We are once again treated to the Tweedledee and Tweedledum philosophy of the Catholic Church. Urging us to make our world cleaner by slowing carbon emissions will not do any good, given the Church’s stance on birth control.
The Pope has now come out strongly on the side of Mother Nature and presumes to lecture the world on what it needs to do to correct the messes made by the last couple of generations of mankind.
This is ironic again, in that the Catholic Church does its’ best to over populate the world by denying birth control to fellow Catholics and interfering in government programs aimed at fighting AIDS in Africa through the dispersing of condoms.
How can we lower our carbon emissions if there are new millions of bodies all clamoring for clean water, beef, and living space? Does the economics of overpopulation take into account the increased displaced populations that need all these services?
Does not the overpopulation of any area bring violence and quarrels over resources?
This has been in action for years now, but not much is done by the Catholics to alleviate over population or the chaos that results.
Again, why should we follow this Pope’s exhortations to curb our greenhouse gasses through programs that lower the economic wellbeing and progress in developing countries, when there are so many sins laid at the churches’ door?
Rather than putting the power of the bully pulpit to use in issuing a Papal Encyclical concerning the climate change of the world, let him see to his own flock, and change the way he acts towards women.
A good start would be to butt out of government activities and stop financing laws to take people rights away, such as same sex marriage. Then let up on those educational efforts to get teens to stop messing around with the dictate that they should abstain. Teens are going to abstain from having sex with one another the way priests abstained from molesting little boys.
When there are cities so large in South America that one can fly from one edge to the other faster than taking ground transportation, and the air in Mexico City is unbreathable in certain seasons, we have to lay the blame on the Catholic Church’s teachings which encouraged runaway child bearing resulting in vast slums of poor people, all hustling for the piece of pie that would enable them to survive one more day.
Less population means less stress on natural resources, less air pollution and a cooler planet.
In the meantime, not all Catholics in this country think that the Pope has the right idea. Republican Catholics fear the power of the Pope’s bully pulpit, and have already voiced their displeasure. This is purely political thinking on their part, and has no bearing on the basic problem.
The problem is that the Pope wants to have his cake and eat it too. We can’t clean up the air and oceans by breeding like rabbits, and the damage done already is putting us very near the tipping point into real danger
The danger is from more rain on certain parts of America because there is so much heat in the air and moisture drawn up into the atmosphere. What goes up must come down somewhere, and we are already seeing heavy storms because of this condition.
Then there is the opposite condition, too little rain in California because of persistent high pressure in the atmosphere.
The Pope is really in a bad place, like the rock of tradition and the stone of over population.
There is no retreat for him, and no real progress will be made until we can get ourselves under control.