Club vs. the Vatican... Vatican, Yes.
Sierra Club, No.
By Fr. Joe Landi, Editor
When I joined the Sierra Club, I had no
idea I was joining a pro-abortion group co-sponsoring the downgrade of the
Vatican's status at the United Nations.
This is an ill-advised political movement by pro-abortion groups
that want to remove the Holy See from its status as a permanent observer
at the United Nations. The Holy See has been opposing the radical, pro-abortion
agenda that currently dominates UN policy.
Pro-abortion groups want to silence that opposition.
It appears as if the Holy See incurred the wrath of the
Sierra Club and some non-governmental organizations that want to attack
the population explosion predicted in the 60's by killing babies and
limiting families to not "more than two natural children".
Aren't they aware that the reasons adduced in support of population
control have gradually changed? For example, in 2050 Italy will need to
import 300,000 workers annually to maintain the same work force it had in
We have had such a non-population explosion here that last
year the Immigration and Naturalization Service exceeded the annual
115,000 mandated ceiling by over 20,000 visas for skilled workers.
In short, like many myths considered dogmas of the 60's, the world
population boom was an exaggeration.
What has happened since the 60's is that a small portion of the
world's population is courting environmental disaster by using more than
their fair share of the resources of the planet.
I won't cast aspersions on any country or mention any names but its
initials are U.S.A.
As a Sierra Club member, unbeknown to me, my dollars are
supporting an organization that advocates the change of state and federal
laws that restrict abortion and contraception--a policy adopted by the
Board of Directors, June 4, 1970.
As someone concerned about the environment, I feel that saving
wilderness sites and wetlands is one thing, but population control to
protect it is quite another. Had I known about the "Population Policy" which is
the basis to pit the Sierra Club against the Vatican, I would not have
joined in the first place. That
population policy has resulted in the ill-advised co-sponsorship to out
the Vatican, which has no vote in the General Assembly, just a voice at
the table. "Apparently
that is too much for the abortion activists, " according to Sen. Rick
He has introduced a Senate resolution condemning the efforts of
pro-abortion groups that want to remove the Holy See from its permanent
observer’s status at the UN. Rep. Chris Smith, R-NY,
has introduced a similar resolution in the House.
As a state and member of the UN for 36 years, the Vatican elected
not to have a vote, just a voice at the table.
It is not the only small state, nor is it the only state that has a
state religion or no religion at all.
I have written to all the candidates on the Sierra Club's
2000 National Election Ballot running for the board of directors.
Most did not know that it is a co-sponsor of the judas
organization, Catholics for Free Choice’s agenda.
(The organization is someone's illegitimate brainchild funded by
pro-baby killers and conceived out of the habit to annoy Catholics for
the Church's teachings.) Some
candidates do not support this action taken by one of its committees, a
few do. If enough members disagree on this co-sponsorship, hopefully
the board of directors will review it.
According to Pope John Paul II in his encyclical, Evangelium
Vitae, "To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and
euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law means to attribute to human
freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over
other and against others." Therefore, until such time as the Sierra Club aborts its
co-sponsorship of the movement to downgrade the Holy See at the UN and
revises its "Population Policy" to remove its support of
abortion, I will not be renewing my membership.
I urge Catholics and people of good will not to renew their membership
until then, too.
In blessing Noah, God reaffirmed and renewed creation.
Let us work to protect and renew the world we live in through
conservation and stewardship, rather than population control, for our sake
and for generations yet unborn.
Join us with your support!