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Developing nations are being flooded with contraceptives and subjected to pressure to legalise abortion. Given that contraception and environmentalism so often go hand-in-hand it is deeply troubling that Church teaching on the primacy of procreation is not reaffirmed.
The encyclical calls for increased international environmental action in paragraphs 173-175, while neglecting to prepare Catholics for what such action will undoubtedly involve: renewed attempts to further impose contraception and abortion on the developing world.
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Immigration failed to win Catholic voters for the Clinton/Kaine
ticket in 2016, and will fail again the future, given the growing alarm
in European countries such as France, Sweden, and Germany over their
open borders policy. Thus, the Catholic Left, once again, has to look
elsewhere for a non-negotiable they can call their own. They are in
the process of appropriating an issue that had already become an arrow
in the quiver of leftwing politicians — climate change. After all, the 2014 encyclical Laudato Si’ of
Pope Francis provided the perfect cover, at least in ecclesial
circles. Pope Francis explains why the “ecological crisis” is the
purpose of his encyclical.
It is my hope that this Encyclical Letter, which is now added to the
body of the Church’s social teaching, can help us to acknowledge the
appeal, immensity and urgency of the challenge we face. I will begin by
briefly reviewing several aspects of the present ecological crisis, with
the aim of drawing on the results of the best scientific research
available today, letting them touch us deeply and provide a concrete
foundation for the ethical and spiritual itinerary that follows. I will
then consider some principles drawn from the Judaeo-Christian tradition
which can render our commitment to the environment more coherent… (Laudato Si’ 15).
Readers may remember that forty years earlier TIME announced in 1974 that
the Earth was headed for another Ice Age. With this apocalyptic
warning, global warming was introduced to the public mind. The
notion didn’t gain much popularity until the cause was taken up by
former Vice President Al Gore in his 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”
What Gore proclaimed as inconvenient has become extremely convenient
for the Catholic Left because it represents a life issue they can
embrace. After all, this was a matter of life and death, not merely of
an unborn child, but of the entire human race and the whole planet. What
could be more pro-life than that!
What was called global warming, however, had to be discarded for climate change when the bogus content of Gore’s film, and the science backing it,
was disclosed. Under the brand of climate change, the apocalyptic
message of total annihilation was given new life, and millions of
dollars in grant monies flowed to university scientists willing and able
to read the data in conformity with a pre-determined outcome. To be
labeled a climate change denier not only meant no grant money, or academic future, it became a moral stigma.
(Because, after all, the only previously operative use of the term denier was connected with the Holocaust, making it obvious to anyone
that the extermination of Jews and disputing the findings of scientists
are morally equivalent.)
More. . .
Jan 12 17 8:54 AM
One of the most penetrating themes of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'
critiques the manner in which the technocratic paradigm has taken hold
in the modern world as a form of mastery over the earth which claims to
make infinite progress possible for humanity. This paradigm, Francis
writes, exalts the concept of a subject who, using logical and rational
procedures, progressively approaches and gains control over an external
object. This control is achieved using scientific concepts and an
engineering perspective, which inevitably bring with them a sense of
possession, mastery and transformation.
is the fire bell warning the world that it must reject the technocratic
paradigm and treat the earth as our home, a sacred gift bestowed upon
us by our Creator as a grace destined to benefit all of humanity and
every generation. Pope Francis testifies to the reality that we are
called to be the stewards and servants of creation, rather than its
masters. We are called to have an awe for the environment in all of its
magnificence, vitality and fragility. Policy decisions must proceed from
this sense of awe and stewardship, and technological perspectives must
be seen as mere instruments of a much richer order of justice.
Mar 6 17 7:26 AM
Since publishing his controversial encyclical on the environment Laudato Si’ earlier this year, the Pope has been accused of putting far too much faith in the doomsday predictions of his green activist advisors — such as the fanatical German warmist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber — and rather too little trust in the hard scientific evidence which shows that the whole “global warming” scare has been monstrously overblown.
But few have put it quite so forthrightly. In a piece entitled “Why I Am Boycotting Pope Francis’ Address to Congress,” Gosar [ Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)] says:
The earth’s climate has been changing since God created it, with or without man. On that, we should all agree. In Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment (written with the consultation of that great seminary the EPA and its embattled head Gina McCarthy), he condemned anyone skeptical of the link between human activity and climate change and adopted the false science being propagated by the Left. If the Pope wants to devote his life to fighting climate change then he can do so in his personal time. But to promote questionable science as Catholic dogma is ridiculous.
Conservative Catholics and many others are terrified of what is to come. Some fear that the Roman Catholic Church has joined the campaign for a global socialist state that could turn into an anti-Christian tyranny.
Dr. Timothy Ball, author of The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science, told me during a recent interview,
I think the Catholic Church is regretting making him the pope. They did it because the previous pope was starting to deal with the problems of pedophilia and corruption in the money in the church. So the powerful Cardinals pushed him [Benedict] aside. It wasn’t a health matter at all. He just realized he couldn’t beat them…He [Francis] is bringing in these socialist ideas. He’s already expressed some of them—about inequities of wealth, redistributing the wealth, which are themes you’ve heard from Obama.
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