Monday, August 22, 2011

"Too Many Children" aka "Sustainability" taught to Western Oregon Catholics.

"Too Many People" , the April 2011 Newsletter from the Office of  "Life", Justice and Peace, was very disturbing and made the link between "sustainability" and eugenics.  This was the "pro-life" handout from the Archdiocese to those at the Oregon Right to Life Conference and Oregon Catholics.

Look up any link regarding "Sustainability", no where does it mention Trust in the Creator.  Office of Life, Justice and Peace newsletters       Catholic Sustainability Network. Matt Cato


"Sometime this year the world's population will reach the seven billion mark. Many environmental groups advocate for population control as a solution to climate change. Here in Oregon, The Oregonian printed a front page guest piece on its Opinion section about overpopulation being the root cause of our environmental problems. (Treading on a Taboo, Jack Hart; The Oregonian, June 15, 2008) 

Yes, all things considered, overpopulation is an environmental problem when we consume too much of the world’s resources.

Did you know? While the U.S. represents about five percent of the global population, it consumes about 25% of the world’s energy, and generates five times the world average of CO2 emissions. The U.S. uses more energy than any other country and is the largest carbon dioxide (CO2) greenhouse gas emitter among industrialized nations worldwide.
The following formula illustrates the relationship between population and consumption:............"

For the first time, at the Oregon Right to Life Conference this Spring, many of us met Matt Cato, director of the newly expanded name, Office of  "Life", Justice and Peace.  It was also the first time in decades (or ever) that the Archdiocese of Portland in this capacity, had stayed for any complete Oregon Right to Life Conference.  Rev. Timothy Mockaitis the Associate Director was not present.  Kudos to Matt.

(Last year in 2010 the Pro-life community hosted a breakfast for Matt at the Oregon Right to Life Conference.  He refused to let me attend but at least he did.  That's okay there were lots of good folks there.)

First of all let me say that Matt is a nice man.  He just doesn't understand about honoring the unborn as the primary life issue.
  •  This kindness can get in the way of having a director that isn't fit for his job.
  •  He was told that it would have been better to hire someone with knowledge of the pro-lifers.
  •  Matt seemed completely out of his element and he was at the closing session with Stephen Mosher, of the Population Research Institute but seemed very uncomfortable.
  • Question to him, unanswered, "Why are most of your articles for the Archdiocese of Portland, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon promotions?"
  • Question to him.  "When does life begin?"  Answer: "At birth".  When I asked him if this was Roman Catholic Church teaching, he corrected himself, "at conception."
There are  dedicated pro-lifers who now attend Matt Cato's Respect Life Core Group.  They're faithful to the Church and Her Teachings.  We are hopeful.

"The world is rapidly being divided into two camps, the comradeship of anti-Christ and the brotherhood of Christ. The lines between these two are being drawn. How long the battle will be we know not; whether swords will have to be unsheathed we know not; whether blood will have to be shed we know not; whether it will be an armed conflict we know not. But in a conflict between truth and darkness, truth cannot lose."
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


Kris said...

Well, if we keep provoking God with 6-7 states that recognize GAY marriage we won't have to worry about population control! Matt may be 'nice' but he is called to be holy. None of them have trust in God. God WILL take care of his own. You know this but they want to CONTROL everything and it is not under their job title to limit the population thru Abortion, etc. It is no wonder non Catholic Christians don't look up to us anymore!

Thanks again Carolyn!

VOCAL said...

No one could have said it better.

Anonymous said...

The newly formed office of Life, Justice and Peace should have called their article "Too Much Consumption" rather than "Too Many People". The thrust of the article was against the west's consumption of goods compared to third world countries. Buried in the article it said the church was against population control but for cutting consumption rates in the west. A very poorly written article that should not have been included in their newsletter. LIFE is the foundational issue, not environmentalism. Cato has to learn that. Thanks for your blog.

Anonymous said...

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is NOT ecumenical in the Roman Catholic definition of the word. Not when it waters down our beliefs.

Matt said...

I have politely confronted Matt Cato about official Church Teaching on the life issues by email and at a couple of meetings with him. I recommend that you and others keep doing the same when ever you come across something that is questionable from the Office of Life Peace and Justice. There are some Catholics that do not understand or they do not accept the fact that there are "non-negotiable" issues and that there are negotiable issues. The Catechism is clear on the life issues and needs to be quoted to them more often.

VOCAL said...

Thanks for the comment. I suppose even a drop of water makes a hole in a rock eventually.

K said...

Good Afternoon, Carolyn,
What do you mean " He wouldn't let you go" to the meeting?
Satan is upping the ante, isn't he?

I wrote asking you about the last letter.. and no response, yet..
I was asking about the change in archbishops ? I, now understand that one has been chosen for Oregon.. Is that true? WHO? What information is available about the new one?

VOCAL said...

Matt Cato said that I couldn't attend. He only wanted "pro-life" leaders. I was then the church commission chairman of Oregon Right to Life that was hosting the conference.

Thank goodness I'm not the only one with concerns, so it was okay and I didn't want to push it.

VOCAL said...

PS. Regarding the new Archbishop, I don't know. We all have to pray and maybe this blog will give him a hint of what we've been going through.

I hope he's Catholic :-)

Anonymous said...

Carolyn, I recommend the following article, especially the last sentence -

Forward it to whom you think appropriate.

Anonymous said...

A respectful thank you for your much needed explanation !