Q&A March AD 2010
Our Lady of the Rosary
A More Sustainable and Just Economic
What is U.N. Agenda 21
Did The Blessed Virgin Mary Die?
A Sustainable and More Just Economic System?
mid-November the Vatican’s Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the
Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, made another one of those economics
statements, addressing Caritas Internationalis.
 Please comment. What is a “Tobin tax”?
tax” is a tax collected by each government on every exchange of one currency
for another within its borders, and then sent to the World Bank or IMF. Not
only is it a tax on the productive members of society, making them less
productive, but it serves to feed the United Nations globalist cabal (See
last month’s and this month’s Q&A).
Indeed, the bishop seems to be a proponent of the anti-Christian United
Nations Agenda 21, an invasive scheme to control virtually every aspect of
human life in the name of equality and environmentalism. Although not
identifying the “Occupy Wall Street” movement by name he “Pointed to the
protest movements taking place in North Africa and the Middle East, Europe
and North America, he said: ‘a large number of people around the world
believe we are headed in the wrong direction.’”—indeed, a large number of
people with nothing better to do than complain about “greed” while blocking
city streets, camping, defecating, fornicating, rioting, robbing, and raping
in the parks of the nation.
Sánchez’ call for
“for greater care for the environment, the development of sustainable and a
more just economic system” further reflects the influence of the UN Agenda.
These are buzzwords that mean that: “we need to have fewer people in the
world” and “the people we allow to exist must be content to shiver in the
dark.” In practice this will be achieved through abortion, contraception,
sterilization, and starvation, as well as the rationing of whatever few
goods are produced under a socialist global regime.
Modernism is the
simply the opposite side of the Marxist coin. According to Sánchez “the
Catholic Church could provide the ‘faith horizon’ to get the world back on
the right path, and urged Caritas leaders to focus on reason and faith as
roots towards a new evangelization.” He seems to have forgotten the “old
evangelization”—that the Church’s mission is the salvation of souls, and not
the creation and redistribution of global misery.
As we wrote last
According to Saint
written (Acts 5:29): “We ought to obey God rather than men.” Now sometimes
the things commanded by a superior are against God. Therefore superiors are
not to be obeyed in all things.
Sánchez Sorondo certainly fits into the class of superiors envisioned by
What is U.N. Agenda 21?
What is this “UN Agenda 21”?
UN Agenda 21 is described on the UN website:
is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and
locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and
Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.
21, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of
principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests were adopted by more
than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992.
Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created in December 1992 to
ensure effective follow-up of UNCED, to monitor and report on implementation
of the agreements at the local, national, regional and international levels.
It was agreed that a five year review of Earth Summit progress would be made
in 1997 by the United Nations General Assembly meeting in special session.
implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for Further Implementation of
Agenda 21 and the Commitments to the Rio principles, were strongly
reaffirmed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in
Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 August to 4 September 2002.
This UN program seeks
to control nearly every aspect of human life in every nation, state, county,
and municipality of the world, claiming this is necessary to preserve the
Earth’s environment. The plan can be read in great detail on the UN’s own
The plan is filled
with euphemisms that sound good to the uninitiated (e.g. “sustainable
development.” “protection of the oceans,” “equity,” “rational use and
development,” “social justice”); loosely defined terms that can be later
manipulated (e.g. “climate change,” “biological diversity,” “freshwater
resources”); and contains a “precautionary principle” that says roughly
that anything even suspected of causing harm must be treated as though it
surely causes harm, until proven otherwise.
development” sounds great until one realizes that is another way of saying
that we must plan on having fewer people on the planet, and that many
resources must be placed off limits from human industry. To achieve
“sustainable development” the population must be managed with contraception
and abortion, and property rights must be closely controlled by government.
“Wetlands” projects must exclude humans from vast tracts of land, and the
humans made to live in densely populated urban communities where government
controls living space, utility availability, and what one does for a
living. Curiously, the national borders must be open to one and all.
Ultimately, the appeal is made to a Marxist concept of “social justice”:
because of its unique nature and the crucial role it plays in human
settlements, cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by
individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market.
Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and
concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if
unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation
of development schemes. Social justice, urban renewal and development, the
provision of decent dwellings-and healthy conditions for the people can only
be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole.
Already in the United
States, we have seen violent intrusion of government into family farming and
food production, and seen the collection of rainwater falling on one’s own
A “Wisconsin judge has held that American citizens do not have a
‘fundamental right to produce or consume foods of their choice.’” Cows and
pigs are to be taxed, but wolves protected.
But world government
control is not limited to land interests. “Protection of the oceans” not
only limits fishing rights, but extends to ocean mineral rights, and even
navigation rights. Large bodies of water, coastal waters, and navigable
rivers would be controlled by world authorities, as would any source of
Dams that interfere with fish life-cycles may be subject to removal.
An important part of
Agenda 21 is the ratification of the UN “Convention on the Rights of the
Child,” which requires governments to interfere with parents’ ability to
raise their own children: how they are educated, what they eat, with whom
they associate, their practice or non‑practice
of religion, how they may be disciplined. The government must require
prospective parents to obtain a revocable parenting license, provide
state-run day care, prosecute parents who violate the convention, and seize
the children of violators.
As well, the Agenda imposes socialist indoctrination on school children,
without regard to parental or school district concerns. Social engineering
has replaced subject matter proficiency in many American schools.
Agenda 21 is a U.N. policy document adopted at the U.N.’s Earth Summit
It promotes “sustainable development,” which sounds so friendly, but is
about changing the very infrastructure of the nation, away from private
ownership and control of property to central planning of the entire
Sustainable development’s agenda includes gun control, open borders, cap
and trade, food control, farming “reform,” refusal to drill American
oil, population control, and U.N. global governance.
It also puts each plant and animal species on an equal footing with the
human species. It aims to redistribute the wealth, on a global scale,
resulting in equality of poverty.
~ Peggy Smetana, The Pilot , 19 November 2012
Agenda 21 seeks the
cooperation of local agencies. Ratification of a treaty takes two-thirds of
the Senate, but much of the Agenda can be implemented piecemeal. For
example, the American people would (hopefully) resist the idea of declaring
half the country off limits to human habitation, but county land managers
might be convinced to declare valuable properties to be “wetlands” where no
productive use is allowed. The American people would (hopefully) resist the
idea of ruinous controls on energy, but a county government might warm to
the idea of high fuel taxes being required to fight the imaginary demon of
“global warming.” “Many town officials are selling us out to global
regional development with help from the International Council for Local
Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI): Local Governments for Sustainability.”
It should be obvious
that Agenda 21 is essentially a global socialist agenda plan for the
domination of mankind. The words of Pope Pius XI are appropriate when
evaluating any socialist plan:
If Socialism, like all errors, contains some truth (which, moreover, the
Supreme Pontiffs have never denied), it is based nevertheless on a theory of
human society peculiar to itself and irreconcilable with true Christianity.
Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one
can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist.
A good Catholic
cannot support any aspect of United Nations Agenda 21.
Where does the money
for all of this come from, you ask?
of money sources for the implementation of Sustainable Development is
impressive. American taxes fund the federal agencies’ present focus:
implementing Sustainable Development. Over two thousand NGOs are accredited
by the United Nations for the purpose of implementing Sustainable
Development in America, and are given massive tax advantages. Some of these
NGOs are the Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, the National Audubon
Society, the American Planning Association, the National Teachers
Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Farm Bureau.
government and non-profit funding schemes, the third “leg” of the
Sustainable Development financial insiders is a group of tax-exempt family
foundations. These include the Rockefeller Foundation, Pew Charitable
Trusts, the Turner Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the
James Irvine Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, the McArthur Foundation,
and local community foundations.
As if all this were
not enough, a UN circular titled “Financing for Development” indicates that
General Assembly, in its resolution 65/314 of 12 September 2011, decided to
hold its fifth High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development on 7 and 8
December 2011 at UN Headquarters. The Dialogue's overall theme will be “The
Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration on Financing for Development:
status of implementation and tasks ahead”.... The themes of the three round
tables and the interactive dialogue will be as follows:
table 1: “The reform of the international monetary and financial system and
its implications for development”....
Readers will recall
that the topic of “Round Table 1” is essentially similar to the program
proposed 24 October 2011 in “The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on
the Global Economy.”
Catholics beware!!! A good Catholic cannot support this any more than
Socialism, for that, indeed, is what it is.
prepared pamphlet on Agenda 21 may be downloaded at:
Did The Blessed Virgin Mary Die?
Did our Blessed
Lady actually die prior to her Assumption, or was she taken up without death
because of her Immaculate Conception. (A.H., New York)
We lack positive
information, but it seems that she actually died. The earliest written
account of the Assumption, attributed to Melito of Sardis around AD 180 says
“Mary arose from the pavement and laid herself upon her bed, and giving
thanks to God she gave up the ghost,” which implies real
When Pope Pius XII
infallibly defined the dogma of the Assumption in November of 1950, he wrote
simply that: “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having
completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into
heavenly glory.”—which avoided the question of her death.
But, even if it is not a matter of infallible definition, Pope Pius clearly
alluded to Mary’s real death elsewhere in the Apostolic Constitution
The Pope Pius
pointed out that Christ died, so even absolute perfection was not enough to
avoid the possibility of death. But “She, by an entirely unique privilege,
completely overcame sin by her Immaculate Conception, and as a result she
was not subject to the law of remaining in the corruption of the grave, and
she did not have to wait until the end of time for the redemption of her
body” (paragraph 5).
Pope Pius referred to
the sacramentary which his predecessor “Adrian I ... sent to the Emperor
Charlemagne. These words are found in this volume: ‘Venerable to us, O Lord,
is the festivity of this day on which the holy Mother of God suffered
temporal death, but still could not be kept down by the bonds of death,
who has begotten your Son our Lord incarnate from herself’” (paragraph 17,
40. Hence the revered Mother of God, from all eternity joined in a hidden
way with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination,
immaculate in her conception, a most perfect virgin in her divine
motherhood, the noble associate of the divine Redeemer who has won a
complete triumph over sin and its consequences, finally obtained, as the
supreme culmination of her privileges, that she should be preserved
free from the corruption of the tomb and that, like her own Son, having
overcome death, she might be taken up body and soul to the glory of
heaven where, as Queen, she sits in splendor at the right hand of her Son,
the immortal King of the Ages.