Unabomber or Pope Francis?
June 23rd, 2015

Colby Cosh has a little quiz with lines from the pope’s climate change encyclical. It’s great fun. But before that, he points out the following:

On June 18, though, he almost seemed to set a new standard for regular-guy-ness when his official Twitter account let loose with a machine-gun rattle of short quotations from his new papal encyclical about the environment . . .

I say “quotations” out of instinctive respect, but one is tempted to say “quips.” Whoever is in charge of @Pontifex started dishing tweets like some layabout ex-journalist tweaking on Red Bull. And come to think of it, that is probably exactly the sort of person who was handling the task. “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” the Holy Father’s social-media personification rapped. “We have to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” . . .

The climate is a “common good,” says the Pope, and there is “a very solid scientific consensus” that it is changing in “disturbing” ways. Hooray for Science Pope! But before you know it he is weighing in on drinking water. “…in some places there is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market.” It turns out this is bad, even though almost any economist alive would instantly apply a red pencil and several question marks to that “despite.”

Before long Francis is going off on “Decline in the Quality of Human Life and the Breakdown of Society.” Hilariously, there’s a warning about new digital media, presumably in forms like … er, Twitter? They “[give] rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature,” quoth @Pontifex.

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  3. Galley Friend J.E. June 24, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    There’s only one explanation. Someone flashed a Queen of Diamonds in front of him. He’s the Manchurian Pope.

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  7. One Who Cares June 24, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Maybe he should do more Bible study and less environmental study. He might learn he’s wrong about both that way, for this world is not the home of the Christian; The Christian is a stranger in this land.

    “For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven which is yet to come” Hebrews 13:14

    “For we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Saviour” Philipians 3:20

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  9. geek49203 June 24, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Not the first nor the last religious person to be swept up into matters of economics, science, or politics that they cannot understand, that are not mentioned in their holy writings, but for which they feel compelled to proscribe a solution.

    I was in a gathering of United Methodists back in the 80’s, when the entire “nuclear free zone” fad was big on the Left. The gathering decided to call for the banning of all nuclear energy everywhere. My parish had a former NASA engineer, who deadpanned something about it being tough to ban the sun, and if so banned, to make it stick.

    Religious people — notably religious liberals — scarcely can concern themselves with the nuances of any issue. They cannot describe economics in a way that show they can identify a supply-demand curve graph. The don’t know accounting or much about running a business. They have no clue as to the history of most political situations. But they feel free to proscribe whatever solution is en vogue with the American Left, no matter how silly or improbably it might be.

    And so goes it with this Pope. Oh for the days when the Pope correctly identified a true evil — Communism or Nazi Imperialism, for instance — or at least was too infirm to say anything stupid. Now, he’s reduced to a proxy battle where “global warming” is being used to seize money and power (ironically using tree rings as “proxies”) and doesn’t seem to be bright enough to realize he’s a useful idiot. Then again, most on the Left don’t have such self awareness….

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  12. EndOfPatience June 25, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Cut poor Francis some slack. It isn’t easy, being the first borderline retarded Jesuit in the history of the Order.

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