IS THE POPE CATHOLIC? – I don’t know, but he’s definitely a socialist. The whole world is topsy turvy; the bear probably doesn’t shit in the wood either any more.

Perhaps the more pertinent question is: is there any major left-wing piety or a cause that His Holiness Pope Francis hasn’t come out in support of yet? Well, chalk up another one:

“Pope Francis has urged us to have fewer children to make the world more sustainable,” a panelist at a Vatican-run workshop on “how to save the natural world” claimed on Thursday.

This solution to securing the world’s sustainability was presented by botanist and environmentalist Peter Raven during a press conference that concluded the “Biological Extinction” workshop that took place at the Vatican earlier this week…

According to Raven, the central element of the solution for “overpopulation” is that “we need a more limited number of people in the world.” In addition, “the problem is one of inequality,” where the rich use more of the world’s resources than the poor.

“In the framework of social justice worldwide we need to find ways for natural resources to be distributed on the basis of compassion and love. We hope for support in our ongoing support for our endeavor to develop sustainability,” he said.

All four on the panel concurred that the survival of the planet is tightly linked to the number of people on the planet.

The Biological Extinction workshop drew particular controversy because it featured a paper by notorious pro-abortion population control advocate Dr. Paul Ehrlich. At the event Ehrlich, and co-author Dasgupta, said that the Catholic teaching of “responsible parenthood” in determining family size has “result[ed] in collective failure” in reducing the world’s population.

The authors suggested that one way to stop the exhaustion of “humanity’s natural capital” is by imposing a system of “taxes and regulations” that would help modify “social norms of behaviour.”

Taxes and regulation and depopulation. But of course. The Vatican in the 2010s combines the enthusiasm for the (failed) 1970s Marxian Liberation Theology with that for the (failed) 1970s Paul Ehrlich/Club of Rome environmental catastrophism (“the planet is doomed and we’re all gonna die”).

There is only one letter difference between SJ (Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits; Pope Francis’s old order) and SJW. Coincidence? I don’t think so.