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(Father Lombardi) Thank you, now we move on to the questions which our colleagues have signed up to ask you. The first is Jerry O'Connell of America magazione, whom you know well. He will now speak.
(Jerry O'Connell) First of all, Holy Father, I agree with Father Lombardi, congratulations for the successful outcome of the visit to Sri Lanka. I have a question from the English-speaking group. We agreed to ask a bridge question, one connecting the visits to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. In Sri Lanka we saw the beauty of nature but also how vulnerable that island is: from climate changes to the sea, etc. We are going to the Philippines and you will visit the area which has been hardest hit. For over a year now you been studying the issue of ecology and care for creation. My question has to do with three aspects of this. First, is climate change mostly the effect of human causes, to our failure to care of nature? Second, when will your encyclical be issued? Third, you insist greatly, as we saw in Sri Lanka, on interreligious cooperation; do you intend to ask other religions to join in facing this problem? Thank you.
(Pope Francis) The first question. You said a word - "mostly" - which saves me from going into a lot of details. I don't know about entirely, but mainly, for the most part, it is human beings who abuse nature, constantly. We have in some sense begun to lord it over nature, sister earth, mother earth. I remember, you have already heard this, what an old farmer once told me: "God always forgives, we men and women sometimes forgive, but nature never forgives". If you abuse her, she gives it back to you. I believe that we have overly exploited nature; the deforestations, for example. I remember at Aparecida- at the time I did not really understand this problem when I would listen to the Brazilian bishops talk about the deforestation of Amazonia. I didn't quite understand. Amazonia is one of the world's lungs. Then, five years later, together with a committee for human rights, I petitioned the Supreme Court of Argentina to halt, at least temporarily, a terrible deforestation taking place in the north of the country, in the zone north of Salta, Tartagal. This is one aspect. Another is monoculture. Small farmers, for example, know that if you cultivate corn for three years, then you have to stop and plant something else for a couple off years in order to replenish nitrogen in the soil. For example, in our parts only soy is cultivated and you grow soy until the soil is exhausted. Not everybody does this, but it is one example, and there are many others. I believe that man has gone too far. Thanks be to God, today many, many voices speak out about this: here I would mention my dear brother Bartholomaios, who has preached on this issue for years, for years. I have read many of his writings in preparing this encyclical. I can come back to this but I want to be brief. Guardini � I will say this � says something which is quite expressive. He says, the second way of non-cultivation is the bad one. The first form is the non-cultivation which comes with creation, which we then cultivate, but when you go beyond this and become domineering, the resulting culture works against you; here we think of Hiroshima. You create a non-cultivation, a second one.
The encyclical: Cardinal Turkson and his team prepared the first draft. Then, with some help, I took it and worked on it, then with a few theologians I made a third draft and sent a copy to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to the second section of the Secretariat of State, and to the Theologian of the Papal Household to take a look at it, so that I would not say anything "silly"! Three weeks ago I got their responses back, some of them this thick, but all of them constructive. Now I will take a week of March, an entire week, to complete it. I believe that by the end of March it will be finished and sent out for translation. I think that if the work of translation goes well - Archbishop Becciu is listening, and he has to help for this - if it goes well, then it can come out in June or July. The important thing is that there be a bit of time between the issuing of the encyclical and the meeting in Paris, so that it can make a contribution. The meeting in Peru was nothing great. I was disappointed by the lack of courage; things came to a stop at a certain point. Let's hope that in Paris the delegates will be more courageous and will move forward with this.
As to the third question, I believe that dialogue between the religions is important. On this point the other religions have a good approach. Here too there is an agreement that we should have one vision. Not yet in the encyclical. I spoke to some of the other religions on the theme and I know that Cardinal Turkson has also done so, as well as at least two theologians. This is where we are at. There will not be a common statement. The meetings will come later.
I will also include an excerpt from my 2009 article Do Catholics Have To Support A "World Political Authority"? - Some Critical Discernment Regarding Pope Benedict's Recent Suggestions 7/9/09
Crisis Magazine: Don't Lose Sleep Over Climate Change Encyclical 1/5/15
It's official. Progressives love Pope Francis. Their magazines, from Think Progress to Mother Jones, are abuzz with excitement in light of the recent rumor that the pope is going to issue an encyclical on climate change sometime in the next few months. As a politically conservative American Catholic, I'm expected to throw a fit about this, and I hate to disappoint people. So even granting that this is still just a rumor, I'll go ahead and admit that I would not welcome an encyclical that made carbon emissions a much-discussed topic. It would smack of intellectual faddism, and it's always depressing to feel that Church authorities are more focused on trendy social controversies than on the fundamental business of saving souls. Having said that, I'm not going to lose any sleep over a (possible) Church document on climate change. Nor should you. As a political conservative, I care somewhat about political issues such as this. But as a Catholic (which is much more important), I mainly care about fundamental Church teachings on faith and morals. Climate change is only very distantly relevant to any of these, so nothing the Holy Father says about it is likely to muddy doctrinal waters to any great extent. The deposit of faith is safe.
Pope Francis - and I say this as a Catholic - is a complete disaster when it comes to his public policy pronouncements. On the economy, and even more so on the environment, the Pope has allied himself with the far left and has embraced an ideology that would make people poorer and less free. Francis is reportedly preparing a lengthy Encyclical message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics on the need for decisive action on climate change. He plans to speak before the UN general assembly on this subject later this year. The Pope recently declared that: "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." This is the language of the radical green movement that is at its core anti-Christian, anti-people, and anti-progress. He has aligned himself with a secular movement that is antithetical to the fundamental theological underpinning of Catholicism - the sanctity of human life and the value of all souls. The modern pagan green religion in developed nations needs to be denounced by the Vatican. These are the people and organizations who have come to believe that an excessive number of human beings is destroying Mother Earth.
THE GREAT GLOBAL WARMING SWINDLE 1:13:33
Pope Francis's edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches 11/27/14
Pontiff hopes to inspire action at next year's UN meeting in Paris in December after visits to Philippines and New York
In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world's main religions. The reason for such frenetic activity, says Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences, is the pope's wish to directly influence next year's crucial UN climate meeting in Paris, when countries will try to conclude 20 years of fraught negotiations with a universal commitment to reduce emissions.
Polls show most Americans believe in climate change, but give it low priority 9/23/14
Views about climate change and the environment are at the center of one of the U.S.'s sharpest ideological divides, as seen through the different opinions of the seven Typology groups in today's political landscape. About nine-in-ten Solid Liberals (91%) said the Earth is getting warmer, but just two-in-ten Steadfast Conservatives (21%) agreed.
Property-Based Ethics: Environment Edition by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig 1/12/15
Pope Francis is due to release an encyclical on the environment soon, which has US conservatives positively seething.
How Fox News Covered Pope Francis' Action On Climate Change Skepticism, Fearmongering, And Comparison To "Widespread Population Control"
GOP Deeply Divided Over Climate Change 11/1/13
Two-thirds of Americans (67%) say there is solid evidence that the earth has been getting warmer over the last few decades, a figure that has changed little in the past few years. While partisan differences over climate change remain substantial, Republicans face greater internal divisions over this issue than do Democrats. Partisan Views of Global Warming; Many Tea Party Republicans Say It's 'Just Not Happening.' Just 25% of Tea Party Republicans say there is solid evidence of global warming, compared with 61%of non-Tea Party Republicans.
Do Catholics Have To Support A "World Political Authority"? - Some Critical Discernment Regarding Pope Benedict's Recent Suggestions 7/9/09
"In light of the recent Papal Encyclical "Charity in Truth", I thought it would be appropriate for a Catholic 'new world order' opponant and promotor of liberty to address this issue. Are Catholics obligated to agree with everything the Pope says regarding political issues, and are they obligated to support more government interventionism into financial affairs as the media might suggest? The short answer is not only no- but heck no. Let's start with the words of Pope Pius XI, who said, "No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true socialist."
...In closing, I hope this encyclical does not discourage faithful Catholics who believe in liberty and minimal government interventionism. Let us listen with respect to what the Pontiff says, and discuss it reasonably. I have included some of my favorite quotes below regarding our religious obligation to defend the truth; and also, some links including those regarding encyclicals and their binding authority:
I believe in the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church:
Sayings to be known and remembered from the Fathers and Doctors of the Church
"The truth has set bounds. But evil and falsehood multiplies without end; and the more these (evils) are pursued, the more errors they produce." St. Jerome
"He who can correct any evil, and neglects to do it, makes himself accessory to the same." St. Gregory
"We seek no conquest over our adversaries; but only that truth may overcome falsehood." St. Jerome
"It is better that scandal arise than that truth be concealed." St. Gregory the Great
"Not to oppose error is to approve of it, and not to defend truth is to suppress it, and, indeed, to neglect to confound evil men, when we can do it, is not less a sin than to encourage them." Pope Felix III
"He that sees another in error, and endeavors not to correct it, testifies himself to be in error." Pope St. Leo I
"The power of evil men lives on the cowardice of the good." St. John Bosco
"It is a great gain when error and false teachers are exposed, for then, they cease to deceive the simple." Cardinal John Henry Newman
"Medicinal rebuke must be applied to all who sin, lest that they should either themselves perish, or be the ruin of others... Let no one, therefore, say that a man must not be rebuked when he deviates from the right way, but that his return and perseverance must only be asked for from the Lord for him... Severe rebuke should be medicinally applied to all by us that they perish not themselves, or that they may not be the means of destroying others." St. Augustine
"Rebuke those who are unruly, comfort the feeble-minded; support the weak; be patient to all men." 1 Thessalonians 5:14
"When they sin, rebuke them in the presence of all that the rest also may have fear." St. Paul (1 Timothy 5:20)
"If the faith is in imminent peril, prelates ought to be accused by their subjects, even in public." St. Thomas Aquinas
"As it is lawful to resist a Pontiff who attacks the body, it is likewise lawful to resist one who attacks the soul and especially one who would destroy the Church... by not obeying his orders and by impeding the execution of his will." St. Robert Bellarmine
"Who is going to save the church? Not the bishops, not the priest and religious. It is up to you the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save Her." Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Glory to God in the highest, and Peace to His people on Earth
"As for the binding force of these documents it is generally admitted that the mere fact that the pope should have given to any of his utterances the form of an encyclical does not necessarily constitute it an ex-cathedra pronouncement and invest it with infallible authority."
- MAGISTERIAL DOCUMENTS AND PUBLIC DISSENT
- Ex Cathedra
- The Second Vatican Council teaches in Lumen Gentium: "this religious submission of mind and will must be shown in a special way to the authentic magisterium of the Roman pontiff, even when he is not speaking ex cathedra; that is, it must be shown in such a way that his supreme magisterium is acknowledged with reverence, [and] the judgments made by him are sincerely adhered to, according to his manifest mind and will. his mind and will in the matter may be known either from the character of the documents, from his frequent repetition of the same doctrine, or from his manner of speaking" (no. 25)
- The Socialist Perspective- By Lyle J. Arnold, Jr. - "Not everyone is saying it, but many are thinking that the road that will lead the United States out of its economic crisis is Socialism...We should reject the socialist ideals that rest on a materialist view of the world."
- Supreme Knight criticizes use of Pope's encyclical for political agendas
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