More Disturbing Enviro-babble from Francis
by Christopher A. Ferrara
September 18, 2015
On September 11, Pope Francis delivered a speech to yet another “climate change” conference at the Vatican, this one hosted by something called the “Foundation for Sustainable Development” on the theme “Environmental justice and Climate Change.” This speech contains what may well be the most completely meaningless utterance ever heard from a Roman Pontiff. Read it for yourself and see if you can discern any meaningful content whatsoever:
In what way, can we exercise our responsibility, our solidarity, our dignity of persons and citizens of the world? Each one is called to respond personally, in the measure appropriate to him based on the role occupied in the family, in the work world, in the economy and in research, in civil society and in institutions. Improbable recipes will not be drawn. No one has them! Rather, offering what happened in dialogue and accepting that one’s own contribution is put in discussion: a contribution is requested of all in view of a result that cannot be, but fruit of a common work. The great enemy here is hypocrisy. Rightly does your meeting represent an example of the practice of this dialogue, which in the encyclical Laudato Si’ I proposed as the only way to address the problems of our world and to seek truly effective solutions. It seems to me a sign of great importance, even Providential, that outstanding exponents of different “worlds” are taking part in this meeting: of religion and politics, economic activity and scientific research in many sectors, international organizations and those committed in the fight against poverty.
To bear fruit, this dialogue is in need of being inspired by a vision that is both transparent and wide, and to proceed according to an integral approach, but especially participatory, including all the parties concerned, also those that remain more easily on the margins of institutional processes.
Huh? These remarks, which read like the output of a random word-generator, are so far removed from the realm of intelligibility as to cause alarm concerning Francis’ mental clarity. But even more alarming is the following quite astonishing personification of the earth — a dogma of the environmentalist religion — appearing at the end of these rambling remarks. Note the garbled syntax:
Henceforth, I offer to the Lord our common effort, asking Him to bless it so that humanity will finally listen to the cry of the earth — today our Mother Earth is among the many excluded that cry to Heaven for help! Our Mother Earth is an excluded one! — also the cry of the earth, our Mother and Sister, and of the poorest among those that inhabit her, and to look after them [sic]….
Yes, you read rightly: the Pope said that the earth is “an excluded one,” one of the “many excluded.” The earth is a Mother and a Sister, who cries out to us along with other poor people. Or, as Francis put it in Laudato Si’, “the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor.”
What can one say in the face of such bizarre pronouncements coming from a Roman Pontiff? The world is sinking into an abyss of total depravity: abortion, contraception, divorce and militant homosexualism are destroying what little is left of the moral order in the once Christian nations of the western world. The sins of men cry out to Heaven for vengeance, yet Francis implores us to hear instead the imaginary “cry of the earth” concerning “climate change.” Climate change — an alleged rise in temperatures and sea levels — is what preoccupies Francis, not the fate of countless immortal souls on account of the sins he seems too determined to accommodate with his “Synod of Doom” and “fast-track” annulment proceedings.
“Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers / Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10).” Nothing is more fundamental to the Gospel of Christ. Yet, effectively, Francis has rewritten this essential Scriptural warning to read something like this: “Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither covetous, nor extortioners, nor the rich, nor those who harm the environment shall possess the kingdom of God.”
Sins of the flesh, which Our Lady told Jacinta of Fatima are the cause of more souls being damned than any other sins, are never mentioned by this Pope. Instead, he condemns “legalists” and “Pharisees” who do not think the Church should accommodate the adultery of the divorced and “remarried” in her “pastoral practice.” Meanwhile, we are told to listen to the “cry of the earth” as an “excluded one.”
With each passing day this pontificate grows stranger and more alarming. There has never been a Pope like this, and his appearance on the scene can only be a sign of the coming of further dramatic events for the Church and the world. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!