Global Warming at the Vatican

Pontifical Academies host conference "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity"

 

The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences on Tuesday hosted a workshop at the Vatican called "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity". - AFP

The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences on Tuesday hosted a workshop at the Vatican called “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity.”  (AFP)

The following comes from an April 28 Vatican Radio story:

The Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences on Tuesday hosted a workshop at the Vatican called Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity.

The meeting included the participation of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the Italian President Sergio Mattarella. One of the organizers of the event was Member of the Pontifical Academy of Science and climate scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan of the University of California at San Diego.

“We have not taken any action on climate change in spite of overwhelming science,” he told Vatican Radio. “The issue has become…a huge moral and ethical issue,” Dr. Ramanathan continued. “This involves the type of planet we are leaving behind for future generations.

“The other important moral dimension is that most of the emission of this global-warming pollutants is coming from the wealthy one billion, but the worst consequences of that will be experienced by the poorest three billion,” he added.

Veerabhadran Ramanathan (right) professor of climate and atmospheric sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, meets with Pope Francis. Ramanathan has advocated for religious leaders to take up the cause of environmental stewardship

Veerabhadran Ramanathan (right), professor of climate and atmospheric sciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, meets with Pope Francis. Ramanathan has advocated for religious leaders to take up the cause of environmental stewardship. (UCSD News).

Dr. Ramanathan said religious leaders have to become part of the debate, because they represent the voice of morality.

“Once it has become a moral issue, scientists like me have no authority to speak about it, then I think of this whole climate change problem has gone into the domains of religion, and the Catholic Church, I feel, is one of the most powerful supporters of protecting the earth and being good stewards of the planet,” he said.

The scientist said he was also pleased with the involvement of both Pontifical Academies, because it brought together natural scientists with social scientists to tackle all sides of the issue.

“To my mind, it is the first time there is a meeting being held between science, policy, and religion, so it is a historic meeting,” he said.

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  1. No Catholic must adhere to the personal opinions of the Pope.

    No Catholic must adhere to junk science.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      Exactly Lannie, we have always had Popes give their personal opinions They are human and sometimes get caught up with views that are affecting their time. God have mercy on them and on us.

      • Ann Malley says:

        …another sign of tremendous growth, Abeca! I am glad this thread has you understanding that the Pope is not supreme in “all” that he says.

        God have mercy indeed.

        The Holy Father NEEDS us to be faithful to the Faith. THAT will help him! Much like the Vendee in France aided priests to not abjure. Making excuses and avoiding topics, even when they are ugly and frightening to entertain, only leaves our prelates abandoned to the wolves of increasing societal pressure.

        • Abeca Christian says:

          Ann Malley I cant help it that you are a slow listener. Its what we have always conveyed but why keep repeating because it only feeds your bitterness and prejudices. Be a better observer so you wont post twisted perceptions of people. You have no clue. You are on the outside harrassing those of us who fight the good fight.

          • Ann Malley says:

            …Abeca, the fact that I observe the inconsistency of your applied logic is what makes you think you are being harassed. Sorry if you feel that way. Be consistent with the knowledge you have gained and that feeling will disappear. Honesty and truth will take its place. Trust in Jesus as you say. Trust in Truth. And then you will not have to keep repeating how “you” are fighting the good fight.

            Virtue shows itself. But the one who keeps declaring it of themselves lacks true knowledge and humility.

            Even so, I’m glad you do, underneath it all, understand that the Pope is not a walking Oracle. This is progress. God bless!

      • Anonymous says:

        When a Pope issues an encyclical, such as Pope Benedict XVI Caritas in Veretate is the second most important kind of papal document. It is an exhortation on doctrinal issues and is binding on the faithful.
        The section on the environment begins in number 48. He explains why it is a moral issue.
        “The Church has a responsibility towards creation and she must assert this responsibility in the public sphere. In so doing, she must defend not only earth, water and air as gifts of creation that belong to everyone. She must above all protect mankind from self-destruction. … the decisive issue is the overall moral tenor of society. If there is a lack of respect for the right to life and to a natural death, if human conception, gestation and birth are made artificial, if human embryos are sacrificed to research, the conscience of society ends up losing the concept of human ecology and, along with it, that of environmental ecology. It is contradictory to insist that future generations respect the natural environment when our educational systems and laws do not help them to respect themselves. The book of nature is one and indivisible: it takes in not only the environment but also life, sexuality, marriage, the family, social relations: in a word, integral human development. Our duties towards the environment are linked to our duties towards the human person, considered in himself and in relation to others.

  2. Elizabeth M says:

    There has been so much skulduggery in the global warming thesis. JUST follow the money. Now that Pope Francis, with all that is going on, gets involved with abortionists and other unsavory characters to lend credence to it is a big mistake. What happens if it is proven to be false? Personally I just wish that he would be quiet for a day.

    • Steve Phoenix says:

      Well said: all these groups (“Protect the Earth,” etc) are pro-abortion advocates. And this is whom you wish to join up with, PF?

      I have long feared this “encyclical”, completely out of the proper purview of papal authority, was coming. I guess he wants to fulfill La Salette.

  3. Steve Phoenix says:

    Ramanathan has been any climate change cheerleader for years and so is Jeffrey Sachs: So It will be easy to see which side of the matter Pope Francis will decide to dogmatize. No counter-vailing scientists have been invited either. This will be the final blow against papal a thority

  4. It has not yet been proved that the earth is warming, and many scientists say it is not a fact. It’s a popular issue with the liberals and leftists. The church has many serious problems that it needs to deal with before it goes into issues that seem to be mainly political.

    • False.

      There is overwhelming observational evidence of rising mean atmospheric temperature. NASA has detailed charts dating to the1880s:
      http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldOfChange/decadaltemp.php

      Glacier core samples provide accurate levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases as far back as 800,000 years:
      http://cdiac.ornl.gov/trends/co2/ice_core_co2.html

      They progressively go off the charts since the Industrial Revolution (the petrochemical age), which bears no relation to any pattern in close to a billion years, and has an obvious cause; us.
      http://cdiac.ornl.gov/trends/co2/graphics/lawdome.gif

      Issues of life and death are political. As are religions.

      Interesting article about how climate change likely contributed directly to the emergence of ISIS.
      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/03/150302-syria-war-climate-change-drought/

      • Gratias says:

        Global warming was what happened 700 million years ago when the oceans were almost completely frozen over in “the snowball earth” – Google it. We unfroze because of massive volcanic eruptions that released tons of CO2 without any human activity.

        The main factor at present is solar, not human, activity. It was only 10,000 years ago that the last glacial age ended. Even since then we had some warmer and some colder periods. Greenland was colonized by Vikings when it was still green, and grapes were cultivated in England. There has been no warming for the last16 years.

      • Dottie says:

        Hugh in the 1970’s some of us remember scientists predictions of “Global Cooling” which they expected to lead to another ice age.
        Now they are bringing ‘global cooling’ back (as can be found on the internet) because 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than in 2012.

        We should just do everything we can as individuals to respect the Earth by keeping it clean – and leave the rest to God.

  5. St. Christopher says:

    To the extent that the Pope uncritically accepts the “global warming” politics of the UN and of the Democratic Party in the USA, he is a fool.

    The only role for Francis, and for the Church, is to light the way for Mankind to find salvation. That is it.

    Of course, the media may be spinning the Vatican’s embrace of global warming, and the exclusion of competing scientific voices. But, one wonders.

    The Pope is to be working on something for the Church regarding the “environment”. The global warming people, just like the homosexual sexualists people, want to quash any dissenting voices (regardless how well founded). Regardless, it is not the role of the Pope or the Church, to foist an economic redistributionist model on the world. Francis is a child of Liberation Theology, and is something that, for reasons known only to the Holy Ghost, has been inserted into our lives. We must pray for him, as Pope, but no one is obligated to follow anything he says or commands about the economy, about the environment, or about “the theology of the people”.

    • Elizabeth M says:

      Yes, very good St. Christopher. I like your comment and I wish that I knew the answer as to why the Holy Spirit inserted Pope Francis into our lives. I pray for him and all priests every day.

      • Abeca Christian says:

        Elizabeth M I am with your same sentiments and still pray for our Pope and I leave in God’s hands. God is in control and He is most merciful. Often times I wonder why our Lord permits this or that? But that is how life flows. We don’t always have answers to everything and we must not get caught up with people’s theories, we must just remain faithful and pray in humility, it helps us keep meek. I agree with your sentiments and kind charity towards the situation.

        • Ann Malley says:

          ….I am glad to hear you extol the virtue of meekness, Abeca. I hope you exercise humble acceptance in future by sticking to “official” Church proclamations when attempting to address other situations for which you don’t have the answers.

          When you get caught up in personal theories, it demonstrates a distrust in Our Lord who permits what He wills. I am glad you are calming with prayer and the reality that much “must be left in God’s hands.”

          That said, I too pray for Our Pope, understanding that God allows much from His permissive will. Sometimes it is a punishment for our own sins and negligences in not having protected/appreciated the fullness of what He has given to us.

          So many compromises and so much ambiguity lead to so much confusion. Would that we all, from the top down, adhered to the Faith.

  6. If Church leaders cared as much about saving souls as they do about saving the planet, we could all rest easier. Burt Modernists are running the show now and regularly assure us that there can be no return to pre-Vatican II days when things of God were more important than things of Earth. There will be a return to the Church Christ established (the pendulum always swings) in however many decades or centuries, but can we afford to wait that long?

  7. GOD is in charge of the world. In times past, much of the earth was covered in ice and snow. When we read Genesis, water covered the entire earth. Sea fossils have been found in Switzerland, so the earth has changed. Nature is more powerful than man. Despite all the mess and garbage that is deposited, nature heals herself. To say that mankind is the cause of global warming is silly if not down right blasphemy. By the Vatican uttering such nonsense, people will continue to distrust the Catholic Church. I personally believe that Pope Francis is destroying the Church just as Obama is destroying the United States.

    • Genesis is not a geological record. It is a collection of myths and legends.

      The sea fossils found in the Swiss Alps are 230 million years old, which makes them about 229.75 million years older than our species, and 229.99 million years older than Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, from which the Judaic Noah was derived.

      At that time, the Earth looked more like this:
      http://io9.com/heres-what-pangea-looks-like-mapped-with-modern-politi-509812695

      The answer there is plate tectonics and time… not a flood that occurred in the past 5000 years.

  8. This is what we are required to believe:
    CCC: ” 339 Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection. For each one of the works of the “six days” it is said: “And God saw that it was good.”
    “By the very nature of creation, material being is endowed with its own stability, truth and excellence, its own order and laws.”
    Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness.
    Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature, to avoid any disordered use of things which would be in contempt of the Creator and would bring disastrous consequences for human beings and their environment. ”

    I wish Church leaders would get back to teaching the Faith and the saving of Souls and leave the temporal to the Laity.

    CCC: ” 898 “By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the LAITY to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will. . . .
    It pertains to them in a special way so to illuminate and order all temporal things with which they are closely associated that these may always be effected and grow according to Christ and maybe to the glory of the Creator and Redeemer.”

    CCC: “909 Moreover, by uniting their forces let the LAITY so remedy the institutions and conditions of the world when the latter are an inducement to sin, that these may be conformed to the norms of justice, favoring rather than hindering the practice of virtue.
    By so doing they will impregnate culture and human works with a moral value. “

    • The Pope and all Bishops need to do their own jobs – Saving Souls for eternity – Faith and Morals only.

      We have a mess within the Church because high ranking Clergy desire to do the job of the Laity as described in the Doctrine of the Faith (CCC). And because they refuse to do their own jobs.

  9. CCC: ” 2442 It is NOT the role of the Pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political structuring and organization of social life.
    This task is part of the vocation of the lay faithful, acting on their own initiative with their fellow citizens.
    Social action can assume various concrete forms. It should always have the common good in view and be in conformity with the message of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church.
    It is the role of the LAITY “to animate temporal realities with Christian commitment, by which they show that they are witnesses and agents of peace and justice.” ”

    High ranking clergy need to do their own jobs.

  10. Does anyone know if Pope Francis is in favor of the communist – Liberation Theology.

    CCC: ” 2411 Contracts are subject to commutative justice which regulates exchanges between persons and between institutions in accordance with a strict respect for their rights.
    Commutative justice obliges strictly;
    it requires safeguarding property rights,
    paying debts, and fulfilling obligations freely contracted.
    Without commutative justice, no other form of justice is possible.
    One distinguishes commutative justice from legal justice which concerns what the citizen owes in fairness to the community,
    and from distributive justice which regulates what the community owes its citizens in proportion to their contributions and needs. “

  11. Jay Tucson says:

    “Global warming” or “climate change” is a Trojan horse for socialism and the promotion of population control, including contraception and abortion. No Catholic should support these “solutions” to this manufactured crisis. Why is the Pope flirting with this issue?

  12. Ban Ki-Moon, Obama and Pope Francis. The new Thatcher, Reagan and Pope John Paul II? Dear God, please help us…

  13. Jim Aroo says:

    I have been watching Church statements on non church matters such as this for 50 years and my observation is this: When the Church gets around to endorsing a political action or trend it means that trend is dead. For example the Church endorsed the Civil Rights Movement ten years after it happened.

    This endorsement means the climate change/global warming movement is finished. Praise God!

  14. I found this section of the Catechism interesting: Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection. For each one of the works of the “six days” it is said: “And God saw that it was good.” “By the very nature of creation, material being is endowed with its own stability, truth, and excellence, its own order and laws.”208 Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness. Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature, to avoid any disordered use of things which would be in contempt of the Creator and would bring disastrous consequences for human beings and their environment. (2501, 299, 266). As Catholics, we are called upon to treat our world with respect and to not do anything to damage it or its creatures. Denying climate change is irresponsible. Denying that we humans do not contribute to that change or hasten it equates to disbelief of settled science. We can’t deny, scientifically, that the climate is changing, irrespective of the quack science that is strewn around the internet. Now, the question is what should we do about our current situation? How can we help prevent more environmental impact, how can we slow it down, etc.?

    • Catherine says:

      “How can we help prevent more environmental impact, how can we slow it down, etc.? ”

      “In the Great Deluge in the days of Noah, nearly all mankind perished, eight persons alone being saved in the Ark. In our days a deluge, not of water but of sins, continually inundates the earth, and out of this deluge very few escape. Scarcely anyone is saved. We are not created for this earth. The end for which God has placed us in the world, is this, that by our good works we may merit eternal life. “The end is life everlasting.” (Rom. vi. 22)’ – St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

    • Anonymous says:

      Bob One, What about time change? Isn’t time change as important as climate change? Or are you a time denier? You need to get your facts straight.

    • Canisius says:

      “Denying that we humans do not contribute to that change or hasten it equates to disbelief of settled science” Settled by whom Bob One… there is not and iota of proof this statement everything is based on rigged models… Its liberals like you that actually believe you can control the weather, is their nothing you people do not want to control

      • Canisius, 1) I’m not liberal in any sense of the word. 2) I don’t want to control anything. 3) I don’t believe you can control the weather. 4) I do believe that people contribute to the pollution in this world. Spend some time in China,or in Delhi, or Rio and you can see what we are doing to the environment; its not good stewardship of the land God gave us. Look at how much of our electricity comes from coal and consider the stupidity of the 80-90s when states and community electric companies were force to tear out their dams that help generate power. Look at the action of the big bus manufacturers that used money to entice cities to tear out their light rail systems and trade them for buses that used diesel oil and rubber tires. We have, as a nation, been more interested in making money than protecting our environment. I will confess that I am, however, a person who would like to see us as a people be more concerned with our environment which the Church Catechism says we must do.

        • Canisius says:

          Bob one 1) yes you are a liberal, 2) liberals want complete control of everything 3) liberals believe they can control anything so long as they are running things 4) As a nation we should be more concerned with growing our economy than bowing the whims of ideologues who would break this nation to pieces if they could…

          • Bob One says:

            Canisius, i do know that Koch Industries is a very successful portfolio of companies that has made its major stockholders billions of dollars. I also know that the Koch brothers have spent over $80 million dollars supporting rogue scientist and organizations that don’t admit to any human contribution to global warming, so that they can influence legislation in this area. I also know that the Koch brothers have pledged just short of a billion dollars to the campaign against whomever the Democrats nominate for President. I know that they are doing everything their money will allow to bring ultra-conservative legislation to as many states as possible. Our courts have stated that they have the right to do this, and it is clear that our Constitution permits free speech. But, we have to ask ourselves if this is how we want our leaders chosen-bought and paid for by the super rich.

          • Canisius says:

            Oh I see Bob One the Left gets its George Soros and Tom Steyer but the Right cannot have the same weapons in their arsenal. You are just another pro-big government Leftist stooge who is against capitalism and private property. I on the other hand detest government and the bureaucratic thugs who can destroy all you work for with a single letter or phone call. When this government is brought to its knees and 100 years of progressive policies are destroyed it will a new day for freedom

        • Marianne D. says:

          BobOne, the CCC talks about the “disordered” use of animals or things.
          God made things for mankinds use per the Bible.
          You are wrong in your personal interpretation of the CCC.

          If people and/or your local and/or your state politicians violate clean water, clean air and zoning laws, what are you doing about it ?
          Do you actively campaign against them at election time ?
          Or are you sitting on your rear end waiting for the UN to take over?

          What are you personally doing to improve those things you see wrong?
          How have you changed your lifestyle that is not required by current law(recycling does not count, already being done by all) ?
          Based upon your post, what do you intend to change your own life effective immediately ?

      • Your Fellow Catholic says:

        Canisius, really. I have to ask. No one here – or anywhere else – has ever said that we “control the weather”. Human activity, insofar as it pours carbon dioxide into the atomosphere at ever increasing rates, influences – influences, not controls – climate in the way that carbon dioxide from any source would influence the weather. CO2 has indeed fluxuated naturally over millions of years, and our planet has gained and lost temperature as a result.

        So are you saying that increasing carbon dioxide does not influence the weather? Or are you denying that humans pour CO2 into the atomosphere? Or are you denying both?

        • Canisius says:

          YFC, it is impossible for liberals to say they do not want to control.. You have totalitarian ideology its in your mindset. I am surround by them and was raised by them I know what and who you people are, and back lash that is coming will be unlike anything you have ever seen. I am denying you, climate change and the entire leftist agenda… If cramming your ideology down our throats puts thousands out of work and causes electricity bill sky rocked so be it.. that’s what you people are.

    • Gratias says:

      BOB One, your pursuit of Obama blinds you. Only10,00 years ago te Great Lakes and Minesotta were under giant glaciers. Vancouver had a layer of ice one mile deep over it. No fossil fuels were consumed by it warmed up nevertheless. So we are in a warming phase. Just a single glacier has been expanding, The Perito Moreno in Patagonia, for the past 50 years. Has nothing to do with human car driving.

      The church got into the wrong company. Pope Francisco does not value institutions and will corrupt the Pontifical Academy of Sciences as well as the sexual habits of the faithful.

      The UN wants global alarmism to collect our taxes and keep the poor poor and dependent. Global warming is an enormous hoax. Francis does not seem very intelligent, or at a minimum chooses bad company.

    • TED B. says:

      BobOne, your statement: “Denying climate change is irresponsible” is irresponsible.
      To be responsible first one must prove that climate change exists outside of expected cyclical earth patterns. And this has been proven by no-one.

      Do you want the Church to lead people astray like when they supported the “earth is flat” theory ?
      (Although it was never a doctrine of the faith.)

      Other than supporting clean air and clean water – necessary for all life – the POPE should keep his nose out of the global warming controversy.
      He has ZERO expertise regarding “global warming’.

  15. Obviously they are “warming up” Catholics for the Pope’s coming encyclical on the environment.

    • If its not in the Bible or CCC, and if the Pope comes up with nonsense – we will be obligated to ignore him.
      The Pope is not God. The Pope is not all-knowing.
      He needs to stick to saving Souls – Faith and Morals only.
      And based upon what is happening in society today and within our own Church – he has a lot of work to do to fulfill his own job description.

      It is the job of the LAITY to take care of temporal affairs – NOT the Pope and not other Clergy. This is per the Doctrine of the Faith which the Pope can not change.

      CCC: ” 2442 It is NOT the role of the Pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political structuring and organization of social life.
      This task is part of the vocation of the lay faithful, acting on their own initiative with their fellow citizens.
      Social action can assume various concrete forms. It should always have the common good in view and be in conformity with the message of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church.
      It is the role of the laity “to animate temporal realities with Christian commitment, by which they show that they are witnesses and agents of peace and justice.”

      CCC: ” 898 “By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the LAITY to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and directing them according to God’s will. . . .
      It pertains to them in a special way so to illuminate and order ALL temporal things with which they are closely associated that these may always be effected and grow according to Christ and maybe to the glory of the Creator and Redeemer.”

    • Dave N., my fear is that when the Pope steps outside his expertise and outside his own job description, rather than sticking to Faith and Morals – he will make the Church look stupid.

      (Then the rest of us will have spend out evangelization time to point out that Global Warming has nothing to do with Doctrine of the Faith, and is merely the Pope’s personal opinion.)

  16. God made everything, and His perfection is evident in all creation. Yes, man has an obligation not to litter or leave trash and garbage all over (cleanliness is next to Godliness), but nature is a steward of man. Instead of teaching falsehoods about nature, the Holy Father and the Vatican should be concerned about saving souls for Christ. Since earth shall pass away at the end of the world, spiritual causes must be strengthened, as these are everlasting. By uttering such dross as climate change, it would be better for Pope Francis to be silent and thought a fool than to speak and leave no doubt.

  17. This has got to be a joke. [I wish it was.]
    Our local priest summed it up well several years ago..when his sermon referred to this as the GREAT HOAX….. aka Global cooling, oops Global Warming, oops guess we better use the phrase Climate Change. Where’s Al Gore when we need him??
    As an engineer and former “Weather Man”, I can’t believe what I’m actually seeing taking place!!

  18. Bob One believes, like all “Global Warming” advocates, that Carbon Dioxide is the cause, and solar input is not involved. Rather, (according to Bob One), “Climate Change” is all the fault of mankind….So, Bob One, a mere 14,000 years ago, North America was covered with two kilometers of ice. In the time interval of a mere 2000 years, all this ice was melted, the Great Lakes were formed, and earth emerged from one of its ice ages, into the present interglacial era. How did this happen, Bob? Were there massive factories back then, 14,000 years ago, spewing CO2 and smoke into the air? Were all those evil deniers at fault, causing those mile thick glaciers to melt? Or, (heretical thought), was it variations of the sun, and of the earth orbit…

    • Good points Joe.

    • Bob One says:

      Joe, I don’t think anyone believes that Climate Change is all the fault of mankind. That would be stupid. The earth warms and cools endlessly on its own. What science is saying is that we humans, by our deliberate actions – coal fired electric plants, too many cars in some places so that you can’t see through the smog, etc. is hastening the current change. That change can be seen with the naked eye. The question is simply how do we slow down our negative contribution. As Catholics, what does our faith teach us about how we care for the earth?

      • Well, thanks very much, Bob One! Thanks for admitting that it is” stupid to believe that “Climate Change” is all the fault of mankind!”. Now, would all AGW activists will please acknowledge that fact? Will they stop demonizing those who believe that the greatest causes of “Climate change” are the ongoing Solar and geophysical processes? There are excellent data to support this – for example, the Solar energy output was at a maximum in the years 1950 to 2000. Another fact: That weather records show that recent storm intensity and occurrence are typical of those over the last century.
        Hurricane Sandy and the recent violent tornadoes were not that unusual. A calm and reasonable debate is needed, not hysterical accusations and attempts to smear the reputations of “Deniers”, or worse, threats of arrest.

      • Bob One,
        This is the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the environment – – –
        CCC: ” 339 Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection. For each one of the works of the “six days” it is said: “And God saw that it was good.”
        “By the very nature of creation, material being is endowed with its own stability, truth and excellence, its own order and laws.
        ” Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness.
        Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature, to avoid any disordered use of things which would be in contempt of the Creator and would bring disastrous consequences for human beings and their environment. ”

        We do not need an encyclical from the Pope to promote the junk science of global warming as promoted at the UN.
        He is not an expert in the scientific field.
        The UN nations and others merely want to use the Pope for their own secret intentions.

        I object to the Catholic Faith being used to further the undisclosed intentions of those who hate our Faith.

      • Dottie says:

        Bob One, do you remember in the 1970’s when the scientists said we were moving into another ice age because of “Global Cooling” ?
        (If not look up Global Cooling on the internet, and you will find the news stories.)

        • Your Fellow Catholic says:

          The 1970s was 40 or 50 years ago, and the effects of accelerating CO2 emissions have swamped out any notion global cooling.

          Have you actually listened to people who have documented the decline of ice on Kilemanjaro, in the Arctic, in Antarctica? Are you denying that the globe is warming, or are you just denying that CO2 is a big part of it?

  19. All the energy wasted on flying participants to the workshops, their meals, showers, wastewater, taxis, et al PLUS all the hot air expended and filling chambers, chamber pots and back chamber gossip has got to be taking a real toll on the Italian environment and could cause a whole host of damage and climate change. All this could have been prevented if the Vatican spent more time on quiet pursuits like prayer and reflection in the heavenly realms and less time in dealing in worldly matters in a worldly manner. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m suffering from pope fatigue.

    • Anonymous says:

      You need to read his writings and not the newspaper and internet junk.

      • Gratias says:

        The Pope’s writing was was written by Cardinal Tucho Fernandez and is basically anti-capitalist pap and anti-trickle-down economics.

        • Bob One says:

          This is what the Catechism says: The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modern times with “communism” or “socialism.” She has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of “capitalism,” individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor.207 Regulating the economy solely by centralized planning perverts the basis of social bonds; regulating it solely by the law of the marketplace fails social justice, for “there are many human needs which cannot be satisfied by the market.”208 Reasonable regulation of the marketplace and economic initiatives, in keeping with a just hierarchy of values and a view to the common good, is to be commended. In addition, we know that trickle-down economics is a complete failure and untruth. Just ask the Koch brothers. They will tell you that trickle-up is what really works.

          • Canisius says:

            Bob One you know as much about Koch Industries as you know about astro-physics….they are just straw men created by leftist like you to attack

        • Anonymous says:

          Pope Francis says:
          I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord.” The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than his life, which impels us onwards!

  20. My favorite definition of Global Warming: White Folks’ Voodoo.

    • Gratias says:

      Global Warming is part of the Leftist Religion and now the Church has joined forces with its enemies. But who am I to judge?

      • Bob One says:

        Gratias, the “leftist religion” you mentioned is not leftist. The teachings of the Catechism suggest that we should not contribute to the destruction of the earth: The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present, and future humanity.195 Use of the mineral, vegetable, and animal resources of the universe cannot be divorced from respect for moral imperatives. Man’s dominion over inanimate and other living beings granted by the Creator is not absolute; it is limited by concern for the quality of life of his neighbor, including generations to come; it requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation.196 (226, 358, 37

        • Canisius says:

          Bob One the trickle down economics that you attack, created 18 million jobs in a decade, so yes it does work and you are a liberal who probably couldn’t run a hotdog stand outside Yankee stadium.. And yes it is a leftist religion that Gratias mentioned… You will attack the TLM but defend anything that has to do with the Left….

          • Bob One says:

            I have never attacked the TLM, Canisius. On the contrary I have always said that it should be available for the small number of people who prefer it to the NO. My confusion is with what constitutes the Left. I’m pretty Moderate on Social Issues and pretty Conservative on Financial Issues. But, I do believe that our salvation by Christ on the Cross requires that we at least insist on a level playing field for all the world’s people, including being careful of how we treat the earth. We cannot be Catholic and look the other way as people help destroy our planet to make a greater profit.

          • Canisius says:

            Typical leftist response and yes you have attacked the TLM and those who attend it. And once again you are wrong about our Salvation it does not require Earth worship as you and the rest of the Left demands. Much like this Pope you hate capitalism and private property, the day is soon coming when middle class will rise up against the poor and their fraudulent fronts groups who do everything in their power to destroy us…

          • Your Fellow Catholic says:

            A job growth and trickle down economics. Not the subject of this thread or this article, but let’s look at the facts:

            non farm job growth under 12 years of Reagan/Bush = 13,452 or 1,565 peryear.

            Under 4 years of Carter = 10,339 or 2585 per year.
            Under 8 years of Clinton = 22,891 or 11,446 per year.
            Under 8 years of Bush V2.0 = 1,281 or 641 per year
            Under 6.5 years of Obama = 7354 or 1,131 per year (and accelerating)

            What was your point about trickle down economics again?

          • Canisius says:

            YFC you get your false data from Mother Jones are the lying Paul Krugman

          • Canisius says:

            YFC fraudulent leftist to the core

  21. UCSD’s Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan hails from subtropical India where people consume more hot n spicy Curry than any place on earth, even during the hottest summers. So yea, he might conclude that the world is getting warmer.

    Of course the US and UN fiscal Tsunami that inundates $Green research–along with his UN bestowed title (I kid you not) Champion of the Earth (tiara not included)–must also be globally heartwarming. Were he to suddenly reverse his game, you’d find him retired, walking his pet along La Jolla’s dog beach in some big old shorts instead of shilling for UCSD and bucking for Sainthood.

    Now what’s the Vatican’s excuse?

  22. Anonymous says:

    As for “global warming,” there is usually enough hot air in this website to heat up the planet for several years.
    Especially from those who see secret machinations behind every corner, but fail to see the need to protect the environment for our children.

    • Ann Malley says:

      …what children?

      The few you’re allowed to have will need to learn to forage off the land for the overblown fear of ruination of the environment will leave them with no jobs. But then that which is being foisted on the public as a right will subsequently be banned for the need of rebuilding population following the great downsizing. (Kind of like those countries now giving birth incentives.)

      Maybe that’s the Vatican’s long term plan.

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