Does he know? Was it intentional?
Does it even matter any more?
To give a quick summery of what I am talking about, I refer to Michael Voris's (Church Militant) "Breaking Report- Papal Encyclical A First Look".
Where Michael says Laudato Si "is not binding" on Catholics.
I don't think he's right about that - I HOPE he's right about that, but sadly I don't think he is. Here is my comment on his website explaining why I think Voris might be wrong.
#15 from Laudato Si, states:
"15. It is my hope that this Encyclical Letter, which is now added to the body of the Church’s social teaching, can help us to acknowledge the appeal, immensity and urgency of the challenge we face. 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, letting them touch us deeply and provide a concrete foundation for the ethical and spiritual itinerary that follows. I will then consider some principles drawn from the Judaeo-Christian tradition which can render our commitment to the environment more coherent. I will then attempt to get to the roots of the present situation, so as to consider not only its symptoms but also its deepest causes. This will help to provide an approach to ecology which respects our unique place as human beings in this world and our relationship to our surroundings. In light of this reflection, I will advance some broader proposals for dialogue and action which would involve each of us as individuals, and also affect international policy. Finally, convinced as I am that change is impossible without motivation and a process of education, I will offer some inspired guidelines for human development to be found in the treasure of Christian spiritual experience."
If that is true, its not the worst of it- at least in my opinion.
The worst part is Pope Francis telling the world we need ONE GLOBAL AUTHORITY TO RULE OVER EVERYONE on the environment.
177. Given the real potential for a misuse of human abilities, individual states can no longer ignore their responsibility for planning, coordination, oversight and enforcement within their respective borders. How can a society plan and protect its future amid constantly developing technological innovations? One authoritative source of oversight and coordination is the law, which lays down rules for admissible conduct in the light of the common good. The limits which a healthy, mature and sovereign society must impose are those related to foresight and security, regulatory norms, timely enforcement, the elimination of corruption, effective responses to undesired side-effects of production processes, and appropriate intervention where potential or uncertain risks are involved. There is a growing jurisprudence dealing with the reduction of pollution by business activities. But political and institutional frameworks do not exist simply to avoid bad practice, but also to promote best practice, to stimulate creativity in seeking new solutions and to encourage individual or group initiatives.And the Pope is suggesting that such an Authority be unchanging...
181. Here, continuity is essential, because policies related to climate change and environmental protection cannot be altered with every change of government. Results take time and demand immediate outlays which may not produce tangible effects within any one government’s term. That is why, in the absence of pressure from the public and from civic institutions, political authorities will always be reluctant to intervene, all the more when urgent needs must be met. To take up these responsibilities and the costs they entail, politicians will inevitably clash with the mindset of short-term gain and results which dominates present-day economics and politics. But if they are courageous, they will attest to their God-given dignity and leave behind a testimony of selfless responsibility. A healthy politics is sorely needed, capable of reforming and coordinating institutions, promoting best practices and overcoming undue pressure and bureaucratic inertia. It should be added, though, that even the best mechanisms can break down when there are no worthy goals and values, or a genuine and profound humanism to serve as the basis of a noble and generous society.Folks this is NOT good news...it should be terrifying if you take a moment to look into the future of such a global power.
Here is my comment left on Church Militants website:
The days of worrying over whose statistics say what about climate change are over.
How many people think nations will willingly hand over such power to ONE AUTHORITY on earth? Some will, most won't. Even if its 50%/50% it will mean WAR.
As I said in the above statement... Pope Francis has just founded the tool to a One World Authority and he's wrapped it in a Papal Bow.
Pray Catholics, pray for the salvation of souls - and a pope with wisdom and foresight- we need it- badly.
Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner