“[Our objective is] unlimited sexual gratification without the burden of unwanted children… [Women must have the right] to live … to love… to be lazy … to be an unmarried mother … to create… to destroy… The marriage bed is the most degenerative influence in the social order… The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. And the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
“As an advocate of birth control I wish… to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the ‘unfit’ and the ‘fit,’ admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation. On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.”
“Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant … We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.”
“Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race.”
“One fundamental fact alone, however, indicates the necessity of Birth Control if eugenics is to accomplish its purpose…Before eugenicists and others who are laboring for racial betterment can succeed, they must first clear the way for Birth Control. Like the advocates of Birth Control, the eugenicists, for instance, are seeking to assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.”
“And the government should “give certain dysgenic groups (those with ‘bad genes’) in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.”
“There is only one reply to a request for a higher birthrate among the intelligent, and that is to ask the government to first take the burden of the insane and feeble-minded from your back. [Mandatory] sterilization for these is the answer.”
“Hordes of people [are] born, who live, yet who have done absolutely nothing to advance the race one iota. Their lives are hopeless repetitions… Such human weeds clog up the path, drain up the energies and the resources of this little earth. We must clear the way for a better world; we must cultivate our garden.”
Francis on Prophets of Doom
by Christopher A. Ferrara
July 11, 2015
In Evangelii Gaudium Francis declared (quoting John XXIII) that “We feel that we must disagree with those prophets of doom who are always forecasting disaster, as though the end of the world were at hand.”
Just over a year-and-a-half later, however, Francis declared in Laudato Si’ that “Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain.”
A change of position? Perhaps an outright self-contradiction? It is neither. The two statements relate to different sorts of prophet. The first statement, echoing the truly fatuous optimism of John XXIII, scoffs at traditional Catholic “prophets of doom,” including a long line of Popes before Vatican II, who warned of the coming destruction of our entire civilization because of its rejection of Christ and the authority of His Church.
For example, in his encyclical Evangelii Praecones (1951) Pope Pius XII — in line with Pius XI, Pius X, Leo XIII, Pius IX, and Pius VII — summed up the prophecy of doom that Francis, joining John XXIII, belittles:
Venerable Brethren, you are well aware that almost the whole human race is today allowing itself to be driven into two opposing camps, for Christ or against Christ. The human race is involved today in a supreme crisis, which will issue in its salvation by Christ, or in its dire destruction.
Francis will have none of that sort of thing, which would mean that men must actually believe in Christ and obey His teaching as expounded and defended by the perennial Magisterium in order to avoid not only loss of their souls but the raining down of divine wrath upon the whole human race. It would also mean that the world is threatened by enemies of Christ, who must be opposed. Not exactly music to the ears of someone who prayed at the Blue Mosque in Turkey and feels himself competent to declare that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” It does not seem that Francis thinks that Christ or His Church have a single enemy in the world.
On the other hand, while Francis scoffs at “prophecies of doom” uttered by his own predecessors, he is all ears when it comes to doomsday scenarios propounded to him by atheist, pro-abortion, climate change fanatics who advocate population control and “reproductive rights,” such as Jeffery Sachs and the screwball Francis appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Science, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber.
Heeding the advice of such people, Laudato Si’ employs the word “crisis” 23 times, “destruction” 10 times, “destroy” 9 times, and “danger” or “dangerous” 9 times, “threat” 6 times and “threatened” 3 times. These dire expressions do not concern the consequences of apostasy and sin in the world, but rather “global environmental deterioration.”
So, there is no contradiction at all. Francis is completely consistent. Hence he thinks nothing of prophecies of doom relating to the eternal fate of souls, but is quite concerned about “the increasing use and power of air-conditioning” (Laudato Si, ¶ 55). Now that’s a threat we have to take seriously!
Ironically, a Pope who scoffs at the predictions of his own predecessors about the terrible consequences of society’s rebellion against Christ is actually a sign of the coming fulfillment of the very prophecies at which he scoffs.
Thus does the Third Secret of Fatima continue to unfold before our eyes.