In a leaked draft of the forthcoming encyclical on the environment the pope says:
Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family.
The document gives climate change an almost ontological import:
The relationship between individuals or communities and the environment ultimately stems from their relationship with God. When man turns his back on the Creator’s plan, he provokes a disorder which has inevitable repercussions on the rest of the created order.
This is truly epochal, everything will change, or it will be a worse disaster than Humanae Vitae:
I am not looking forward to this encyclical. I wish the Pope would stick to faith and morals and the unchanging teaching of the Church and not venture into areas of prudential judgment. From what I understand, there has not been any sign of global warming in 15 years. Climate change has always been with us and there have been periods in the earth’s history that have been much warmer than present. Thus, I am a skeptic when it comes to man-made climate change, though of course on a local basis we can see man-made effects of pollution, desertification and other problems. Yes, our relationship with God does bear on our relationship with the environment. I’m with Pope Benedict’s human ecology on this one—and St. Paul’s words in Romans 8:
19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God;[b] 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope;21 because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
If Pope Francis builds his encyclical around this, then I will breathe a sigh of relief.
The idea that with the election of Pope Francis, a secretive and deeply sinister power group now has the Catholic Church ‘in the bag’ will only be enhanced by news of a Papal encyclical on the environment and the attending ‘intervention’ that Pope Francis hopes to make at the UN Climate meeting in Paris this year.
Should it receive the benediction of Pope Francis, the international climate change movement will receive a huge public boost even though the science on the issue of man-made climate change is far from settled. That there are plenty of people for whom the climate change agenda is a gigantic scam that seeks to persuade mankind that he is ultimately responsible for the vicissitudes of nature might not worry Pope Francis, but should he decide to embrace the international climate change dogmas, he will be met with great resistance from many people who will believe that the Catholic Church has exchanged a group of supernatural beliefs for a man-made natural myth.
He goes on to capture some of the concerns I have, after having observed how some statist, leftist and politically correct ideas show up in some progressive Catholic circles, giving rise to the dichotomy between pro-life Catholics and social justice Catholics. There should be no dichotomy. And let’s drop the word “social” and go back to traditional justice, okay?
And lest there be any confusion, I am for protecting the environment, and for behaving responsibly regarding our resources and the air we breathe. But I have noticed, too, that the environment is considerably cleaner than it was when I was a kid and that it takes economic wealth to add the scrubbers on smoke stacks, to make and drive fuel efficient cars, and to clean up rivers and so on. Private enterprise has done a lot better job of protecting the environment than big government and it’s best when the government and private enterprise cooperate for the sake of the common good. A glance at the environmental havoc in China or the former Soviet Union is a case in point. Corporatism or state capitalism, crony capitalism is not free enterprise.
Bones continues, my emphases:
Sensible priests, sensible bishops, sensible laity and even a prominent Cardinal who has publicly rejected much of the climate change agenda on the record, will be deeply antagonised by the political interference of this Pope not just because this is a wholly unnecessary intervention into politics but because it is difficult to distinguish between the major protagonists in the climate change agenda and the population control enthusiasts who are sworn enemies of the Catholic Church. These may henceforth consider a Pope who feels we shouldn’t “obsess” about abortion and homosexuality a natural and hugely influential ally of epic, perhaps ‘biblical’, proportions.
The leading protagonists orchestrating the Culture of Death will quite happily embrace a Catholic Church that has, due to a ‘climate emergency’ prostituted itself to an inhuman agenda condemned by Francis’s predecessors, and worry little should the Supreme Pontiff, from time to time, make a remark condemning abortion and euthanasia because, after all, if a Pope didn’t say those things from time to time, you’d be forgiven for wondering whether he was a Pope at all. The grievance caused by any such comments would be transcended by the great cause of their rejoicing – that the Catholic Church had signed up to the falsification of science in the creation of a new, global, naturalist religion in which some form of human sacrifice is considered a ‘necessary evil’.