Pomp and circumstance will surround the pope’s visit to the United States next Tuesday, after he visits with communist Raul Castro in Cuba. President Obama is greeting him, a special chair is being built for him, there will be a papal radio station 24/7 to follow his movements. He will speak before Congress, the U.N. and he will draw a spotlight on the economy that he claims deprives the poor and even kills – he is not talking about statist economies. He will address unfettered illegal immigration and unvetted refugees.
He is the religious leader of one-third of the United States population and will have an impact.
Catholics don’t have to believe any of what he says on this matter or follow it since it is the scientific section of the encyclical and is not a matter of faith and morals.
THE TEN NON-COMMANDMENTS
I. Illegal Immigration
In June, Pope Francis said Americans who worry about illegal immigration and the financial burden it imposes on taxpayers and institutions should seek God’s forgiveness.
“I invite you all to ask forgiveness for the persons and the institutions who close the door to these people who are seeking a family, who are seeking to be protected,” he said.
While in communist Bolivia, Pope Francis said, “Many people are hoping for a change capable of releasing them from the bondage of individualism and the despondency it spawns,” he said in a speech at a World Meeting of Popular Movements sponsored by Communist dictator Evo Morales on July 10th.
The Pope calls the Earth’s climate a “common good.” He criticizes “individualism” by name on several occasions in his encyclical, Laudato Si. For example:
“Disinterested concern for others, and the rejection of every form of self-centeredness and self-absorption, are essential if we truly wish to care for our brothers and sisters and for the natural environment. These attitudes also attune us to the moral imperative of assessing the impact of our every action and personal decision on the world around us. If we can overcome individualism, we will truly be able to develop a different lifestyle and bring about changes in society.”
III. Education Must Focus on Collectivism and Environment
This last chapter is Francis’ prognosis talks of the need for ecological conversion or rebirth of moral perspective—an “integral ecology” that is also an “authentic humanism.”
He believes that “the natural environment is a collective good”—not something to be held privately or exclusively for the benefit of the few at the expense of the many, now or in the future (93-95). That sounds like the Marxist opposition to private property.
The Pope ascribed poverty and equality to a system that “has become global…a system has imposed the mentality of profit at any price, with no concern for social exclusion or the destruction of nature”. He does’t mean Communism or Socialism.
In 2013, Pope Francis sharply criticized growing economic inequality and free markets. He decried an “idolatry of money” in secular culture and warned that it would lead to “a new tyranny.”
At the time, he was highly critical of conservative economics.
“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” Francis wrote in the papal statement. “This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed.”
The pope wasn’t critical of the dictators of the world and their communist/fascist enslavement of their own peoples in his statement, he was critical of “trickle-down economics.”
V. Global Government
Pope Francis wants immediate “structural change” and he wants “a change which can affect the entire world, since global interdependence calls for global answers to local problems.”
He has visions of a new world order after the “cultural revolution” to stop the climate from changing:
“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.”
He wants global government with all the world’s statist nations feeding off the wealth and resources of the “rich” nations. Coincidentally, that is what Barack Obama wants.
“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. He appears to be a de-growther.
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.”
Competition is out. The only legitimate human relationships are based on compassion, harmony and love, and arrangements based on self-interest and competition are inherently destructive.
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.
According to Sister Simone Campbell, the Pope was very clear in his encyclical. Rather than the role of politics being to control government, he believes that the role of politics is “to control the economy . . . and provide an appropriate bound on free market capitalism.”
He has called for a global authority “tackling…the reduction of pollution and the development of poor countries and regions.” He wants a super-UN to deal with the world’s economic problems and injustices as it the current socialist UN isn’t bad enough.
This global authority would tax globally to take from the rich nations and give to the poor. Since most richer nations will not cooperate, it will fall on the U.S.
He rejects carbon credits and demands a global accord. The world’s rich must take steps to mitigate the damage by reducing consumption and reliance on fossil fuels.
He calls for more ‘investment’ in renewable energy and in others for evening out the “ecological debt” between the Northern and Southern hemispheres, wealthy and poor countries.
He called for totalitarian institutions to impose penalties: “…we need institutions empowered to impose penalties for damage inflicted on the environment.”
“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?
VII. Free Markets
He has been highly critical of conservative economics.
Pope Francis emphatically states that markets are not the solution to climate change. As a global society, he says, we are far too sanguine about the ability of markets to fix our problems. Rather, they are a way for the rich to continue overconsuming, under the guise of paying for their sins. As such, Pope Francis urges us “to reject a magical conception of the market.”
VIII. Air Conditioning
In his encyclical, the pope lambasts wasteful consumerism and unchecked human economic activity as a root of climate change, singling out one product in particular for censure: the air conditioner. “A simple example [of harmful habits of consumption] is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning,” Francis writes. “The markets, which immediately benefit from sales, stimulate ever greater demand. An outsider looking at our world would be amazed at such behavior, which at times appears self-destructive.”
It reminded me of Mr. Obama’s comments to African college students in which he said something similar to the young people living in a developing country that’s hotter than Hell much of the time. In 2013, while speaking to the students at the University of Soweto, President Obama said, “Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over — unless we find new ways of producing energy.”
IX. Arms Manufacturers
The Pope took on the arms industry – not ISIS, the arms industry – lashing out at the “industry of death” — and condemning those who “live off war.”
The remarks came in response to a question from one of the 7,000 teachers, parents and children participating in an audience with the Pontiff, ANSA reports.
“This is serious,” Francis said. “Some powerful people make their living with the production of arms. It’s the industry of death.”
He sees the need for politics – sound public policies – to govern economics and to apply the principle of “subsidiarity.” [redistribution]
In one of the most economically liberal statements made by any Pope, Francis called for “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.”
In May 2014, Pope Francis called on United Nations leaders to take better care of the poor and advocated for a “legitimate redistribution” of wealth.
“Equitable economic and social progress can only be attained by joining scientific and technical abilities with an unfailing commitment to solidarity” with the poor, the Pope said, in addition to a new spirit of generosity, according to a transcript published by Vatican Radio.
He blamed apathy and greed and called on developing countries to limit the use of nonrenewable energy and to assist poorer nations.
Francis said that developing countries, as the biggest producers of harmful greenhouse gasses, owe the poorer nations a debt. “The developed countries ought to help pay this debt by significantly limiting their consumption of nonrenewable energy and by assisting poorer countries to support policies and programs of sustainable development.”
In one particularly blunt passage, Francis wrote: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish. … Frequently no measures are taken until after people’s health has been irreversibly affected.”
The collectivists and the liberal atheists suddenly love the Pope and are praising his encyclical .
Pope Francis, however, is not a scientist or an economist. He has a two-year degree outside high school and he uses advisors who are communists like Naomi Klein who wants Capitalism overturned. He gets his advice from leftists, population control extremists and scientific pantheists like Hans Schellnhuber.
Rick Santorum, a Republican presidential contender and devout Catholic, has urged Pope Francis to leave “science to the scientists.” The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank that refutes the reality of global warming, even sent a delegation of scientists to the Vatican in an attempt to persuade Francis to stand down.
Bad Catholics are rallying around Pope Francis and can’t praise him enough, Catholics like Joe Biden who was condemned by 26 Bishops for his position on abortion, Nancy Pelosi who has been told she must not receive communion for her position on abortion among other things, Kathleen Sebellius has also been called out for violating her faith, Patrick Kennedy, and so on.
We all must be good stewards of the earth, of course, but carbon dioxide does not cause pollution as he says. When he argues against air conditioning, he looks silly.
His encyclical is a Doomsday prediction. In paragraph 61, he says we must reject Doomsday predictions, but in 161, he says we should take Doomsday predictions seriously.
He thinks some people are poor because others are rich. He suggests the free market stands in the way of liberty. Individualism stands in the way of helping the collective poor.
We don’t have proof that every weather event is caused by climate change, we don’t know for certain that man is causing it, and we certainly don’t know if we can change the climate in any significant way, but he’s bought into it in a most extreme way.
America’s rugged individualism and self-reliance has made the country the greatest on earth and it is the very Capitalism he condemns that could help the poor.
Associated Pravda has begun their propaganda.