Pope Blasts Climate Change Critics in New Eco-Decree

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by Jules Gomes  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 4, 2023   

Doomsday magisterial edict derides scientific data contesting alarmism

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VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - Painting a doomsday scenario, Pope Francis has released an apocalyptic apostolic exhortation on climate change that excoriates skeptics and ridicules scientific data contesting climate alarmism. 

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Pope Francis with climate activist Greta Thunberg

Calling for globalist bodies to be "endowed with real authority" to address the problem, Francis said he felt compelled to challenge those who have "chosen to deride" the "facts" of climate change because of "certain dismissive and scarcely reasonable opinions that I encounter, even within the Catholic Church."

Released on Oct. 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the pope's magisterial document titled Laudate Deum ("Praise God") is addressed to "all people of goodwill on the climate crisis." It is a sequel to his eco-encyclical Laudato Sí, published in May 2015. 

Where Is Jesus?

In the 44 footnotes to the Laudate Deum, Pope Francis references Laudato Sí the most (18 times), followed by at least ten references to reports from the United Nations and other global governmental agencies. Francis also quotes his 2020 encyclical Fratelli Tutti.

Francis mentions Jesus only three times in the exhortation, not as the savior of the world, but as someone who "was able to invite others to be attentive to the beauty that there is in the world because He himself was in constant touch with nature."

There is no climate emergency. 

"The world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point," the pontiff warns. "Despite all attempts to deny, conceal, gloss over or relativize the issue, the signs of climate change are here and increasingly evident."

"It is verifiable that specific climate changes provoked by humanity are notably heightening the probability of extreme phenomena that are increasingly frequent and intense," he adds. 


 

Citing examples of global catastrophe, Francis warns that "heat waves will be much more frequent and with greater intensity" and that "the icecaps of Greenland and a large part of Antarctica will melt completely, with immensely grave consequences for everyone."

Laudate Deum, which runs into over 7,000 words in the Vatican's official English translation from the Spanish original, mentions the "Catholic Church" only once while censuring Catholics who are climate change critics. 

It continues to be regrettable that global crises are being squandered.

"In order to ridicule those who speak of global warming, it is pointed out that intermittent periods of extreme cold regularly occur," Francis warns, slamming skeptics who "bring up allegedly solid scientific data, like the fact that the planet has always had, and will have, periods of cooling and warming."

"It is no longer possible to doubt the human — 'anthropic' — origin of climate change," the pontiff proclaims. "More than 42% of total net emissions since the year 1850 were produced after 1990."

"The overwhelming majority of scientists specializing in climate support this correlation, and only a very small percentage of them seek to deny the evidence," Francis notes, offering no references or arguments against scientists who are challenging climate alarmism.

Global Government

Anticipating criticism of his endorsement of a one-world government as a means of tackling global exigencies, Francis notes, "It is not helpful to confuse multilateralism with a world authority concentrated in one person or in an elite with excessive power."

"When we talk about the possibility of some form of world authority regulated by law, we need not necessarily think of a personal authority" but of empowering "more effective world organizations," the papal edict explains. 

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St. Francis of Assisi

"The issue is that they must be endowed with real authority, in such a way as to 'provide for' the attainment of certain essential goals," Francis emphasizes.

"It continues to be regrettable that global crises are being squandered when they could be the occasions to bring about beneficial changes," the pope laments. "This is what happened in the 2007–2008 financial crisis and again in the COVID-19 crisis."

Francis argues that the current "multipolar" world and its complexity demand "a different framework for effective cooperation is required." The old paradigm that calls for a "balance of power" needs to be replaced by bodies that can ensure "global safeguarding."

The pope fails to name China and India as the world's two largest polluters, but he criticizes the United States for emissions per individual being two times greater than those of individuals living in China and about seven times greater than the average of the poorest countries.

Francis attacks the "irresponsible lifestyle connected with the Western model" for having "a significant long-term impact." 

The pope's exhortation explores the successes and failures of United Nations conferences on climate change beginning with the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Conference and asks his readers to hope that the forthcoming COP28 in the United Arab Emirates "will allow for a decisive acceleration of energy transition." 

There is no cause for panic and alarm. 

"This conference can represent a change of direction, showing that everything done since 1992 was in fact serious and worth the effort, or else it will be a great disappointment and jeopardize whatever good has been achieved thus far," Francis writes. 

The pope ends by asking "everyone to accompany this pilgrimage of reconciliation with the world" while recognizing that "the most effective solutions will not come from individual efforts alone, but above all from major political decisions on the national and international level." 

Scientists Debunk Climate Alarmism

In August, over 1,800 scientists signed the World Climate Declaration in a 53-page document titled "There is No Climate Emergency."

"Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific," write the scientists, who include two Nobel laureates and noted Italian Catholic scientist Alberto Prestininzi.

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Alberto Prestininzi

The scientists debunk the use of climate models as having "many shortcomings" and "not remotely plausible as policy tools," as models "exaggerate the effect of greenhouse gases" and "also ignore the fact that enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial."

"Climate science has degenerated into a discussion based on beliefs, not on sound self-critical science," the scientists state. "Should not we free ourselves from the naive belief in immature climate models?" 

"There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent," the scientists observe.

"There is no climate emergency. Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm. We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050," they write. 

In Sept. 2021, a groundbreaking study by Italian scientists attacked the "climate emergency" myth promoted by the likes of Pope Francis and Greta Thunberg. 

"The climate crisis that, according to many sources, we are experiencing today, is not evident yet" based on "observational data," the scientists concluded in a 2022 peer-reviewed study published in the European Physical Journal Plus.

Should not we free ourselves from the naive belief in immature climate models?

The experts examined extreme meteorological events like heat waves, cyclones, floods and droughts, as well as ecosystem productivity and yields of four main crops. They concluded that "none of these response indicators show a clear positive trend of extreme events."

A peer-reviewed study in 2021 revealed that United States bishops, by and large, are snubbing Pope Francis' climate change agenda by either ignoring it, distancing themselves from it or downplaying aspects that conflict with a conservative ideology, Church Militant reported.

Published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, the study claimed that "Catholic bishops' diocesan communications have collectively snuffed out the spark of Laudato Sí."

Despite the Vatican explicitly ordering bishops to "promote Laudato Sí" in their dioceses, the U.S. bishops "only emphasized parts of Laudato Sí that correspond to a conservative political identity/ideology," the study reported.

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