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La situation intellectuelle ne s'améliore pas :

Un forcené malthusien appelé à discuter d'extinction :

Forty-nine years ago, Professor Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University scared the bejesus out of much of the world when he predicted that overpopulation would lead to mass starvation. In his doomsday bestseller The Population Bomb, Ehrlich wrote, "The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate."

That said, Ehrlich's predictions were not without consequences. "In addition to China's one-child rule," Ehrlich must be held partially responsible for "abhorrent campaigns of forced sterilization in Indira Gandhi's India and Alberto Fujimori's Peru." Surely a man with that much to answer for has been relegated to the fringes of society? Not on your life! In fact, next month Ehrlich will be addressing a Vatican workshop on "Biological Extinction." Judging by the promotional material, he will feel right at home.


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Le Monde.fr - Le pape François contraint à la démission le grand-maître de l’Ordre de Malte

Le départ de Fra Matthew Festing survient après deux mois de tensions qui ont entrainé une enquête interne ordonnée par le Vatican


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Bien, apparemment/supposément, mais:




"Exclusive: Diosdado, Salazar, Maduro, Samark & Chavez's daughter millions in Vatican Bank IOR "



Allegations about Santos, Cristina Kirchner, Nicolas Maduro and others are made in that article. So I asked again and this is what came back: Diosdado Cabello, Jesus Salazar, Samark Lopez Bello, Maria G. Chavez and Nicolas Maduro allegedly have some 2.5 billion (Euros?) in accounts at IOR, i.e. Vatican Bank.


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1) "Querida Amazonia: the Pope’s Exhortation for a Church with an Amazonian face"



Pope Francis shares his “dreams for the Amazon region” (5-7), whose destiny must concern everyone because that land is also “ours”. His “four great dreams” are thus articulated: an Amazon region that “fights for the rights of the poor”, that “preserves its distinctive cultural riches”, that “jealously preserves its overwhelming natural beauty” and lastly, that the Christian communities might be “capable of generous commitment, incarnate in the Amazon region”.


The first chapter of Querida Amazonia is focused on the “social dream” (8). It highlights that “a true ecological approach” is a “social approach” as well and, valuing the “good living” of the indigenous populations, he warns against an “environmentalism” concerned only with the environment. With vibrant tones, he speaks of “injustice and crime” (9-14). The Pope recalls that Benedict XVI had already denounced “the devastation of the environment and the Amazon”. The indigenous peoples, Pope Francis warns, suffer a “subjection” on the part of both the local and outside powers. According to Pope Francis, the economic operations that fuel devastation, killing and corruption merit the name of “injustice and crime”. With John Paul II, he reiterates that globalization must not become a new version of colonialism.


Pope Francis makes it immediately clear that “to promote the Amazon region” does not mean “colonizing it culturally” (28). He thus uses an image that is dear to him – “the Amazonian polyhedron” (29-32). “Postmodern colonization” needs to be combatted, he says. For Pope Francis, “caring for roots” is urgent (33-35). Citing Laudato si’ and Christus vivit, he emphasizes that the “a consumerist vision of human beings” tends to “have a leveling effect on cultures” and this has an effect above all on young people.


He cites Pablo Neruda and other local poets regarding the power and beauty of the Amazonas.


The Pope invites us to “develop a Church with an Amazonian face” through a “great missionary proclamation” (61), a “message that needs to be heard in the Amazon region” (62-65). A “social message” is not enough according to the Pope. These peoples have “a right to hear the Gospel”, otherwise, “every ecclesial structure would become” an NGO.


Pope Francis concludes Querida Amazonia with a prayer to the Mother of the Amazon Region (111). “Mother, look upon the poor of the Amazon region”, he prays, “for their home is being destroyed by petty interests…. Touch the hearts of the powerful, for, even though we sense that the hour is late, you call us to save what is still alive.”




2) "Ex-Brazilian leader da Silva meets the pope, gets blessing



Da Silva was released from prison in early November after 19 months in detention, when Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled a person can be imprisoned only after all appeals have been exhausted. Later that month, a court upheld the corruption conviction and ruled his sentence should be raised by four years to 17 years.


Francis, the first pope from the global south, has had close ties to leftist Latin American leaders, including Da Silva and former Bolivian President Evo Morales, who resigned the presidency in November after allegations of fraud in Bolivia’s Oct. 20 presidential election.


The audience came a day after Francis released his major document on the Amazon, in which he denounced the destruction of the rain forest and the exploitation of indigenous peoples.






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