Interview about the Encyclical with Bill Donohue of The Catholic League.
Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change in our world which is “an immense pile of filth”. The Pope has a dark, pessimistic message on technology, capitalism, mining, fossil fuels, innovation, competition and equates all to materialism and the destruction of the planet and society. He does not see economic growth as lifting people out of poverty.
The Pope doesn’t want to improve the current economic and political systems, he wants to destroy them and build something new and says exactly that.
His papal encyclical – a teaching document which is more of a policy document – will be read in Catholic churches throughout the world and will be welcomed by our leftist president, socialists, Marxists, corrupt solar and wind corporations, and totalitarians in government who have co-opted the green movement.
In fact, POTUS tweeted this:
Inspired by what @Pontifex wrote on climate change. Agree we have a moral responsibility to act to protect our kids and God’s creation.
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 18, 2015
He doesn’t agree with the pope on much else but he agrees with him on this.
The 184-page encyclical is entitled “Laudato Si.” The Italian phrase means “Praised Be To You,” and it appears in the “Canticle of the Sun,” a song penned by St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology.
There is little question that Pope Francis wants global equality governed by a global body implementing regulations and penalties. There is little question that he relied heavily on great religious men and Marxists for his encyclical. It’s right there in the footnotes.
He sees global warming as destroying the earth during this century, creating poverty and terrorists and causing wars.
Read the full encyclical and make your own decision because it will be misquoted by both sides of the political equation in this battle for the soul of individualism, capitalism, the free market, and progress.
Pope Francis proclaims in his new encyclical that “there is an urgent need to move forward with a bold, cultural revolution.” The new beginning he calls for comes from the leftist Earth Charter, The Hague.
The encyclical relies heavily on the leftist Pontifical Council for [Social] Justice and Peace. They have called for global citizenship.
As an aside, they embrace the following ideals:
…the universal destination of goods and the right of everyone to have what is necessary for her or his well-being; preferential love is for the poor; and they strongly believe in the principle of subsidiarity, on the basis of which societies of a “superior order” must adopt attitudes of help for “lower-order societies, e.g. the state should support, promote, and develop the family.”
In the Encyclical one can see a rejection of the free market, fossil fuels, individualism, the rich and it appears to endanger sovereignty.
He quotes from the Fifth General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Bishops: “the interests of economic groups which irrationally demolish sources of life should not prevail in dealing with natural resources.”
Who is he referring to and who decides that? The dictators in their nations? Who are the targets they are referring to?
He quotes several times from the Marxist Rio Declaration of 1992 and one quote demands we ignore deniers and proceed with their agenda, “…where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a pretext for postponing cost-effective measures.”
Who will decide that? Barack Obama? John Kerry? Marxist nations in the U.N.?
Francis doesn’t believe that individuals bettering themselves will be enough. In addition, he says, “the work of dominating the world calls for a union and skills and a unity of achievement that can only grow from quite a different attitude…lasting change…community conversion.”
That line was taken from Romano Guardini, a renowned philosopher and religious leader who rejects the extremes of communism and individualism – he puts both on the same level.
Pope Francis referred frequently to the lives and writings of St. Francis, St. Bartholomew, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to frame the need to protect our planet and to claim it is a sin to continue along the path we are on.
“Nobody is suggesting a return to the Stone Age, but we do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way,” he said in a mitigating tone.
He wants us to “work together and build our common home”. That working together would have to be through the communist/socialist U.N. undoubtedly since he wants a global apparatus to govern it.
To Pope Francis, the science is settled and it is as urgent as Barack Obama says it is. He is opposed to deniers.
“Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We require a new and universal solidarity.”
“International policy” must be established, he said, indicating a globalism that would reach into U.S. sovereignty.
Francis uses a phrase “rapidification” to say human activity is moving too fast for the slow pace of biological evolution. He sees them as irrevocably intertwined.
To Francis, we are polluting the earth and in doing so, killing the poor. We accumulate dangerous waste and “the earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”
He has bought into the global warming alarmism and insists we must immediately change course.
Based on a “very solid consensus”, he wrote, there is a “disturbing warming of the climactic system” with a “constant rise in the sea levels” and an “increase of extreme weather events”. Humans must change their “lifestyles, production, and consumption to combat this.
Many would disagree with that.
In what results in being a slap at the U.S., he said:
“Many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms, simply making efforts to reduce some of the negative impacts of climate change.”
“We all know that it is not possible to sustain the present level of consumption in developed countries and wealthier sectors of society, where the habit of wasting and discarding has reached unprecedented levels. The exploitation of the planet has already exceeded acceptable limits and we still have not solved the problem of poverty.”
And we won’t solve the problem of poverty as long as there are people who won’t help themselves and there are evil dictators, regardless of what the pope thinks.
Despite the scarcity of water, it is being “privatized” and kept from the poor, he said, though it is a “human right.”
“The earth’s resources are being plundered” and we have “destroyed thousands of God’s creations, he insisted.
He is not a supporter of privatization.
When I read this, I recalled the words of an African dictator who said the U.S. has stolen the wealth of the earth and kept Africa from progressing.
He is in part opposed to “privatization” because it has “restricted peoples’ access to places of particular beauty.”
One must wonder if Francis would agree with the BLM and the EPA as they pass Draconian laws and rob private owners of their land. He called for greater protection in areas richer “both in the number of species and in endemic, rare, or less protected species.”
Who will decide this? Government, he says.
He blames the growth of unruly cities on pollution. He says the are huge, inefficient, wasteful. If he closely examined ours, he would discover the very liberal policies he extolls have helped make that happen.
Fortunately, he condemns population control and abortion beginning on page 35. That will drive liberals nuts.
What is the cause of inequity among individuals and entire countries? It is, according to him, due to the “disproportionate use of natural resources by certain countries over long periods of time.” He is including the United States of course. He doesn’t mention the despots who rob their people in statist countries throughout the world.
Pope Francis is a globalist as one would expect of a religious man who cares about the world.
What is needed, he believes, is “the legal framework which can set clear boundaries and ensure the protection of ecosystems.” It’s “indispensable.”
He noted the increase in air conditioners as a problem which reminded me of Obama’s comments to African college students in which he told then to use less air conditioning while he basks in luxury.
Francis warns that the depletion of certain resources will lead to war magnified by nuclear arms and biological weapons. Blame in his mind is on speculators, those with financial interests, and the lack of a world organization to govern resources.
It is a sin to not accept global warming and the statist remedies. For “to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God”.
“Production is not always rational, and is usually tied to economic variables which assign to products a value that does not necessarily correspond to their real worth. This frequently leads to an overproduction of some commodities, with unnecessary impact on the environment and with negative results on regional economies. The financial bubble also tends to be a productive bubble. The problem of the real economy is not confronted with vigour, yet it is the real economy which makes diversification and improvement in production possible.”
Overproduction? Does that mean ordering too many hula hoops during the craze? Who would control production then? The global government?
This brings back visions of Jesus Christ on the hill preaching about overproduction and control of consumption through government limits on production. Just kidding. This sounds like it was written by a financial advisor with a socialist bent, not a religious person.
He then urges moderation along with a new means of production.
“Whenever these questions are raised, some react by accusing others of irrationally attempting to stand in the way of progress and human development. But we need to grow in the conviction that a decrease in the pace of production and consumption can at times give rise to another form of progress and development.
Efforts to promote a sustainable use of natural resources are not a waste of money, but rather an investment capable of providing other economic benefits in the medium term.
If we look at the larger picture, we can see that more diversified and innovative forms of production which impact less on the environment can prove very profitable. It is a matter of openness to different possibilities which do not involve stifling human creativity and its ideals of progress, but rather directing that energy along new channels.”
Is the pope our spiritual leader or our economic leader who wants global control over the production and consumption of goods?
He sees the need for politics – sound public policies – to govern economics and to apply the principle of “subsidiarity.” [That is redistribution]
His goal for education:
“Environmental education … tends now to include a critique of the “myths” of a modernity grounded in a utilitarian mindset (individualism, unlimited progress, competition, consumerism, the unregulated market).”
He called for totalitarian institutions to impose penalties.
“…we need institutions empowered to impose penalties for damage inflicted on the environment.”
He has visions of a new world order after the revolution:
“Every effort to protect and improve our world entails profound changes in “lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the established structures of power which today govern societies.”
“Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain, ” the pope insisted. We must believe them.
He said developed, industrialized countries are responsible for the “unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequence for all of us” and we must take swift action.
The pope who barely notices the genocide of Christians and others around the world, who doesn’t notice the raping and pillaging by communist and statist dictators throughout the world, sees “climate change” as a “global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenge facing humanity in our day.”
There is much to admire in the encyclical. Pope Francis is concerned about the neighborhoods for the poor, the large conglomerates taking over small farms and the need to replace excessive, short-term consumerism with more simplicity and long-term goals. He is concerned about our souls but acts as a quasi-politician.
Emboldened words and phrases are mine.