The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis has bestowed a rare papal award to notorious global abortion campaigner Lilianne Ploumen. Ploumen is the founder of “She Decides”, an organisation that recently raised $400 million to fund abortion causes worldwide.
A former Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands, Ploumen was granted the title “Dame Commander” in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great. The title is an honour that can only be personally granted and given by the Pope himself.
The Order of St Gregory the Great was founded by Pope Gregory XVI in 1831, in honour of his namesake Pope St Gregory I. The award is given to those who have distinguished themselves in public service or given support to the Church.
Ploumen herself confirmed receiving the award last January 18, showing off the medal in a video feature that was uploaded in Youtube by the Dutch radio station BNR. Ploumen said that she was honoured for “receiving a high distinction from the Vatican, from the Pope” despite the fact that she was pro-abortion. She claimed that the award is “confirmation” of her work.
Almost Half a Billion Dollars Raised for Abortion Causes Around the World
Ploumen is currently one of the world’s leading abortion campaigners, having founded an organisation that has recently raised close to half a billion dollars to fund NGOs around the world that provide and facilitate abortion. Ploumen’s organization, “She Decides”, is a response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to cut off funding for overseas NGOs which facilitate abortion.
In a speech last September, Ploumen said that in “the fight for women’s rights… Sexual and reproductive rights are the main battleground.”
After a huge backlash against the award, the Holy See Press Office issued a statement, confirming that while indeed the papal honour was given to the pro-abortion politician, the said award was a “diplomatic practice” for a visiting official head of state delegation to the Vatican (Ploumen was received in an audience by Pope Francis). This is of course an inaccurate excuse, since research will show that the Holy See does not routinely give Papal awards to every single entourage or head of State that the Pope receives in an audience.
Papal Praise for Italy’s Most Notorious Abortionist
Ploumen is not the first abortionist that the Pope has given tacit approval to. In a February 8 , 2016 interview with one of Italy’s most prominent dailies, Corriere Della Serra, Pope Francis praised Italy’s leading proponent of abortion – Emma Bonino — as one of the nation’s “forgotten greats”. Acknowledging that Bonino “thinks differently from us”, he nonetheless said, “true, but never mind. We have to look at people, at what they do.”
Bonino worked with the Information Centre on Sterilization and Abortion, which boasted over 10,000 abortions. There are famous photos of Bonino performing illegal abortions using a homemade device operated by a bicycle pump.
Complete Overhaul of the Pontifical Academy for Life
Pope Francis has also completely changed the composition of the Pontifical Academy for Life, removing almost 100 members and appointing 45 new ones. Shockingly, the Pope disbanded the Academy’s mandatory pro-life oath that members previously were required to profess.
One of the Pope’s new appointees to the Academy, Italian moral theologian Father Maurizio Chiodi, said at a December 14, 2017 public lecture at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome that there are “circumstances — I refer to Amoris Laetitia, Chapter 8 — that precisely for the sake of responsibility, require contraception.”
Church teaching expressly forbids contraception under all circumstances, calling it “intrinsically evil”. Pope Pius XI wrote that contraception is “intrinsically vicious” and that “the Divine Majesty regards with greatest detestation this horrible crime”. Pope Paul VI wrote in Humanae Vitae that “sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive” is “to be absolutely excluded” and that “it is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it”.
Father of the Pro-Abortion Global Population Control Movement Invited to Speak in the Vatican
Last February 2017, the recognised father of the pro-abortion global population control movement spoke upon the invitation of the Vatican in the Vatican-run conference entitled “Biological Extinction”. Dr. Paul Ehrlich is the author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb, which is recognised as the seminal work in the global pro-abortion and population control movements.
In an April 26, 2012 interview with The Guardian, Ehrlich called for a rapid movement towards “population shrinkage” in order to attain the “optimum population” of 1.5 to 2 billion people, versus the 7 billion currently. He said in the same interview:
How many you support depends on lifestyles. We came up with 1.5 to 2 billion because you can have big active cities and wilderness. If you want a battery chicken world where everyone has minimum space and food and everyone is kept just about alive you might be able to support in the long term about 4 or 5 billion people. But you already have 7 billion. So we have to humanely and as rapidly as possible move to population shrinkage.
Dr. Ehrlich is a champion of sex-selective abortion and mass sterilization as legitimate methods to curb population growth. In his 1968 book, Ehrlich defended forced abortion, saying that “compulsary population-control laws, even including laws requiring compulsory abortion, could be sustained under the existing Constitution if the population crisis became sufficiently severe to endanger the society.”
While there are many instances of the Pope publicly condemning abortion, we need to keep in mind the old saying: “Actions speak louder than words”. The Pope’s actions, in the case of abortion, do indeed speak loud and undeniably clear. Let us pray for the Catholic Church that she may have courageous shepherds who will defend the Faith amid this great crisis.∎