June 18, 2015

Pope Francis jumps on his political bandwagon for the environment

Marissa SemkiwRebel Commentator

On Thursday, the Vatican released an encyclical on the environment. Befitting Pope Francis, it was very political and very liberal.

Pope Francis is an avowed leftist. He believes that western countries owe a great debt to other nations around the world. Railing against the supposed ills of “finance and consumerism” this encyclical is thinly veiled in its hatred for capitalism.

Instead of focusing on Christians being slaughtered around the world, he’s fixated on undercutting the fabric of the international economy.

Pope Francis ignores what capitalism has achieved: great developments in human quality of life, in medical care, in wealth and corresponding personal freedom. And he wants us to retreat into a world of the past in which men like himself deny us the freedom to choose our own destinies.


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commented 2015-06-19 15:42:27 -0400
Fantastic!!!!! you worry about the environment with the rest of STUPID enviroNUTS….and forget about the HUMANS being SLAUGHTERED…. i guess you too have to do the “in thing”…. are you going to start denying CATHOLICISM too? Are you going to join FRANCE and bash the Jewish people?? Let me remind you something POPE, I’m a ROMAN CATHOLIC, and my ROME has one of the OLDEST synagogues—-you know OUR faith STEM’s FROM theirs as ALL others!!!! and you’re WORRIED about the environment?? well then better but a DOME over Italy, especially to the NORTH & SOUTH…cause Italy’s environment is about to become toxic!!!!!! I’m hoping “la famiglia heck even la camorra will clean the air, land and seas….. cause you…… are now a politician, in a time when humans, especially Christians, are being murdered, daily by the 1000’s—-instead of calling out to Christians, Jewish people (that we ONCE KILLED) and other humans to UNITE——you’re doing the liberal ANTI-HUMAN thing….. worrying about the environment. BRAVISSIMO….che dici, deventirai masulmano??
commented 2015-06-19 14:55:53 -0400
When the Pope dons sackcloth and ashes, gives up the pomp and ceremony of his office, and all the “royal” trappings of the Vatican and walks the Earth as a humble man relying only on the good Earth to clothe, shelter, and feed him, perhaps his opinions may have some relevance. Until the wealthy, “elite” upper class “Do as I say, because I know better!” enviro-hypocrites follow suit, I will continue to enjoy the middle-class trappings of the life I earned through honest, hard work!

I was raised on a farm and have the utmost respect for the Earth and its flora and fauna. The Earth has a remarkable capacity for healing itself. All it takes is faith. O ye of little faith!
commented 2015-06-18 21:43:28 -0400
In all respect, I’m wondering if it would be more accurate to speak of an encyclical on the environment, rather than saying it is about global warming. From what I’ve read (I admit I haven’t read the encyclical itself, it’s too long for me at the moment) it is a broad look at how we ought to treat the environment, along with some very interesting and thought-provoking comments. I recommend taking a look at this brief article: https://stream.org/11-things-probably-wont-hear-pope-francis-encyclical/ Among other things, one will see that when Pope Francis allegedly criticizes information technology, he was actually criticizing its misuse and on the contrary wants to see it used for “new cultural progress for humanity”; at other points he emphasizes his pro-life and pro-traditional family stance. So, while it seems that he certainly takes a ‘pro-climate change’ stance, I’m not sure (once again, in all respect) if it’s entirely fair to label Pope Francis as an avowed leftist. Pax Christi
commented 2015-06-18 20:40:15 -0400
@paul Wood — No one is doubting that there are a lot of hungry and helpless people in the world. Most people I know think “rich” is making a million dollars a year. Nope. Rich by world standards is running water, electricity on demand, a cell phone, education, and McDonalds just down the street. The problem is that while the Pope’s encyclical might make perfect sense if the words on the page reached only people with valid Catholic beliefs, those words are transposed, transformed, and manipulated by most everyone else to mean…whatever they want it to mean to suit their agenda. A good Catholic hears ‘look after the earth’ and they think of stewardship and helping the needy. For others it often means ‘abort and contraception especially for the poor people’. On that note, any bet which parts of the encyclical will NOT be picked up by the mainstream media?
As for the rich, well they’ve employed me for the last 25 years and allowed me to raise a good sized family and help the needy with my excess. And now my kids are helping the needy too. It’s not a perfect system but the evidence seems to show how terribly the government uses my money in comparison.

The issue of climate science is not settled…at all. What arrogance to think we can model the climate and make things better by reducing our standard of living. Julian Simon had it right.
commented 2015-06-18 18:25:50 -0400
Paul Wood, you put it perfectly. The Pope is driven by liberation theology and anti-capitalist rhetoric, not by Christ. If it wasn’t for capitalism we would still have sewers flowing down the middle of streets, and dying from various plagues, while growing corn hoping that blight doesn’t destroy our harvests. If we followed the Church’s anti-freedom anti-capitalist rhetoric this past millenium we would all but 10% of 1% of the population, be dirt poor.
commented 2015-06-18 18:12:59 -0400
I have to say that I’m not a big fan of the international economy as it is now being run by ‘high level panels of eminent persons’ who demand that nations run their people into huge debt so that governments have to appeal to the IMF for loans which are then granted at a very high rate that means the governments will always be in default. In other words, the IMF which is composed of private banks, end up owning countries.

Like many people, I think the Pope does not understand what capitalism is. It is not governments choosing which industries will live or die and which owner of property gets to use it as they see fit. It is not transnational organizations, influenced my gargantuan transnational corporations, telling governments and their electorate what to do in industry, education, culture and religion. That is what goes for capitalism these days. It is not capitalism. Call it socialism, fascism, technocracy or communism as suits you but in reality it is global totalitarianism.

There is no doubt in my mind that Pope Francis is a Marxist. We should just ignore him. As I understand from visiting the few Catholic sites that are not also Marxist, the encyclical is an opinion piece. One good thing, in addition to his definitely not supporting abortion, is that he calls for scientific debate.
commented 2015-06-18 17:58:53 -0400
Wow Marissa, did you ever blow it in your reading of the Pope’s encyclical. IN fact, did you read it? Clearly you have no theological training. The Pope states he has no political interest, but MORAL interest. Get it, three quarters of the world is still starving. Would you and your friends like to go to bed again tonight with a swelled tummy? That’s what the Holy Father is writing about, railing against. And yes, it is due to hyper capitalism , more than anything, read: hyper greed, of which we are all guilty. That’s not a concern? Millions upon millions are starving as we breath and turn on our endless gadgets, fill the air with poison, etc. The only reason some might not like the encyclical is because they don’t like their/our greed to be pointed out. Too damn bad! And if we don’t stop eating, consuming, we are committing suicide. This encyclical is very very important. Who else do you trust for morality? .. the scientists? , the politicians? They’ve been lying to us for decades… and more and more of our brothers and sisters rot and die while we text and do Facebook. The encyclical is a reminder, clean up your mess!, share the wealth; talk is cheap: tolerance, compassion?.. it’s been a sham and a scandal, since we kill our own kids and starve most nations of the world. And it bothers you that a world leader speaks up? Moreover, the encyclical is about ‘balance’ (did you read the damn thing or not?!)— as if we aren’t massive accumulators, over-weight, over-aborted, in serious debt, over-drugged, etc. We have no ‘waste’ problems in the West? Give us a break? We are balanced? We have been respecting life? , human life? Yeah right! We have no behavioral problems, and our behaviours haven’t affected the climate? That’s the biggest denial of this century, just as is ‘we are not greedy and hyper-selfish, especially here in the West. All we have to do is admit it, look at the facts. Hmmm… I’m proud to be Catholic because our leader is the only one who tells us the truth, the hard cold facts, without political correctness.. I love Canada, kinda, but i think it’s the most politically correct country in the world. So, Marissa, take some theology courses, or hire a theologian. This encyclical is only following history, if you read Francis’ historical continuation of preceding Popes in the fantastic work. Thanks Holy Father! Keep talking, they might get it one day!.. may your message reach their hearts, not their cell phones!
commented 2015-06-18 17:53:49 -0400
Thanks Cory for the Rush Limbaugh link.
commented 2015-06-18 16:45:15 -0400
Excellent analysis, Marissa. Gee, the Holy Father didn’t mention entire Christian villages being wiped off the face of the earth in Syria by ISIS – peaceful people that still speak the language of Christ. But “Global Warming” and the “rich countries” need to do something is the biggest threat? Welcome to the exclusive club of know-nothing, hypocritical celebrities, Holy Father – you are in the same league as Jane Fonda, Leonardo DiCaprio, David Suzuki and Al Gore. A club I would not be caught dead in.
commented 2015-06-18 15:56:08 -0400
Marrisa I fully agree with you, good report.
Although I am not a practicing Catholic, I was raised as one. I just stopped believing in organized religion, and seeing how some manipulate it to be a self serve religion, where God is forgotten and self gain is supreme. I fully believe in God and also believe that there are good Catholics, priests and there have been some very good Popes. But Pope Francis makes me wonder sometimes whether he is the leader of the church or just another political figure.
Anyway, I digress. Good report.
commented 2015-06-18 15:54:53 -0400
“…the magic of economics…” as opposed to….the reality of faith? An invisible magic man in the sky who needs money?
commented 2015-06-18 15:52:08 -0400
Pope Francis is a fool. He’ll figure that out when he gets to the Pearly Gates and St. Peter redirects him to Hell where St. Suzuki waits for him. They’ll finally get to enjoy an eternity of global warming in the hottest spot of all.
commented 2015-06-18 15:37:04 -0400
This pope will drive a large number of faithful away fron the Catholic Church over the next few years if he continues to press his political beliefs on the followers. What he is doing has nothing to do with the faith and beliefs of the members and will cause disillusionment.
commented 2015-06-18 15:32:42 -0400
Great well done report… topic was bugging my sense of conscious sanity. A Pope used to have a distinguishing status but this guy has made a mockery of the title. It’s now become a punch line joke like “proof that he is dummer than a Pope”… I’m beginning to wonder about birth records being filed in a catholic registry.
The comments pretty much confirm his mental state to be certifiable in a different institutionalized capacity.
commented 2015-06-18 15:04:29 -0400
I’ll give it some consideration when MY carbon foot print becomes 1/100000th of that of Gore, Suzuki or the Pope, or Obama. I will give the entire lie some credence when just one, single solitary enviro-nazi, somewhere on the planet practices what they preach. Actually, even then I won’t.
commented 2015-06-18 14:51:12 -0400
More Socialist/Communist Drivel from an elitest, “claiming” to be a representative of God. The Anti-Christ is here, and people like this Pope enable the evil.
commented 2015-06-18 14:40:08 -0400
He can jump on the band wagon when ever he wants, but going green is expensive and the poor of the world will suffer while the elites get even richer.

Western nations owe a great debt?

North America, Australia and New Zealand grew and prospered for the past 300 or so years. They now (mistakenly in my belief) provide 100’s of billions in aid each year to countries around the world – the same countries that had a head start on the west – and failed to capitalize on that head start.

All those nice countries in Africa and the mid east could have done the same – but still the majority live as cesspool countries today.

I would suggest the pope is a bit of an idiot – a smart man for sure – but certainly a bit of an idiot.

Green energy will destroy many economies and make a lot of poor folks even poorer.
commented 2015-06-18 14:31:36 -0400
Francis is part of the social justice crowd of South America. They take what they like from Christ, such as caring for the environment and others, and jettison the rest, or at least downplay the importance of it.