June 21, 2015

"An immense pile of filth": Pope's "bizarre" global warming tweets ignore more important issues

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Pope Francis is on Twitter, and he usually tweets about once a day. But recently he sent out 44 tweets about climate change.

I talked about this earlier with Alex Epstein:

How weird it was for the pope to be using Twitter to condemn technological progress.

But there's more to it.

Pope Francis uses the loaded phrase "cultural revolution;" surely he knows this was the term for Chairman Mao's slaughter of millions in communist China.

I just wish the pope cared this much about other, more Catholic, issues -- like the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.


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commented 2015-06-22 17:09:55 -0400
Mr. Pope—- If mine coal and burn forests to make lots of money—- And I go to Confession on a regular basis and Contribute LOTS of money to the Church…. Are you going to tell me that I will suffer Eternity in Hell ?
commented 2015-06-22 12:47:18 -0400
Is this not the same organization that declared the Earth to be flat?
Are they not the folks that banished Copernicus as a Heretic?
How then can they be trusted in scientific matters?
commented 2015-06-22 11:36:15 -0400
MURRAY COULTER: I’m a Christian too, but I’d rather follow Ezra’s teachings than the Pope’s. For one thing, Ezra’s religion is older than the Roman Christian religion, and I kinda favour not being told by another man what is right or wrong.
commented 2015-06-22 09:44:07 -0400
Allan, the Pope isn’t forcing anyone to do anything, he wrote an encyclical, that’s one of the things Pope’s do. And who are these “people” you’re talking about that want to force everyone? Have you never heard the expression, “stewards of the earth”? And “Certain people want to engage in Marxist economic engineering”? Honestly! Part of what you say is true about pollution which I commented on in another post but it also could fit in here, namely, those who are complaining about the carbon footprint, (including the Pope) and (including you I think from what you said), are confusing warming with pollution, two different things and all of the people making this mistake are not climatologists. I will accept the view of climatologists who say global warming is not from humans. I also think that our countries which have advanced technology and successfully pretty well won against air pollution could help share their knowledge with China and India to improve the filthy conditions there and other third world countries. By the way, please bone up on St. Francis of Assisi, you obviously are in the dark about him.
commented 2015-06-22 00:31:30 -0400
Yep Allan.
commented 2015-06-21 21:11:38 -0400
When I first saw this encyclical I thought man what is he doing? It will take some time but I will eventually discover the truth behind it. I think he’s just lying to the liars. If you can’t beat em join em. He’s a very intelligent man. He knows his advisors are the same ones that told Benedict that there was no sex abuse scandal then proceeded to payout 400 million to the victims of the families. I’m not making my judgement yet.
commented 2015-06-21 21:05:51 -0400
If this is out of character for the Pope to be tweeting this frequently about a subject, the question is begged, “Is it really the Pope tweeting?”
commented 2015-06-21 20:07:23 -0400
This too shall pass. The pope speaks from a spiritual level not easily understood. The filth probably pertains to the lack of faith, and the cultural revolution is a call to martyrdom. So many see the world overpopulated but they wouldn’t even fill Ontario. I work in energy in Alberta and I see people leave trucks running all day in winter to keep it warm and summer to keep it cool. My point is the waste of energy to extract the energy is overwhelming. I can understand the truckers leaving their rigs running while they frequent the truck stop but not the guy leaving his dodge pickup running at Tim Hortons? My opinion is that there is plenty of room if we could be more responsible. My family looks at me like I’m rich but I’m just a middle class blue collar husband and father who lives within his means, shares prosperity with others and wastes as little as possible. My mom uses her bath water to water her garden. I think these are values we need to preserve. That said, the Pope is the Pope, like it or not he is not infallible as a man. No matter how corrupt the institution becomes it does not detract from the one true faith. Even the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Heaven and earth will end but my words will live forever
commented 2015-06-21 20:04:43 -0400
commented 2015-06-21 19:50:21 -0400
ST Francis of Assis sounds like a worshipper of the creation rather than the creator, contrary to what the bible says. We are told not to worship the Sun & moon or trees or animals or even men.
It is interesting that people want to force others to do what they themselves don’t.If the people who would consider themselves guardians of the earth, are so quick to litter,use plastic water bottles,drive the newest cars, instead of keeping their old car & saving the energy required to produce the new car.
These selfsame people buy Asian products made by slave labour in factories with no regard for the environment. Their excuse being that these countries need to “catchup”. The reality is one large volcano or forest fire, will produce more air pollutants than any country can.That being said ,
There is no need for factories spewing pollutant anywhere in the world. because we now have technologies that did not exist 40 years ago. The factories spewing these pollutants are owned by companies that could easily afford to provide decent working conditions & environmental safeguards, if these self same hypocrites were not worried about their RRSPs losing a little bit of profits. NO need for them to catch up… you don’t continue to use a pencil if you have a ball point pen, even if it costs more initially. It is more efficient in the long term. But certain groups what to engage in Marxist economic engineering. We know how that went?
commented 2015-06-21 19:13:23 -0400
Ezra is Pope Bashing, why can’t he have an opinion about global warming, Ezra does. I’m a Christian and I’d rather hear the Pope’s opinion on climate change than listen to his religious teaching.
commented 2015-06-21 18:40:37 -0400
Are we not charged with being stewards of this earth, remember St. Francis of Assisi whom I consider the first environmentalist?
Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon of St. Francis of Assisi
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, Who is the day through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour, Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air, And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.
Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water, So useful, humble, precious and pure.
Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You my Lord through our Sister, Mother Earth
who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace, By You Most High, they will be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death,
from whom no-one living can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will. No second death can do them harm.
Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks, And serve Him with great humility.
commented 2015-06-21 18:08:13 -0400
Unfortunately, this is one of the few papal encyclicals I have read that is best forgotten for its lack of clear thinking – something rarely seen in Jesuits. Francis seems to forget there are two inter-related problems: (1) the need to strive for optimal human well-being on a global scale and (2) the need to look after the earth. The trouble is that if we go gang-busters on (2) we will prevent (1). As the UN has pointed out, ever since the advance of economic globalization and industrialization, life-expectancy, general health and education levels have improved more in the last 15 – 20 years than in all previous periods of colonization and foreign aid. (Just as industrialization did more to advance life-expectancy etc in the West in the last 250 years than in the previous 3,000.) By giving the papal imprimatur (blessing) to environmentalism, he has encouraged poorly planned (like Germany’s) greening, knee-jerk gang-buster reactions that will hobble economic development which in turn will slow or stop desperately needed development in the Third World. The real task at hand is to co-ordinate greening and appropriate use of resources with the optimal well-being of the human race.
commented 2015-06-21 17:46:59 -0400
Vatican and this pope has already spoken out against persecution of Christians. It’s not the topic of the encyclical.
commented 2015-06-21 17:43:49 -0400
the use of the word ‘filth’ is offensive and extremely judgemental. you can be sure that the context of the use of ‘cultural revolution’ differs from that of Mao. Francis may be too accepting of claims of man made climate change but from a spiritual and theological point of view our western society is somewhat hedonistic, materialist, and overly consumptive. th
commented 2015-06-21 17:35:58 -0400
There is a lot he could be going on about. He is obviously being coached. Didn’t know the Pope could be bought.
commented 2015-06-21 16:48:22 -0400
C’mon Ezra, you could get the Pope to back the oral contraceptive pill with a check that is large enough.
commented 2015-06-21 16:47:10 -0400
This Pope is not Socialist. This Pope is Communist! The quote from Mao, the greatest Marxist mass murderer, this planet has ever seen, was very telling. Wonder what Catholics think about all this?