promoting interventions directly contrary to Catholic teaching such as contraception and population control. Among the more notorious …

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The Earth is Not “Sick” and Mankind is Thriving as Never Before



As the father of nine children, I am necessarily no fan of “out-of-control consumerism.” On the home front, our “consumerism,” such that it is, is rationed to meet our needs, not our wants. Nor could we be accused of being members of a “throwaway culture”, since we throw very little away. In fact, our unofficial family motto is “Use it up, wear it out; make do or do without.” Our children have to “make do” …

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Four Key Points on Human Ecology and Climate We Hope to See Pope Francis Make



The secular media, which is no friend of the Catholic Church, seems to specialize in misrepresenting the views of its prelates. Pope Francis has been particularly ill served in this regard and, at the same time, seems to shrug it off. So it is hard to know what to make of The Guardian’s story that the Holy Father is preparing to address global warming and lobby for decisive international action to combat climate change. Is it just the …

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