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The Vatican’s infiltration and cooptation of American population organizations

March 22nd, 2012 |

Below is an excerpt of Chapter 8 of Dr. Stephen Mumford’s 1984 book, “American Democracy and the Vatican”. See: http://churchandstate.org.uk/2012/03/the-vaticans-infiltration-and-cooptation-of-american-population-organizations/

The Vatican’s infiltration and cooptation of American population organizations

Since the days of Margaret Sanger, the Church has ordered members to infiltrate population organizations to collect intelligence and under­mine them from within.

Editor’s note: Given this November’s US presidential election and the Catholic Church’s immense stake in the outcome, we are publishing a series of excerpts from N4CM Chairman Dr Stephen D. Mumford’s book, “American Democracy and the Vatican”. In the following chapter, Dr Mumford documents the Vatican’s infiltration and cooptation of American population organizations. This chapter is as relevant and revealing today as it was when the book was first published in 1984: A powerful US force fostering domestic and international family planning services has languished as world population has needlessly risen from 3.9 billion in 1972 to 7 billion in 2011.

Chapter 8: The Catholic Hierarchy’s Cooptation of the American Population Establishment

Since the days of Margaret Sanger, the Church has ordered members to infiltrate population organizations to collect intelligence and under­mine them from within. Documented cases of this in Planned Parent­hood organizations across the country probably number in the hun­dreds. For example, while I was working at Planned Parenthood of Houston, a recently hired Catholic woman was caught photocopying the clinic’s foundation contributor list which she had no reason to have in her possession. She admitted that she had been asked to get the list by local leadership of the Catholic hierarchy.

However, by far the most significant example of infiltration and cooptation occurred during the 1970s. The target was the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Population, which provides international population assistance. Dr. Reimert T. Ravenholt, that office’s first and only director until 1980, is unquestionably the most important leader in the international population field, a man of great courage and intelligence. From the very creation of this office in 1966, Ravenholt was the subject of intensive personal and professional attacks, some of them prompted by the Church, which often used unsuspecting non-Catholics to criticize his tactics and judgment. A few non-Catholics sought personal gain in return for their attacks. Despite the intense Catholic hostility directed at the program, successes of the program were considerable, a reflection largely of Ravenholt’s considerable courage and inner strength but also because the people of recipient nations greatly desired what this program offered.

To read the full chapter, please click here: http://churchandstate.org.uk/2012/03/the-vaticans-infiltration-and-cooptation-of-american-population-organizations/

 

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