A panelist at a Vatican-run workshop on "how to save the natural world" has claimed that Pope Francis urged people to have fewer children to make the world more sustainable -- a stand that appears to contradict traditional Catholic Church dogma -- the Life Site News website reports today (March 4, 2017).
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.
"We do not endorse any of the artificial birth control [methods] that the Church does not endorse," Raven said. The Catholic Church condemns every method of artificial birth control.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that "every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible is intrinsically evil" since it destroys the unitive and procreative integrity of the marital act.