- Francis’s encyclical is expected to call for action on climate change
- The pope has said he believes climate change is largely man-made
- A widely read Italian Catholic writer warns that action on climate change could lead to population control
- He cited Catholic doctrine that every life is sacred and cannot be sacrificed, even to save the planet
Vatican officials confirmed this week that Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical letter on the environment is finished and ready for translation, and should be released in June. An “encyclical” is the most developed form of papal teaching, and this will be the very first such document ever devoted entirely to the environment.
To set the table, the Vatican co-hosted a summit on climate change in Rome this week along with the United Nations, with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as the headliner. The Heartland Institute, a leading American forum for climate change and global warming skeptics, organized a rump event in Rome, but those voices were pointedly not invited inside the Vatican and UN conference.
The near-universal expectation is that Francis’s encyclical will lend the moral authority of the Catholic Church to calls for stronger environmental protection, including limits on greenhouse gas emissions as part of the anti-climate change push.
Francis has already tipped his hand about the document’s contents in multiple ways.
He’s said he wanted the document out by mid-2015 so it would influence a UN climate change summit set for Paris in December. The pontiff said he hopes the nations gathered at the event will make “courageous” choices – clearly implying that he doesn’t believe efforts to date have been especially courageous.
In January, he went on record saying he believes climate change is largely man-made, going so far as to fault humanity for “slapping around” the natural world. Francis is also fond of saying, whenever talk turns to the environment, that “God always forgives, man sometimes forgives, but nature never forgives.” Source
Make sure you read the source article to the end. It is more terrifying that a Hammer House of Horrors movie. Pope Francis seems to have fallen for the “green” propaganda hook, line and Fisherman’s Ring. What on EARTH is the point of a “green” encyclical? Isn’t the Pope aware of the inseparable link between alleged “green” issues and population control? The source article refers to the fears of pro-life activists – are they right to be afraid of what might transpire now that Pope Francis has allied the Catholic Church to the population control movement, via his entirely pointless – and very dangerous – “green” encyclical?