That Encyclical, I’m reading it so you don’t have to. Part one: the introduction.

1, “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth” Welcome to Gaia worship courtesy of Saint Francis of Assisi. Start as you mean to go on eh Papa?

2, Doom and gloom.

3, “Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration” Do tell us what you mean…

4, “ecological catastrophe under the effective explosion of industrial civilization”
“the urgent need for a radical change in the conduct of humanity”

5, Every effort to protect and improve our world entails profound changes in “lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the established structures of power which today govern societies”. Roll on communism?

6, Pope Benedict said “The misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognize any higher instance than ourselves, when we see nothing else but ourselves” Why is it the only sensible thing so far in this encyclical was said by the Pope Emeritus?

7-9, Quoting Patriach Bartholomew “For human beings… to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life – these are sins” (Its a shame the AGW myth is slipped in there among lots of things that are real concerns)

10, More talk about that “Attractive and Compelling figure Saint Francis”. (Shame I find him one of the least likeable Saints… and Thomas More was a lawyer and politician for crying out loud.)

11+12, Yes Saint Francis engaged in anthropomorphising on a grand scale, is that a good thing? “His response to the world around him was so much more than intellectual appreciation or economic calculus, for to him each and every creature was a sister united to him by bonds of affection.” Yes it certainly wasn’t intellectual, but I didn’t know he was a feminist too. “Such a conviction cannot be written off as naive romanticism” Actually it can.

13, “Sustainability” buzzword bingo. Particular appreciation is owed to those who tirelessly seek to resolve the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest. Speaking as someone who’s living in fuel poverty due to an insane UK energy policy, that would be nice. (Talking of sustainability Saint Francis was a mendicant friar who lived off the charity of others… not very self sustaining.)

14, “The worldwide ecological movement has already made considerable progress and led to the establishment of numerous organizations committed to raising awareness of these challenges.” (Vomits) Sorry Papa, but the reason why a lot of people ignore and despise the ‘worldwide ecological movement’ is because it has long since abandoned genuine environmentalism and embraced the AGW myth. Many of the solutions they propose are disastrous for the environment and economically devastating to the point of pure misanthropy.

15, “I will begin by briefly reviewing several aspects of the present ecological crisis, with the aim of drawing on the results of the best scientific research available today”. Heaven help us from what a lot of people think is the ‘best scientific research available today’. If its as accurate as the ‘best scientific research available’ in the time of Galileo what could possibly go wrong???

16, “These questions will not be dealt with once and for all, but re framed and enriched again and again.” Sounds boring Papa… heaven help me that was only the introduction.


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