1. It is a bit ironic, isn’t it? For years we’ve been told–emphatically–that the whole “father of kings and princes” business was a bunch of rubbish, and that secular matters are to be managed exclusively by secular rulers, according to such lights as they may (or may not) possess. But now we’re to wonder why it’s unlikely that anyone will take the Holy Father’s exhortations seriously.

    I am not a parent, but I’ve heard that it’s impossible to be both a good father or mother, and simultaneously to be your son’s or daughter’s best friend. I think that this wisdom is instructive here.

    1. I think that is exactly it. The Church withdrew from the field, content as it was to speak some slightly modified form of U.N.-style rhetoric with the belief that we — the world — had reached some “enlightened” point in her history where it could self-manage along lines which were broadly consonant with Christian anthropology and ethics. That idea, which was wrongheaded from the beginning, was quickly elevated to an ideology which intoxicated a good number of churchmen and faithful for decades. I think we’re only now starting to recover from the hangover.

  2. Most people, outside of intellectuals, some devout and political operators will not read the encyclical, many will hear parts of it through cherry picked quotations. Many will now be able to mask the meanest of motives (population control, hyper regulation, theft of property etc) under pious rhetoric (but it wouldn’t be the first time).

    It is almost amusing that the left thinks 1 billion+ Catholics are going to accept man made global climate change as true if the Pope says so, when so few Catholics obey the Divine Law concerning marriage and the marital debt, or for even that matter believe that our Lord Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Light.

  3. The climate has been changing since the beginning of time. There is no scientific consensus. Considering the age of the earth I am surprised that anyone would try to prove their ideology within such a small snapshot of time, using computer models that rely on questionable data. Why call weather “climate change” now? It was global warming for the past 20 years wasn’t it? Before that we were faced with the next ice age, I guess that’s why “climate change” has become so popular. Hot summers are due to climate change, cold summers are due to climate change, a heatwave is due to climate change, mild winters are due to climate change, record cold is due to climate change. Yet when records events occur there is typically some historic date where those conditions existed before. Last I checked the planet was cooling again, but it will be a few more years before we return to fears of the next ice age AGAIN.

    In the beginning there was climate change and climate change was with god, and the planet was god. The same was in the beginning with god. All things were controlled by him: and without him was made nothing that was free. In him was lies, and these lies became the religion of man. And they worshiped the planet in their darkness, and freedom could not exist beside it.

    Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said, “The truth is the truth even if nobody believes it, and a lie is still a lie, even if everybody believes it.” I see many people today worshiping at the altar of climate change, and while it may be mere novelty for some, others with a more Marxist ideology see great potential for their causes. Our pope loves novelties so I am not surprised that he wishes to pander to another group of anti-Catholics. The lie of man-made global warming has been spoon fed from grade-school to grad-school by people with a very clear agenda. Goodbye freedom and liberty, hello oppression and tyranny.

    1. I watched a video with Lord Monckton, debunking consensus science years ago. My family and friends think I am espousing a flat earth theory. There has
      been no rise in temperature in the last 15 years. Thanks for the Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen quote. How can carbon dioxide be harmful if it is what human beings exhale?
      Climate change is their altar and abortion is their blood sacrifice . They do not win. I read the last chapter of THE BOOK.

  4. You are doubtless aware of Pat. Bartholomew’s emphasis on things green, including climate change, global warming and the like. While I can speculate as to all the reasons why he and the Phanar folks are ringing that bell, at the grass roots level it’s being communicated – by not a few – as a means for modern man to understand ascesis in a way that may make more folks develop a more ascetical emphasis and approach in their day to day lives.

    Which can never be a bad thing; indeed, ascesis is the only cure for the onslaughts of consumerism (aka gluttony), and whatever else you want to rename any one of the seven deadly sins. So if the message of Pope Francis is either delivered or received the same way, that’s a good thing.

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