By Richard Brinkley
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is to change the economic model of the world, i.e., destroy capitalism, not save the environment.
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Now Pope Francis has entered the fray with his encyclical, the first papal missive devoted entirely to climate change. Pope Francis called for a sweeping cultural revolution to correct what he described as a “global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods” (emphasis mine). Pope Francis and Christine Figueres not only have Marxism in common but also both believe in wealth redistribution. Well Pope Francis, you first: let the Catholic Church lead the way with its billions of dollars.
The Pope may be infallible on Catholic theology but he does not know anything about meteorology. By joining the leftist ranks of the Church of Climatology, Pope Francis has politicized the Catholic Church. The encyclical is neither a scientific manifesto nor a theological manifesto. It is a political manifesto.
The argument for man-caused has been repeatedly discredited. East Anglican University was exposed for fabricating and falsifying temperature data. The United Nations International Panel on Climate Change has been discredited because it relied solely on the East Anglican University data. And finally, Christine Figueres admitted that so-called climate change is only a means to destroy free markets and install a Marxist economic system, which has failed in every instance it was tried.
It is no coincidence that confidence in organized religion is at a new low, with a Gallup poll showing only 51% of Protestants and Catholics having confidence in organized religion. Once leading in the polls, organized religion and the Church now rank fourth, behind the military, small business and the police.
While the United States remains home to more Christians that any other country, contrary to President Obama’s expert opinion, the Christian share of the population is declining, primarily due to a drop among mainline Protestants and Catholics.
In an online survey of American Catholics, more than three-quarters of respondents said that the sexual abuse scandal was the primary reason cited by people who left the church and are not coming back. The scandal led to a loss of two million Catholics.
Polls show that religiously unaffiliated (with organized religion) nearly doubled in 2014. Pew found that the rise of religious intermarriages is linked to the growth of religiously unaffiliated. The religiously unaffiliated no longer feel attached to organized religion.
The Marxist politicization of the Catholic Church is evident in Pope Francis recognizing and legitimizing a Palestinian state without requiring those who received this recognition to recognize Israel as a Jewish State.
Miguel D’Escoto, advocate of Marxist oriented “liberation theology” and recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize, has returned to his duties as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church after a twenty-nine year suspension. The anti-communist Pope John Paul II had suspended him in 1985. His reinstatement is indicative of the Church’s Marxist politicization.
Pope Francis denies he is a Marxist but continues to attack the free market system. Pope Francis once commented, “The ideology of Marxism is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.” The Pope equivocates. Marxism is evil. Those that support Marxism are also evil. The Pope cannot have it both ways.
God help us if we need a Marxist Pope lacking any scientific background to support the politics of global warming and the Church of Climatology. The Church will suffer greater exodus of parishioners. Now we can add the politics of climate change to the existing list of reasons for parishioner estrangement from the Church:
- Inadequate handling of the sex abuse crisis.
- Church stance on homosexuality.
- Dissatisfaction with the priest due to arrogance, aloofness and insensitivity.
- Uninspired preaching.
- Church’s stance toward divorced and remarried Catholics.
- Prohibition of women priests.
- Politics of becoming the Church of Climatology.