Pope Proposes New Sin: Thou Shalt Not Destroy the Harmony of the Environment

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Pope Francis is fed up with deniers, so much so he is on the verge of declaring a new sin.

Pope Francis proposes Adding ‘Ecological Sin’ to Church Teachings.

Pope Francis, who has made the environment a signature cause of his pontificate, said he was strongly considering adding the category of “ecological sin” to the Catholic Church’s official compendium of teachings.

Pope Francis has stressed the importance of environmental protection since his election in 2013. He dedicated an entire encyclical, “Laudato Si,’” published in 2015, to the topic.

In that document, he called global warming a major threat to life on the planet and called for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels. He also blamed the global market economy for plundering the earth at the expense of the poor and future generations.

In 2016, the pope added environmentalism, or “care for our common home,” to the Catholic Church’s traditional seven works of mercy. He also added it to the Beatitudes, the core set of Christian ideals such as meekness and mercy enunciated by Jesus in the Bible, saying: “Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.”

On Friday, he said he was considering going further. “We must introduce—we are thinking—into the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, the ecological sin against the common home, because it’s a duty,” the pope told an audience of legal experts at the Vatican.

He noted that bishops from the Amazon region meeting at the Vatican in October had defined ecological sin as an “action or omission against God, against others, the community and the environment. It is a sin against future generations and is manifested in the acts and habits of pollution and destruction of the harmony of the environment.”

12th Sin On Deck

Thou Shalt Not Be a Climate Change Denier.

Meanwhile, the sun has ‘reached solar minimum’ and its surface is ominously calm.

There's also a raging debate over whether this will be a 'grand solar minimum' with global cooling.

Repent Now!

Finally please consider Global Warming Fraud Exposed In Pictures

and the World Will End in 12 Years.

But there are only 11 years left now (we've already wasted a year), so please repent while you still can.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (142)
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hmk
hmk

Good way to piss off the remaining Catholics. Maybe he should concentrate on letting priests marry instead.

Webej
Webej

O no. More sunspot BS from Anthony Watts instead of from physicists who have actually measured the correlation between solar irradiance and sunspot activity.

As for the pope, it's not just about CO², it's about leaving behind our garbage and depleting non-renewable resources and offloading the costs to future generations. Yes, don't worry about soil, phosphor, ground water ... the market is Providence.

thimk
thimk

oh father i have sinned, i applied roundup to my garden.

Stuki
Stuki

Keep this sort of PC pandering nonsense up, and, at best, SSPX or some such will walk all over what little "authority" may still remain in Rome.

Maximus_Minimus
Maximus_Minimus

I have thought that it would be beneficial to relocate the papacy to Africa. The benefits are obvious; the bible says multiply and populate the earth, so Africa seems like an ideal place. True, it would break some traditions, but the pope seems to be keen on breaking European traditions, so a win-win. The Vatican is a too sterile a place to take the pulse of the planet.

There is nothing wrong with being an environmentalist, but being a dumb one is.

RonJ
RonJ

The Democratic Party elites are massively sinning against the environment. None are massively cutting their carbon footprint. Obama just bought a $15 million dollar beach front mansion. Imagine the carbon intensive activities produced by the owners of mansions.

The elitists don't even believe their own propaganda. If they did, they would be drastically cutting their carbon footprint to set an example for all to follow.

I remember a previous drought, when Los Angeles was under water rationing, with Mayor Villaragosa getting caught watering his lawn outside the restrictions residents were subjected to.

RonJ
RonJ

Interesting thing about the environment. A lot of recyclables were packaged up and sent over to China to be their problem to deal with. Then China decided not to accept them going forward, dumping the problem back on Americans to deal with. I am aware of at least one U.S. community where the solution became to incinerate recyclables, which has resulted air pollution in their locality.

California is phasing out plastic straws, which democrats imagine are being thrown wholesale into the Pacific Ocean by Californians, while the material in the great Pacific plastic garbage patch is mostly coming from Asia.

Sechel
Sechel

No economist has more shaped my thinking than Milton Friedman but one of the truths or failings I quickly learned about Capitalism is there is very little economic motivation not to pollute unless we're talking about a tree farmer who owns the land and has to ensure it will produce new trees. It's certainly an area where we do need government to ensure that companies aren't permitted to plunder and destroy the air and water or kill the animals for future generations.

I don't see what religion has to do with this, its simply common sense. But if you need to believe G-d created this wonderful planet then who are we to destroy it.

Mish
Mish

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Aaaal
Aaaal

They erected a statue of Molech at the Colloseo entrance less than 3 miles from Satanican, er, Vatican city yet he doesn't say a word but climate change...

Country Bob
Country Bob

The Mueller witch hunt and hearsay-gate have proven beyond any doubt that the Obama regime was too corrupt to even regulate itself -- a corrupt FBI head, a corrupt CIA head, an AG having secret meetings on closed runways, and Biden shaking down Ukraine for a high paying job for his druggie son. Obama was aware of all of this, and at best looked the other way (and in some cases covered it up, Nixon style).

Having said all that, Obama was just quoted in the liberal paper of record saying, "Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision we also have to be rooted in reality."

Obama is trying to put a good spin on it, but he is telling these nutjobs that they are not rooted in reality.

Oh, and neither pope matters any more. There are two popes because the Vatican was embroiled in so much corruption that one had to abdicate to a socialist (atheist) -- Rome has lost credibility even among Catholics. There is enough artwork in the vatican basement to fund decades of poverty reduction... if the Church actually cared about that.

I'm sure the bogus pope will hop aboard his Aliltalia jet, while the pope-mobile and leonardo dicaprio and greta theFraud and prince Harry each fly in separate jets... telling all the little people not to behave like them. Do as we say not as we do, and keep paying more to support our lifestyle while you all wallow in poverty.

justaned
justaned

The warmest known period on Earth in the past 500 million years was the Triassic. This is the period immediately after the Permian ice age and the Great Dying at around 252 million years ago. See this; https://www.britannica.com/science/Permian-extinction We are currently in an inter-glacial (inter-stadial) of the current ongoing ice age (or icehouse conditions if you prefer);icehouse conditions being defined as any period when Earth has permanent polar ice caps. See the graph on this page http://www.biocab.org/Carbon_Dioxide_Geological_Timescale.html I would have placed a screenshot, but it won't post for some reason.

astroboy
astroboy

Good for the Pope. Anyone over 50 years old can see the weather has changed dramatically. Climate change deniers have to answer the question: since I was a kid the amount of carbon dioxide, which is undeniably a 'greenhouse gas' has increased from 270 to over 400 ppm. I am at a loss as to why anyone would think this would not have a significant effect and think only common sense would dictate that deniers show that such an increase will have no effect.

Even if you think global warming is hogwash: 1) Oil in the Middle East gives that benighted region great influence on the rest of the world. I have never heard anyone claim that's a good thing. 2) If that isn't a sufficiently good reason, note that there is a finite amount of oil, coal, and natural gas. When it's gone, it's GONE.

ksdude69
ksdude69

LMAO, this world has gone mad. The 12 year thing just really blows me away. It's just impossible for me to imagine people are saying that and, worse yet, people are believing it! We're in for serious trouble imo. Im glad im as old as I am I dont think I could handle much more. Of course only being 50 theres plenty of time see how screwed up the likes of AOC and this dumbass Pope can make things. I'm pretty sure this place is going to erupt sooner or later.

Scooot
Scooot

shamrock
shamrock

Just give up on that world will end in 12 years meme. Makes you look really really stupid.

Country Bob
Country Bob

Among the politicians who wrote the Paris Accord, all but one arrived in an up-armored diesel breathing limo, escorted by dozens of armored security SUVs belching more gasoline. If any of these criminals actually believed in something other than higher and higher taxes, they would have practiced what they preached.

Voting, taxpaying farmers in Germany shut down most traffic in Hamburg today in protest of absurd eco-terrorism "laws" (edicts? fatwas?) imposed by Berlin. Farmers are expected to cut their use of fertilizers and pesticides by 50%, while the criminal class in Berlin isn't cutting their use of political jet flights at all. If Berlin actually was worried about the environment, they would practice what they preach.

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"Thou shall have no God before Me" -- God (according to the Torah, Bible and Koran)

"As of now, I am in charge!" -- current duplicate pope

Scooot
Scooot

This is a post from a science forum I enjoy reading.

”While the Earth might have naturally cycled back into an ice age in 50,000 years’ time in the absence of emissions, we’re unlikely to see one for at least 100,000 years because of the CO2 we put into the atmosphere.

Postponing the next ice age could, in theory, be more good than bad, as major crop growing regions such as the American Midwest were once buried under a mile of ice. But part of the reason they are so productive is that glaciation delivered nutrients to the soil by grinding up rock.

Unfortunately we are playing with forces on a geological scale. A tree is, by weight, largely fossilised air. The fossil fuels we burn were essentially precipitated out of our atmosphere over millions of years, we've been burning them and adding the back to the atmosphere over a few decades.

The Earth's climate varies naturally but it's the speed of the current warming that is so concerning. During the last ice age global temperatures were about 4.5 degrees cooler due to Milankovitch Cycles and glaciation (ice has a high albedo and reflects the Sun's light into space). We could be looking at a similar temperature rise by the end of the century. I don't like to think about what crop and fishery yields might look like in such a world.

Our civilisation is an experiment with an uncertain outcome.”

RonJ
RonJ

Ironic Zero Hedge Headline today: "German Farmers Block Hamburg In Revolt Against Globalist Environmental Regulations"

Rvrider
Rvrider

Hey, he’s just doing his part to usher in the one world government to bring about the prophesy of Armageddon.

Scooot
Scooot

So, anyone a view on where on the temperature timeline chart to place a stop loss? 😀

numike
numike

“The meaning of life is that it ends” ― Franz Kafka

shamrock
shamrock

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

@AOC

This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and “fact check” it.

Like the “world ending in 12 years” thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.

But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows.

abend237-04
abend237-04

I'm just profoundly thankful that he didn't re-convene the Inquisition to hunt down and burn idiots like me who've spent their adult lives solving real problems with actual data and can't see one damn thing in the entire tree hugger frenzy.

justaned
justaned

Our host must be so happy with all the hits this is getting. I wonder if this will do better than Trump's impeachment. :-))

Greggg
Greggg

Perhaps the Vatican is financed by the same group that promotes Greta Thunberg. I find hundreds of more dots connecting climate change to profit than to CO2.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Bless me father for I have sinned

I am a climate change denier - But Father, it's not that I disbelieve in climate change, rather, I deny man is responsible for most of it.

abend237-04
abend237-04

I've given it more thought and have decided to back the pope. I think hastening the return of 5,000 feet of ice over Chicago will possibly slow the kill rate on the south side. Nothing else has.

SMF
SMF

So, to call myself an environmentalist now I should support burning trees for energy (Google Europe Burning Trees), support deforestation (google biodiesel deforestation), poison the earth by mining minerals required for batteries (most cannot be easily recycled) and support the elimination of most of mankind, as if reducing population makes a place better (Detroit).

Long ago I read how plastic were a solution to using trees. How has that solution worked out in the long term? If you want to know how well it will work out in the future just read above.

In the meantime, the more I read about history, the more I can see how weather or climate constantly changes, like how long-term droughts ended several civilizations (including the Mayans) in tropical areas.

JonSellers
JonSellers

Interestingly, the cooling that happened during the late 17th century through the early 19th has been primarily attributed to the mass die off of Native Americans due to disease. The reforestation of the Western Hemisphere snatched so much CO2 from the atmosphere that the entire globe cooled a couple of degrees.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

TOO little too late ! The ONLY problem on earth today are its 8 billion smug, consumerism craving human crappers, dramatically ruining ecosystems like never before..... The Pope(s), instead of stimulating population growth should have promulgated birth control, but that, of course, would ve been against the Church's, the more, the more subjugated idiots policy....

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

It's ironic that religion is believing in science. If not, then climate change is not science.

awc13
awc13

ask yourself this question: what would be today's political and science "climate" if the solution to global warming was to reduce taxes and shrink the size of government, giving people more freedom?

awc13
awc13

don't forget that AOC said Miami will be gone in 2 years

Latkes
Latkes

Thou Shalt Not Destroy the Harmony of the Environment

Good. Send the Saracen and African invaders back where they came from and leave Europe alone. The West should leave the natural environment of the Saracens and Africans alone too. Let them have it and enjoy it.

The Pope should go back home too.

Realist
Realist

Hi Scooot. Good job trying to explain the science. I have been trying to do that every now and then on this site over the last 4 years that I have been following Mish.

Sadly, there is no amount of science, or logic, or common sense that will sway people like Mish and many of the others who post on this site, that natural climate change has been overwhelmed by man’s presence on the planet. It is just like people who believe the earth is flat. They simply refuse to accept the obvious.

The reasons vary as to why they can’t see reality. For many it is all about politics and conspiracy theories. For some, it is a lack of knowledge. For others, it is an inability to admit they were wrong about something they have been denying for so long. Still others, simply don’t want to believe that things are going to keep getting worse, and hope that somehow it will all turn around in the next few years.

But as anyone with an understanding of the science knows: it’s going to get worse; it’s already accelerating; and given the fact that even those who understand the science, aren’t doing nearly enough to change anything, will mean our children and grandchildren will suffer more and more as time goes by. And those who deny the problem is real, will eventually say “why didn’t someone tell us this was a serious problem” and “why isn’t someone doing something about this serious problem”? Mish will be one of them.

The deniers have a variety of arguments and some of them have been posted above. I realize it is futile to get into an argument with someone who’s mind is made up, so I rarely bother trying. Eventually, they will accept the reality of the situation. There is no need for me to try to convince them, unless they are genuinely open to looking at the science.

I also realize that this problem is not going to be dealt with in any meaningful way, anytime soon, no matter what the Pope says; or Greta Thunberg; or anyone else. That’s because it’s a global problem that will require global cooperation to solve. And I hold out little chance for that.

In addition, the tendency of almost all governments is to kick the can down the road. Why take any short term pain, when we can let future generations deal with our mess. Even governments that understand the seriousness of the problem are doing very little.

Mish is hoping that the natural solar cycle will begin to cool the planet and reverse global warming over the next few years. The sun is nearing a low in sunspot activity, which will slightly reduce the amount of solar energy the earth receives. What he does not realize is that, at best, this can affect some regions of the planet, but not the entire planet. In addition, compared to the Milankovitch cycles, the effect of sunspot activity is a rounding error. The Milankovitch cycles have been cooling the planet for several thousand years now and should be cooling the planet for another 90,000 years. The chart you presented shows how slowly the planets temperatures change over thousands of years. In comparison, the 11 year solar cycle means very little. And as your chart shows, any long term natural climate cycles are being overwhelmed by man’s activities.

I wonder what Mish will say in a few years when he realizes that the planet is still getting warmer, the ice is still melting, the seas are still rising, the coasts are slowly disappearing; there will be increasing floods, droughts, wildfires, and climate extremes. His solar minimum will come and go without changing anything. What will his excuse be then?

Pater_Tenebrarum
Pater_Tenebrarum

So far the predictive record of the climate doomsters makes economists look like the descendants of Nostradamus.

Pater_Tenebrarum
Pater_Tenebrarum

Meanwhile, from the "it's just weather" department, we have record cold November temperatures and massive snowfall across the Northern hemisphere...

Scooot
Scooot

Wow, I didn’t really intend to cause such an intense argument! 😀

In Mish’s defence, I don’t think he doubts Global warming is happening, only that humans are the cause of it. I don’t agree but we’re all entitled to our 1 vote.

Thanks for some of the science @Realist , I always find it interesting.

As I mentioned before, the long term temperature chart in my view is very telling, unless of course you think it’s inaccurate. All the global cooling and warming of the past is included within it; the mini ice age, grape growing in the North, whatever, its all in it. It is clear to me that the breakout near recent times is unusual. So even without the science, it indicates a new moving trend upwards. As this is a global economics forum, and many are used to reading financial charts, I’m surprised that others don’t read it this way as well. But everyone is entitled to an opinion. I just hope others might change their opinion as I have at some point, because once we all start attempting to address the issues the better our chances of survival.

Ken Kam
Ken Kam

@Realist, why do you arrogantly assume all those on the other side of your position DO NOT understand science? Such an attitude betrays you for what you are - not a man of science. You have already decided upon an opinion and will use science selectively to confirm your already chosen position. I am a man of science too. I am very confident that i can debate anyone on the scientific merits of their arguments and prove that the climate change alarmism is exactly that - alarmism. I wish I get an opportunity to debate someone like you in a civil, rational forum, devoid of emotional arguments. I wish I could place bets on some climate related facts / forecasts with an objective, accurate way of measuring them. I am confident I will win. Separately, to some other posters above ... do not confuse environmental damage with climate change. Modern humans cause a lot of environmental damage, true. That is ecologic stupidity and should be restrained. However, that isn't climate science, and has a very tiny impact of global temperatures and climate.