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Pope Francis

Some reasons for hope in 2015. Is Pope Francis leading a new moral majority – is truth, justice, compassion making a comeback? David Atkins gives us some hope in his Washington Monthly column:

Obviously, if you’re looking for bad news you can find it everywhere. It’s entirely possible we’re headed for a climate-ravaged corporatist dystopia of inequality that mirrors feudalism.

But signs of a new moral awakening are also out there—not the least of which is, incredibly, coming from The Vatican:

Following a visit in March to Tacloban, the Philippine city devastated in 2012 by typhoon Haiyan, the pope will publish a rare encyclical on climate change and human ecology. Urging all Catholics to take action on moral and scientific grounds, the document will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops and 400,000 priests, who will distribute it to parishioners.
According to Vatican insiders, Francis will meet other faith leaders and lobby politicians at the general assembly in New York in September, when countries will sign up to new anti-poverty and environmental goals.

  3 comments for “Hope?

  1. Robert Lauten
    December 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Pope Francis is a depopulation lobbyist.
    “Global Warming: British for Genocide”
    “Bible Possession Once Banned by the Catholic Church!”
    “Popes have proved their fallibility in all manner of circumstances. Some have contradicted others. Some have contradicted themselves. Some have been guilty of heresy, by departing from what their predecessors and their successors regarded as orthodoxy”.

  2. December 31, 2014 at 10:38 am

    The ideas that people ought to look out for the poor and protect the planet aren’t some kooky idea this pope dreamed up. They are fundamental Christian values. In fact, they are basic components of what it means to be a good person in just about every religion or moral system in the world. The fact that these days those ideas seem shocking and “liberal” to Republicans is truly disturbing. They shouldn’t even be remotely controversial.

    • Robert Lauten
      January 1, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      The Pope is not “looking out for the poor”.
      The poor need a productive economy; which means their government needs to reject the British Free Trade economic system. Before the successful revolution, America’s thirteen original colonies were the under the British Free Trade System of governance. Free Trade is the New Colonialism. Free Trade is anti-economic development; Free Trade means outsourcing jobs; the Pope would know this if he were receiving revelation from God.
      A productive economy needs a cheap and reliable form of electrical energy. Wind and solar are unreliable and expensive do to their low energy density rating.
      The Pope is not “protecting the planet”.
      Science has shown that the three primary causes of climate change are: Solar cycles – Orbital changes – and Interstellar radiation. When the oceans warm carbon dioxide CO2; when the oceans cool CO2 is absorbed. The Pope is anti-science.
      Again – the 7 minute video:
      “Global Warming: British for Genocide”
      “Fundamental Christian values” are study and prayer so that one would not be deceived into supporting policies and people that make things worse for the poor and our environment.

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