The Symptoms of Ideological Thinking

November 30, 2021
Bishop Marcelo Sorondo and Jeffrey Sachs

On October 25, 2021, American economist Jeffrey Sachs was appointed by Pope Francis, an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. This staunch activist for the reduction of the world population by abortion, among other things, thus becomes the ordinary collaborator of a Roman institution supposed to work for the development of the social doctrine of the Church.

The following is a reflection by Fr. Alain Lorans.

Jeffrey Sachs is a propagandist of “sustainable development,” the theory according to which demographic pressure is a factor in environmental degradation and a burden for development.

According to him, it is overpopulation that pollutes and hinders development. Hence his admiration for China's “one-child policy,” which has wiped out 400 million human beings in 40 years.

But as Riccardo Cascioli notes, in the Nuova Bussola Quotidiana of October 27, it is not this appointment that is surprising, it is the justification given by the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Msgr. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo.

That Jeffrey Sachs has been appointed a member of an institution where he was already at home, only formalizes a close collaboration with the Pope, whether in the drafting of the encyclical Laudato si’ (May 24, 2015), or in the organization of the Economy of Francis Congress, held in Assisi on November 19-21, 2020.

But that the chancellor of the Academy of Social Sciences, questioned several times by journalists about the presence of this neo-Malthusian ideologue in the Vatican, always gave the same answer, that is the scandal.

Indeed, according to Msgr. Sorondo, Jeffrey Sachs has changed and the Vatican's objective is for the UN and its most influential representatives to listen to the priorities set by the Holy See, which - according to this naive or perverse prelate - is happening.

Riccardo Cascioli is rightly indignant: “They would like to convince us that it is the UN that has changed priorities in its decisions to accommodate what the Church, and especially Pope Francis, wants. On the contrary, it is precisely the Church that has shifted to the positions of the UN agencies and ecological groups.”

“In practice, it is not the world that has been contaminated by the thought of the Church, it is instead the Church that is at the mercy of the powers of this world. The most obvious example is the integration of the concept of sustainable development into the magisterium of the Church, which officially took place with the encyclical Laudato si’, and which has now become a constant refrain.”

The conciliar aggiornamento was so successful that its artisans no longer even realize that they are slavishly aligned with the spirit of the world. They believe, or want to make people believe, that it is the world that is converting to Catholic doctrine.

These men of the Church who should be the “salt of the earth” have become so doctrinally weakened that they think, naively or deviously, that their insipidity is a “presence” and a “witness” in the world today. They do not perceive that this presence and this witness is colorless, odorless, and tasteless.