Dominican University of California will be hosting a lecture in April with Jane Goodall, a population control advocate who has openly criticized the Church’s teaching on sexuality, according to the university’s website.
On top of signing her new book Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants, Goodall will also speak about “her enthusiasm for botany to give readers a deeper understanding of the world around us.”
The environmentalist group Population Matters, which advocates birth control and abortion as a way of slowing climate change, touts Goodall’s support on their homepage, labeling her a patron.
“We support the right of women to decide whether and when to have children,” reads the website. “Effective contraception is always preferable but we believe abortion has to be available where contraception has failed.”
Population Matters endorses contraception, abortion, and ending subsidies for large families. “We need to send a clear message that large families are unsustainable,” reads the website.
Population Matters Chairman Roger Martin singled out the Catholic Church in 2010 as “inhumane,” according to the group’s website: “The Catholic Church does much good in the world, but the effects are nullified by its uniquely inhumane doctrine on, and campaign against, contraception.”
Goodall, herself, is quoted on the website saying, “It’s our population growth that underlies just about every single one of the problems that we’ve inflicted on the planet. If there were just a few of us, then the nasty things we do wouldn’t really matter and Mother Nature would take care of it — but there are so many of us.”
Goodall charged in this 2007 video that the Catholic Church stands in the way of reducing the population, saying, ”The Catholic Church makes quite a major problem when you are trying to balance between people and their environment and that’s what has to happen.”
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