Referencing global warming concerns in an encyclical to the faithful last March and highlighting the threat of climate change before the U.N. General Assembly in September, Pope Francis will intensify his efforts on climate change in 2015. The Pope has been an open progressive activist on social issues such as homosexuality, immigration, marriage and poverty.
On climate, he wants to push for a global compact to control climate change pursuant to the next big U.N. climate summit in Paris next December. Numerous 2014 climate conferences have failed to get international agreement on greenhouse gas limits or funding for mitigation or adaptation measures. The meetings resulted in sequentially delaying to the next meeting – economic impacts remain a major barrier.
The Pope is engaging in the perils of “identity politics,” where single personal biases such as religion, race, sex, abortion or radical partisanship divide society – cautions Pres. Bill Clinton. Moreover, Pope Francis should be careful in mixing religion with scientific phenomena such as climate science. Neither religious nor progressive activism is science. Science and religion are incomparable and irreconcilable human endeavors – science driven by empirical scientific methods of discovery, and religion by personal faith or belief.
Not unlike some religious narratives, global warming carries a fantastic, apocalyptic narrative of future threats — at present, threats too fantastic for scientific verification or prediction. The leading U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) most recent “5th Assessment Report” admits that: 1) it has overstated global warming threats, and 2) it cannot accurately predict long term climate behavior.
Today’s environmentalism mimics religion in its identification of humans as sinners against nature, its calls for personal redemption via lifestyle changes, its claims that environmental issues are moral priorities, and, with the predicted global warming apocalypse, it has its biblically-proportioned Armageddon.
As with most religions, environmentalism also has its false prophets, and its extremist followers. Here the activists claim moral authority by requiring your adherence to the cause of environmentalism. Your personal commitment and sacrifice for their fanciful and economically unsustainable climate control imperatives provide your path to environmental enlightenment, purity and ultimate green redemption.
The Pope opened the Catholic Church’s environmental concerns last May. “Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.” The Church says that humans have a responsibility to safeguard the Earth “because while God always forgives, Creation never forgives” and humanity faces catastrophe if it devastates the planet. This year our progressive Pope also stated that animals die and go to heaven.
Pope Francis’ forthcoming climate encyclical is expected to be some 50 pages long, and will urge the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to take action on climate change. Only God knows at what cost. (Newsmax, Dec. 29, 2014)
Have a blessed and prosperous 2015.