A most disturbing image (Figure 1) appeared in 2015 when former Argentinian citizen Jorge Mario Bergoglio visited an old friend, in his new job as Pope Francis. The friend was Bolivian Marxist President Evo Morales. He gave him a ‘communist crucifix,’ that depicted Jesus crucified on a hammer and sickle. The only plausible reason he would give such a bizarre gift is that he recognized a ‘fellow traveler.’
The Pope later tried to claim it was “protest art” but only after the backlash. Notice he also has a chain around his neck with the insignia on it. Morales made sure he could not simply hand off the symbol to an aide. When you examine the Pope’s involvement with the global warming issue you understand why the charge that he is a Marxist has credibility. The situation was not missed by cartoonists, the most astute observers of society (Figure 2). The problem is the proposed solution to anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is a reduced and globally controlled population, which are the antithesis of the Catholic credo of go forth and multiply.
“Is the Pope Catholic?” was a reliable truism until Pope Francis was elected. Now, many believe it is not true because of his actions. First, let me make clear that there is a difference between Christianity and the Catholic Church and it is essential to understand the difference to understand what is happening. The problem is common to all things in society because everything from a book, to a business, to a country, to a religion, starts with an idea. If the idea is to gain traction, it always needs an organized structure to spread and maintain it. Invariably, the structure becomes more important than the idea and both begin to fail. It is occurring in the US as people realize they have drifted too far from the original idea set out in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The structure, government, has become bigger than the idea.
The Catholic church is a structure that many people believe was necessary to disseminate and control the faith. It gradually became more important than Christianity, until Martin Luther called for a reformation, a return to Christianity in 1517. It drifts again today, as the Pope’s actions underscore.
I became aware of the problems the church’s position created for Catholics when I received a call from a religious group about global warming was from the editor of the Scottish Catholic parishioner’s magazine. She explained that parishioners were upset because the Bishop directed all priests to give sermons about global warming. The woman described the parishioners view as biblical, and cited
“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
Pope Francis began advocating the global warming (AGW) agenda of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), with the help of the Obama White House. It is hard to believe he didn’t know their ultimate objective was to reduce and control population, which contradicts Catholic doctrine. The irony is that as a Jesuit, the ideological church police, he should know, but apparently, his personal and political and economic perspective trumps it. He also doesn’t appear to know that population control comes naturally with industrial and economic development. He was aware that his connection to the Jesuits was a handicap. He is the first Jesuit in history to become Pope. Despite that, he took the name of Francis to align himself with the most socialist of saints, Francis of Assisi. He was one of the wealthiest people of his time and with a grand gesture gave everything away and wandered around in a brown robe with bare feet administering to animals and the poor. The ideal image for Jorge Mario Bergoglio, but not for a Jesuit Pope.
Coercion of the Pope to the global warming message began during the Obama era when John Kerry visited the Vatican, reportedly to discuss Middle East issues. Most Americans think Kerry is an Irish Catholic. In fact, the Kerry family came from a small town that is now part of the Czech Republic. The New York Times reported that before emigrating to America, the Kerry’s changed their name from Kohn and converted from Judaism to Catholicism.
The Obama administration cemented the connection and involvement of the Pope by sending the top bureaucrat of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, to the Vatican. McCarthy said the purpose was to confirm for the Vatican how aligned President Barack Obama and Francis were on climate change. That is that global warming isn’t just an environmental issue, but a public health threat, and an economic opportunity.
These are sentiments expressed by socialist throughout the history of the AGW deception. Senator Timothy Wirth who put the scam on the world stage by holding a Senate hearing in 1988 at which James Hansen (NASA GISS) said, with no evidence, that he was 99% certain humans were causing global warming. Wirth said, in “Science Under Siege” by Michael Fumento that,
“We’ve got to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”
The last comment parallels the political objective identified by Canadian Environment Minister Christine Stewart, who said,
“No matter if the science of global warming is all phony… climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.”
This is precisely what the Pope brought from the slums and poverty of Argentina and wants to believe. Apparently, the Pope, like all socialist ideologues, believes the end justifies the means. The problem is the AGW agenda is designed to get rid of most of the people on the planet. This was cynically set out in the banner headline that said, “Save the planet, kill yourself.”
The claim that human-caused global warming was destroying the planet came from the Club of Rome (COR) who took the Malthusian idea that world population would outgrow food resources and expanded it to all resources. Their 1972 book Limits to Growth, anticipated the method used for IPCC Reports. It used simple linear trends for population and resources to project global exhaustion and catastrophe. They used computer models to create the illusion of scientific accuracy. Just like the IPCC, all their predictions.
The argument was twofold. Pressure on resources was occurring by natural rates of population increase, and developed nations were using the resources at an accelerated rate. The goal was also twofold. Reduce population overall and reduce industrialization that caused the increased demand on resources.
The Pope either did not think through his commitment to the IPCC claims as expounded by the Obama White House or chose to ignore them. Likely, the persuasion was easy because so many of the false claims fit his socialist ideology. He tried to walk back his commitment by jokingly suggesting he was not promoting population control. He said,
“Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits…but no,”
“it gives consolation and hope to see so many numerous families who receive children as a real gift of God. They know that every child is a benediction.”
He called “simplistic” the belief that large families were the cause of poverty, blaming it instead on an unjust economic system.
“We can all say that the principal cause of poverty is an economic system that has removed the person from the center, and put the god of money there instead.”
And there it is, an anti-capitalist agenda hiding under the guise of caring about the poor.
What is the Pope’s economic policy? The answer is the economic redistribution of wealth by the government or socialism. Now the quote parallels what Pope Francis is identifying in his Encyclical “Laudato Si.” Global warming is a front for a broader, anti-capitalist, anti-development, total population control, agenda. The Encyclical is a diktat from the Pope, a person who is claimed as infallible by the Church. What is not widely known are the people the Pope used to help him draft it.
Hans Schellnhuber was Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) at the time he became an advisor to the Vatican. As a member of the IPCC, he accepted their claim that it was an increasingly over-populated world. However, as a Pantheist, he believed the problem was more extreme than even they claimed. One dictionary defines Pantheism as
“the doctrine that God is the transcendent reality of which the material universe and human beings are only manifestations: it involves a denial of God’s personality and expresses a tendency to identify God and nature.”
Ironically, this is a form of atheism that would create another religion similar to Animism, the worship of nature. This parallels the concept of Gaia, another pseudo-religious exploitation of environmentalism. Schellnhuber believes global warming will solve overpopulation. In Copenhagen in 2009, he said that a 9° F (5°C) rise in global temperature would devastate the Earth’s population.
“In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something –- namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below 1 billion people,”
This assumes the world is overpopulated, which is entirely false. Most of the world is virtually unpopulated (Figure 4)
The other person the Pope selected to help him prepare the Encyclical was Naomi Klein. Here is how The Guardian described Ms. Klein.
“She is one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the pope’s most senior aides and a professor of climate change economics. But this week the secular radical will join forces with the Catholic cardinal in the latest move by Pope Francis to shift the debate on global warming.”
The combination of Schellenhuber and Klein guaranteed a revolutionary Encyclical because Pope Francis accepts that overpopulation and AGW are dangerous enough to supersede fundamental Church doctrine. The Encyclical promotes the same claims and solutions as UN Agenda 21. This includes a transfer of wealth as required by the Kyoto Protocol and its replacement the Green Climate Fund, approved at the Paris Climate Conference. Like the IPCC, the Encyclical uses global warming as justification for a political agenda. The problem is the political agenda contradicts fundamental traditional Catholic belief and teaching. The church always fought against birth control and abortions. A lawsuit filed in New York just a few years ago saw the Church suing the UN and the White House over these issues.
The main theme of the Encyclical is the threat of population growth and its negative impact on the environment. This is not a new concern for the papacy. In a 1968 Encyclical titled Humanae Vitae, Paul VI wrote,
“The changes that have taken place are of considerable importance and varied in nature. In the first place there is the rapid increase in population which has made many fear that world population is going to grow faster than available resources, with the consequence that many families and developing countries would be faced with greater hardships. This can easily induce public authorities to be tempted to take even harsher measures to avert this danger.”
“Also noteworthy is a new understanding of the dignity of woman and her place in society, of the value of conjugal love in marriage and the relationship of conjugal acts to this love.”
“But the most remarkable development of all is to be seen in man’s stupendous progress in the domination and rational organization of the forces of nature to the point that he is endeavoring to extend this control over every aspect of his own life—over his body, over his mind and emotions, over his social life, and even over the laws that regulate the transmission of life.”
Paul VI starts with the false claim of the threat of overpopulation. This is an interesting position taken by men who will not allow women to be priests and practice the most unnatural behavior of celibacy. As a defrocked priest friend of mine, now married told me, I laugh when I remember, as a single, celibate priest, counseling couples about marriage. Of course, the Church has continuosly imposed or removed the celibacy rule throughout its history. The Catholic church has little to do with Christianity. As George Bernard Shaw said, Christianity is the greatest thing in the world. It is just a pity nobody ever tried it. Pope Francis is making sure as a Marxist that nobody will try it. He is making the new religion of environmentalism and global warming the opiate of the masses.