Right now the Pope is in the U.S., so we are inundated with popeology. This special report can be added to that list — but it will be rather different from mainstream media reports.
One can’t help but admire the Pope’s many virtues (like his genuine humility). Likewise, almost everyone would support his Christian objectives (e.g. truly helping the poor).
Unfortunately having a worthy objective is not sufficient for success. As this great theological insight says: “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”
For example, it is indisputable that the poor will be immeasurably helped by having ready access to low-cost, reliable electricity. So why would the Pope support ideology that endorses high-cost, unreliable electricity (e.g. wind energy)?
My assumption (which may be naive) is that some advisors with nefarious ambitions have taken advantage of the Pope’s good intentions, and humble, deferential personality.
As one scientist aptly put it: “before we can know what is moral, we must know what is true.”
Below I’ve collected a sample of good commentaries about the Pope’s climate change Encyclical, many of which will never see the light-of-day in major media outlets. I’ve also repeated some of the prior Pope-related articles from my recent Newsletters. Reading these will put things into better perspective.
IMO we all need to pray that our representatives stop promoting self-serving agendas, and instead adopt sound scientific solutions to our technical issues. Doing that will benefit everyone — especially the poor.
New Commentary on the Pope’s AGW Position:
Pope Francis’ Fact-Free Flamboyance
Do Catholics Have to Believe the Pope about Climate Change?
Pope Francis Should Stop Washing His Robes
The Left Has its Pope
Pope Francis: Before One Can Know What is Moral, He Must Know What is True
Pope Francis, Fossil Fuels Won’t Cause Armageddon
Pope Francis’s Crusade Against Fossil Fuels Hurts The Poor Most Of All
Some Prior Worthwhile Articles about the Pope’s AGW Position:
Cardinal Pell Criticizes the Pope’s Climate Statement
The Papal Encyclical: A Christian Response
Pope Francis Has A Problem
A Libertarian View of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si
An Open Letter to Pope Francis on Climate Change
Mixing Up the Sciences of Heaven and Earth
Four Things to Remember About the Pope’s Environmental Letter
Pope’s Climate Advisor is an atheist
Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet
Climate and the Church: It’s Back to Galileo
The ironies of Pope Francis’s climate-change cure
Richard Tol: The Pope on Climate
The Pontiff Buys a Bridge
Less than Half of US Catholics Believe in AGW
Pope Francis’ Vow of Poverty — for All
The Church Of Climatism
Speaker at Vatican Climate Change Rollout: Earth Overpopulated by 6 Billion
The Pope’s Green Theology
Short video: The Pope and an Energy Poverty
A Catholic Perspective on Climate Change
Cardinal Pell: Be Prudent with Climate Claims
A Message for Pope Francis
A Few Good Ideas for the Pope
Why God is Not a Warmist
Pope’s Thinking is Outdated
An Errant Environmental Encyclical
Green Policy — Complicity in Genocide?
Pope Ponders Paganism
The Pope, the Saint and the Climate
Vatican becomes an arm of godless United Nations with climate statement
Pope Francis Apparently Doesn’t Know IPCC Climate Objective Contradicts Catholic Doctrine
Silencing Skeptics, Conservatives and Free Speech
Pope’s position on climate change really about population control
Catholic Churchmen Dance to Enviro-Pagan Puppet Masters