Today’s post is at the Stream: “UN’s Vision for Lifting Up the World’s Poor Differs Sharply from the Pope’s“. And dangerously.
Pope Francis, in his speech to the UN, expressed his continuing and deep concern for “reclaiming the environment.” To the Holy Father, ecology is no small matter, but is instead a terrible, if not the primary, problem besetting humanity. To stress this, in his encyclical Laudato Si’ he said, “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”
The Pope asked the UN to clean up the mess. How? He said, “The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the World Summit, which opens today, is an important sign of hope. I am similarly confident that the Paris Conference on Climatic Change [this December] will secure fundamental and effective agreements.”
Now let’s accept for the sake of argument that the Holy Father is right and that the environment is in need of emergency surgery to “save” it. It’s true that the evidence for this need, particularly concerning global warming, is overblown. And it’s also true that the Pope came to his views based on the flawed, disingenuous, anti-scientific, and even anti-Christian advice of people whose vision of the world is entirely secular. But let that pass. The Pope is, after all, the master of his own words, and he has chosen to believe his advisors.
And so too shall we believe them, but only here and only in support of the goal of understanding what can and should be done and the consequences of the actions we would take.
This is different than The Pope’s Bargain, which we discussed yesterday. I argue the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which the Holy Father singled out for praise, are the exact opposite of Church teaching on several fundamental matters.
I also show the consequences of calling for “stopping climate change” which such a thing is physically impossible. And I also argue, again, that “sustainability” is an unattainable goal.
The end result of increasing UN and governmental control will to make them hungrier for more.