Does the Pope have his priorities right?

The National Review comments about the Pope’s encyclical:

How are we to explain that at the very moment that the oldest Christian communities in the world are being violently destroyed; that while Christians are murdered, raped, and tortured in Africa and the Middle East; and while horrific barbarities are committed daily in the name of God, the pope issues an encyclical and travels around the world to talk about climate change?

And they have a point.

One of the rarest and most important things a pope does is issue encyclicals. In the eight years of Pope Benedict’s papacy, he issued three encyclicals. In the 27 years of Pope John Paul II’s papacy, he issued 14 encyclicals.

Since his ascendancy to the papacy in March 2013, Pope Francis has issued one.

But Pope Francis is about to issue an encyclical to the world’s 5,000 bishops and 400,000 priests that tells us a great deal about him, about Latin America, and, most of all, about the influence of what has been the most dynamic religion in the world for the past 100 years.

Hint: It isn’t Christianity or Islam.

This year, the pope will use an immense amount of papal moral influence to address global warming or, as it is now called, in light of the small amount of warming actually taking place, climate change. In a few weeks, he will visit the Philippine city of Tacloban, which was devastated by the super-typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Then he will present his encyclical; and in September he will address the United Nations General Assembly on the subject. This will all be done in order to influence the December 2015 international Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Perhaps f the Pope moved to stop the advance if Islam or halting boy buggering by his priests…but Climate Change?

The Guardian is predictably ecstatic:

In recent months, the pope has argued for a radical new financial and economic system to avoid human inequality and ecological devastation. In October he told a meeting of Latin American and Asian landless peasants and other social movements: “An economic system centred on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.

“The system continues unchanged, since what dominates are the dynamics of an economy and a finance that are lacking in ethics. It is no longer man who commands, but money. Cash commands.

“The monopolising of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth. Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness,” he said.

Look at the dripping socialism in those three short paragraphs. Why are the left so enamoured with the current Pope?

It is happening because leftism has taken over much of Catholicism, most of mainstream Protestantism, increasing numbers of Evangelicals, and most of non-Orthodox Judaism. Not to mention the secular worlds of the news media, entertainment media, and academia.

It is happening because the default philosophic, moral, and political position in Latin America is leftism. Support for big government and the redistribution of income, and condemnation of capitalism and corporate profits — these are givens in Latin America. And Pope Francis is Latin American to the core.

His leftism was the primary reason he worked so diligently to get the United States to normalize relations with the Castro brothers in Cuba — instead of using his moral authority to condemn a brutal tyranny that has crushed and impoverished the Cuban people for 55 years.

Senator Marco Rubio, a practicing Catholic, put it succinctly: “I would also ask His Holiness to take up the cause of freedom and democracy.”

Socialism will do to the Catholic Church exactly the same things it does to countries that embrace the dogma…destroy it.

By all accounts, Pope Francis is a wonderful man. Conservatives understand that good people can hold left-wing positions. If only bad people held left-wing positions, leftism wouldn’t be the world’s most dynamic religion.

Unfortunately, however, being a wonderful person doesn’t mean you will be a wonderful pope. Any Catholic who tweets, “Inequality is the root of social evil,” as Pope Francis did last March, should be a socialist prime minister, not a Christian leader. The moral message of every Bible-based religion is that the root of evil is caused by poor character and poor moral choices, not by economics. The pope’s tweet is from Marx, not Moses.

Precisely.

 

– National Review

 


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  • RightofSingapore

    Well if he wants to see the position of Pope become less influential and prestigious (like the Nobel peace Prize when it was won by those such as Yasser Arafat or B.Hussein Obama or Jimmy Carter) let him do so-the rest of us will just get on with life and ignore him.

  • Jas

    Nothing like a bit of power games to usurp any revolt and get your eventual successors set up.

  • Maybe we should ask him to start a new Crusade like Urban II to knock some sense into these uppity Muslims? Its what most of the muslims world think he does anyway.

    • Michael_l_c

      Maybe the pope could have hired a mercenary army to help out the Yazardis.
      Use the kiddy fiddling priests as the advance force.

  • Dave_1924

    Liberation Theology comes to Vactin City in the top seat. What did you expect? Liberation theology has been rampant in South and Central America for a long time. Still if American Corporates acted ethically and responsibily in Latin America the left wouldn’t have such great leverage down there. Have a read of some Noam Chomsky on Latin America and see if you think unfettered capitalism is such a great thing…

    As for the inequality quote, I will believe it when this pope reforms the church and sells off all its art treasures and puts those funds in to a fund to support the poor. Oh and reforms the various Cathlolic Church Banks and investement/money management organisations to stop them getting involved in dodgy dealings……

    • onelaw4all

      Can you tell me one place in the world where “unfettered capitalism” is being practiced?

      • Dave_1924

        I would say that the way the Dole Corporation operated in Latin America came pretty close. But your right completely unregulated capitalism is not operating… a mild over statement on my behalf.

        But American corporates operating in Latin America have a very poor reputation. Chomsky is a hard left guy for sure. But reading some of his stuff on activities of American Coproirates and the American Government in Latin America doesn’t make pretty reading interms of blatant explotation of workers and extra judicial killings of people protesting said explotation, killings normally carried out by local para militaries….

  • Isn’t his boss supposed to be able to sort anything out? Maybe he should just have a quiet word…..

  • The Accountant

    I MO it would be dangerous and inflammatory for the Pope to condemn another religion, no matter how deserving. However, the last paragraph hits the nail on the head. Morality and ethics I would accept, but an economic world view is beyond his scope.

  • paul

    I am a practising Catholic and I have not seen this Leftism coming into our Parish. Can you tell me what changes you have witnessed in the Catholic Church in the last 5 years that point to Leftism taking over the Catholic Church.

  • All_on_Red

    Here’s a list of those whom the Pope met to give him advice on Catastrophic Climate Change.
    Read it and groan with despair. Talk about meeting a bunch of activists.
    “The event was a veritable Who’s Who of Climate Stupid. Delegates included:
    Naomi Oreskes, the social scientist at the University of California, San Diego (ground zero for the faux-science of ecology), who assiduously promulgates the myth that climate scepticism is a form of industry-funded “denialism” akin to the belief that smoking doesn’t cause cancer.
    Martin Rees, the astronomer who jumped on the global warming bandwagon and who, during his stint as President of the Royal Society, helped drag what was formerly Britain’s most distinguished scientific institution down to its current dismal level as a mouthpiece for the cause of global warming alarmism.
    Joseph Stiglitz, the left-wing economist.
    Hans-Jochim Schellnhuber, of the hard-left, deep-green Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, whose advice on environmental policy to Angela Merkel has been partly responsible for wiping out the German economy by driving up the cost of energy to unsupportable levels.
    And perhaps most comically and depressingly, Peter Wadhams – the Cambridge professor who for years has been telling anyone who will listen that the Arctic ice is on the verge of vanishing due to man-made global warming but whose doomsday predictions have been so repeatedly confounded by real world events that even the alarmists have now disowned him.
    Among the people who weren’t invited to this festival of climate alarmism was one of the Pope’s own cardinals George Pell, former Archbishop of Sydney. But perhaps that’s because, unlike so many of his co-religionists – such as the lamentable Cafod, the Catholic development agency – he has yet to embrace the fashionable cause of Gaia-worship. On the contrary, Cardinal Pell believes that a doubling of CO2 would be good for the planet because “plants would love it” and once said:
    “Radical environmentalists are more than up to the task of moralising their own agenda and imposing it on people through fear. They don’t need church leaders to help them with this, although it is a very effective way of further muting Christian witness.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2014/12/30/pope-embraces-the-green-religion/

  • cows4me

    If he wants to redistribute he can throw open the Vatican vaults. I know he’s told his clergy to pull their heads in and lead more frugal lives but not much will change. For someone who holds one of the highest positions in the world he really should get some education, then again education never beats ideology when it comes to the leftist mine.

  • dgrogan

    Don’t be fooled that Catholics will blindly follow the Pope’s edicts. There was a time when he was supposedly ‘infallible’. These days, fortunately many can think for themselves.

  • Yes, I agree it is disturbing to see the Pope focus on global warming, but I must also point out that this Pope has also – very bravely – attacked the bureaucracy in the leadership of the Catholic church and the very unchristian ethics of that same bureaucracy.

    The church leadership worldwide is suffering from ‘sadducees and pharisees’ syndrome (yes I am currently involved with a number of churches in leadership training). The speech he gave was brilliant and a small ray of hope that a strong movement towards greater servant leadership and love in the church hierarchy will break through and we will see churches return to their first love.

    No one is perfect, not even the Pope (no I am not a Catholic), but at least something good may come of his tenure. Let us not too quickly jump on the bashing band wagon that will be sure to arise from this speech and pray that he will manage to do one thing right during his time as Pope.

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