Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Benedict XVI--Fascist Pope?

This one has flat pissed me off. Pope Benedict XVI has just issued a statement suggesting that fears over global warming and melting icecaps were nothing more than fear-mongering. I am (was) a Catholic, and I am ashamed to admit it. This latest in an illustrious line of "infallible" voices of God is so far out of line here that I can only surmise he is worried about the value of the Vatican's oil stocks.

This man Ratzinger, a German by birth, seems to be forgetting that God charged us with the responsibility to care for the Earth. Instead he is acting like a corporatist, seemingly more interested in spouting a line that parrots the arguments advanced by maybe ten climate scientists out of around 2,000, all ten of whom are being paid by energy corporations and industry-financed front groups to deny the obvious. Gotta protect those profits--screw the Earth!

Not to disparage the Germans, but this s.o.b. talks like the Fascists of the Nazi era, and he's old enough to have bought into that crap when it was fresh.

If the climatologists are correct, and the worst comes to pass, rising sea levels will displace an estimated 1.2 billion people, mostly poor. Poor enough that they probably don't have any oil stocks of their own. If the Pope doesn't care about that segment of God's children, I guess that God doesn't give much of a damn, either.

Given the predilection of the Church to provide aid and comfort to pedophiles, it seems 'ol Bendadick would rather hug altar boys than trees.

Here are a few excerpts from the full article in the Daily Mail (h/t-Raw Story)

Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.

The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering.

The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement.

...The 80-year-old Pope said the world needed to care for the environment but not to the point where the welfare of animals and plants was given a greater priority than that of mankind.

Someone should explain to him that the fate of plants and animals is inextricably linked with that of mankind.

Shame on him.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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