Papal environmentalists

Recently under a page heading, SPIRITUALITY, in the Wilmington North Carolina StarNews an Associated Press article by Nicole Winfield caught my attention: “Long line of popes has voiced environmental alarm.”  Lead paragraphs alluded to the politics of environmentalism. Soon Pope Francis will host the United Nation’s secretary-general in a climate conference at the Vatican. (link below)

Rick Santorum, “Republican presidential hopeful” and “devout Catholic” urged Pope Francis to cool the rhetoric about “global warming.” Religion and science don’t mix, advised Santorum. And “conservative” Catholic commentators criticized the Vatican for being involved in this controversy. The Pope also plans an encyclical on the environment to teach us the errors of our ways.

It seems logical to me that this pious man would embrace the religion of environmentalism—endorse the “U.N. agenda on global warming.” The Devil Climate Change must be driven from the planet by imploring faith and fear—a natural for the Pope to further his socialist agenda demanding that the evil rich “consume less and share more.”

Ms. Winfield cites other popes who have blamed people for damaging the environment and demanding “urgent action by industrialized nations to change their ways.” Popes demand that we must undergo an “ecological conversion to prevent the poor from paying for the sins of the rich”—ignoring the facts that wealthy nations are the least polluted places and the “poor” ones create the worst pollution on the planet; and the “rich” people pay for the clean environments.

Blaming the “rich” for predicted pollution makes sense to the faithful followers of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Church. Naturally, popes’ shepherd their flocks: sheep need direction for their own good. Popes also side with governments to solidify their power.

In 1990 Pope St. John Paul II warned of dire consequences if we didn’t stop burning fuel, cutting trees, using pesticides and coolants. The results, he said in a message at a World Day of Peace, would change the atmosphere, damage our health and submerge low lying lands.

According to Winfield, before that in 1967, Pope Paul VI in the encyclical Populorum Progressio (Development of Peoples) wrote: “No one may appropriate surplus goods solely for his own private use when others lack the bare necessities of life.”

The hypocrisy of these papal pronouncements escapes them. Pampered popes sit on thrones in an independent wealthy state surrounded by historical treasures and expensive property and promote Vaticanism—socialist dogma— lecturing others to give up their property. Even some of my American Catholic friends have noted this falseness within the Church hierarchy.

Well, with Christian charity toward the popes, I say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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