Scandalous Pontifical Honour


By Michael Hichborn from Lepanto Institute:

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On January 12, reports began surfacing on Twitter that Lilianne Ploumen, former Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands, was honored by Pope Francis with the title of Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great.  The Lepanto Institute was able to confirm from a December 22, 2017 Dutch radio broadcast that Ploumen indeed received the honor.  In a brief video clip promoting the broadcast, Ploumen displays the medal while saying that she received it from the Pope.

Here is the video:

Here is a crude translation of the exchange:

BNR – And this is the umpteenth prize that Lilianne Ploumen observes, won in 2017 and from whom they came.
Ploumen – Yes, it is a high distinction from the Vatican; from the pope.
BNR – From the pope.
Ploumen – Beautiful.
BNR – Yes.
Ploumen – It is Commander in the order of St. Gregory.
BNR – And that despite that you are pro-abortion.
Ploumen – Yes you can check.

To say that Lilianne Ploumen is “pro-abortion” is an extreme understatement and doesn’t even come close to the scandalous reality of her activism.

Ploumen 02In January of last year, after US President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, Ploumen launched a new NGO called She Decides to provide mass amounts of funds to organizations that would no longer receive funds from the US government.  The Mexico City Policy automatically denies US funding for international organizations which perform or promote abortion.

Referring to the Mexico City Policy as a “Global Gag Rule,” Ploumen stated that the intention of She Decides was to continue support for existing programs being run by organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International.  She said, “These are successful and effective programs: direct support, distributing condoms, making sure women are accompanied at the birth, and making sure abortion is safe if they have no other choice.”

By July of 2017, Ploumen’s program had raised over $300 million.

In October of 2017, Ploumen wrote an article for the Financial Times, in which she emphatically stated, “America’s regressive policies on abortion are a calamity for girls’ and women’s rights that the rest of the world must counter.”

Ironically, just a few days ago, Ploumen was awarded the Machiavelli Prize “for her campaign for the safe abortion fund SheDecides.” The article on the award indicates that “The Machiavelli prize is awarded to a person or organization which the jury considers has excelled in public communication. In particular, the jury praised the speed at which SheDecides was set up and went global.”

It is worth noting that from 2004-2007, Ploumen was the Director of Programs and on the Board of Directors for CORDAID, the Dutch Catholic aid relief agency that was caught funding Planned Parenthood and dispensing contraception.

Ploumen 03But Ploumen’s anti-Catholic activity isn’t restricted to abortion.  In September of 2017, Ploumen participated in the United Nations LGBTI Core Group.  As the first speaker at the event, Ploumen noted that LGBTI rights are human rights.  In her opening remarks, she said, “We cannot be complacent. [Today] in more than 70 countries homosexuality is still criminalized…stigma against LGBT people continue all over the world.”

In 2014, Ploumen ended foreign aid to the country of Uganda for passing a bill banning sodomy and same-sex “marriage.”

In February of 2010, Ploumen called on LGBT activists to descend upon and disrupt Mass at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, wearing pink triangles with the words “Jesus excludes no one.” The reason?  She and other pro-LGBT activists were protesting the Church’s moral teaching regarding homosexuality.

The Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great was established in September 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI.  The honor of membership in the Order is conferred on individuals for their “personal service to the Holy See and to the Roman Catholic Church, through their unusual labors, their support of the Holy See, and their excellent examples set forth in their communities and their countries.”

It remains to be seen what service Lilianne Ploumen has provided for the Catholic Church or the Holy See, given her staunch support for homosexuality, abortion and contraception.  Given that the one thing that Lilianne Ploumen is known for in the past year is the establishment of a fund that provides hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations that commit abortion and dispense contraception, it is difficult, if not impossible, to separate her recent Pontifical honor from this grievous and scandalous act.

CPS comment: One more reason to join the Rosary Crusade for the Purification of the Church on 2nd February

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10 Responses to Scandalous Pontifical Honour

  1. Mary Salmond says:

    The innocent souls that have been killed in the name of “no other option” are on her soul and the souls of the leaders who promote the death of the unborn. What else can be said?


  2. 000rjbennett says:

    For me, nothing that this pope has done is more disgusting, repulsive, or horrific. I pray every day that God will have mercy on His Church and either convert this pope or bring a swift end to the ravages of this pontificate.


  3. johnservorum says:

    How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
     How long will you hide your face from me?
    How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
    How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

    Psalm 13


  4. Mary Anne says:

    See Alice Von Hildebrand Dame Grand Cross on list of names. Francis knows exactly what he is doing. Psalm 13 was helpful to read. Thank you johnservorum. The Church Militant begs the Church Triumphant to pray for us….!


  5. JabbaPapa says:

    How utterly scandalous and ghastly !!


  6. kathleen says:

    I second what ooorjbennett (Robert) says above: among all the “disgusting, repulsive, or horrific” things this terrible pope has done or said, this must surely be the worst!
    Honouring a well known abortion activist as this wicked woman, by presenting her with the noble title of a most prestigious Order of the Church, is a metaphorical slap in the face to all the Church Triumphant’s saints, martyrs and heroes…. and to those countless little unborn infants who were murdered by her help!
    Francis, sometimes pretending otherwise, is no Defender or Protector of the Catholic Church’s Deposit of Faith. He mocks it!

    What are those few remaining Francis adorers (those who whine and protest Catholics who critisise Francis’ constant shenanigans) going to say now about this latest treacherous action? No real Catholic could ever defend it!


  7. Mary Salmond says:

    Most won’t know who Ploumen is, nor investigate what she’s an activist for.


  8. Toad says:

    Isn’t it high time CP&S removed the photograph of Pope Francis? (And replaced it with, say, one of President Trump?)

    [Moderator – Tut-tut, Toad, we can’t do that because he ain’t Catholic… yet!]


  9. Kpiz says:

    fake news


    [Moderator – Really? Perhaps you could give us some proof that this report is “fake news”? To date we haven’t found any. Besides, it is not the first time Pope Francis has publicly lauded an abortionist advocate.]


  10. kathleen says:

    I’ve just seen this:

    In response to many questions from both The Netherlands and abroad, Cardinal Eijk says that he was not involved in the application for the title Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great, which former minister L. Ploumen received last year. Cardinal Eijk was also unaware of the fact that this papal award was requested for her.


    Just one other thought…
    Has anyone else spotted the hypocrisy in Ploumen naming the NGO abortion provider she launched SheDecides? Who is this “she” Ploumen refers to? Only the mother? What about the baby? Well over 50% of the millions of abortions performed every year are made on female babies. So where is their right (and of course that of the baby boys as well) to “decide” whether or not they wish to be ripped out of their mother’s womb in agony? Not one of these infants would ever have decided such a ghastly death over the gift of life!

    Gianna Jessen, miraculously born alive during a saline abortion, would have a few things to say about this NGO killing organisation and its twisted name!

    Ploumen is a monster… and anyone “honouring” her evil work is likewise tarnished.


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