On Climate Change & Energy, ‘Vatican Advisers Have Lost Their Moral Compasses’

Vatican CityA new paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation finds the Vatican is being laid astray by its advisers by statements on climate change that are scientifically lacking and ethically dubious.

The report, written by Dr Indur Goklany, examines just some of the scientific statements made by the Pontifical Academies ahead of the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment and finds that these fly in the face of the empirical facts.

As Dr Goklany explains: “The academies say that sustainability and resilience are being destroyed by over-consumption and that fossil fuels are to blame, yet almost every indicator of human well-being from life-expectancy to health to standard of living has improved beyond measure largely because of our use of fossil fuels”.

And according to Dr Goklany’s analysis, the beneficial impact of fossil fuels has not only been on human well-being but also on nature, because fossil fuel use has allowed more intensive use of land, thus reducing the amount of wilderness that has to be diverted to agricultural use. This means that the Vatican’s backing of reductions in fossil fuel use would actually reduce human well-being and increase the human impact on the planet.

Dr Goklany said: “Climate change is a moral and ethical issue, but it is a strange ethical calculus that would justify wiping out the gains we have made in human well-being over the last few centuries at the same time devastating the natural world. The Vatican’s advisors appear to have lost their way”.

About the author
Dr Indur Goklany is an independent scholar and author. He was a member of the US delegation that established the IPCC and helped develop its First Assessment Report. He subsequently served as a US delegate to the IPCC, and an IPCC reviewer. He is a member of the GWPF’s Academic Advisory Council.

Full paper (pdf)

Contacts

Dr Indur Goklany
e: goklany@outlook.com 

Dr Benny Peiser
Global Warming Policy Foundation
e: benny.peiser@thegwpf.org

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    Moose

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    The Vatican. Those are the guys that raped boys, burnt witches, said that the Earth was flat and worship a non existent being.
    And now they are going to advise us about energy and climate?

    These guys really crack me up… ROFLMAO

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      Gator

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      Actually it was the Protestants who burned witches, and the Vatican never believed in a flat Earth. The flat Earth story was conjectured by an agnostic named Robert Ingersoll, pure fantasy.

      http://www.strangenotions.com/did-the-church-teach-the-earth-was-flat/

      And as for little boys, they had far better chances of keeping their virginity with the church, than with the public school system.

      [i]Hofstra University researcher Charol Shakeshaft looked into the problem, and the first thing that came to her mind when Education Week reported on the study were the daily headlines about the Catholic Church.

      “[T]hink the Catholic Church has a problem?” she said. “The physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”[/i]

      And in reference to the nonexistent being, that is your belief, so be it.

      Make sure your attacks hit the mark, focus on real issues like this Marxist Pope, who disregards the teaching of Jesus to the peril of us all.

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        Moose

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        So what. It was all done in the name of a being/religion…
        Point I am making is that they predict the word/bible or whatever (something they believe in) and now push that up on us.
        I don’t mind them having any religion, just don’t push non existing stories, beliefs onto people who don’t need or want them

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          Gator

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          Facts matter. Hitler did what he did under the guise of religion. It is what evil people do, and is not the fault of religion any more than gun crimes are the fault of guns.

          Put the blame where it belongs, and remember there is a [i]man[/i] behind the curtain.

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    GR82DRV

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    Gator – right on target. Facts matter and we don’t have to resort to hyperbole or misrepresentation to aptly criticize this Pope.

    Catholics of good faith need to recognize that there is a Trojan horse in their midst. The leftist wing of the faith have championed the cause of “social justice” which as mere words sound wonderful. In reality, “social justice” is a thin cover title for church-endorsed world Marxism and all that goes with it.

    The history of Marxism is filled with initial promises of justice that quickly and inevitably devolve into tyranny and atrocity. How the Catholic Church could embrace such a monstrously failed philosophy is beyond understanding.

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    holden

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    Jesus of Nazareth existed. Fact. He died on the cross for our sins. Fact. AGW has not been happening for appx 19 years. Fact. All things on planet earth collectively derive appx 98% of heat energy from the Sun. Fact. We are in a weak sunspot cycle. Fact. A growing number of people in the scientific community (nobody knows what percentage) believe the climate is a very complicated system that includes but is not limited to strong influence from the sun, ocean currents/oscillation, vulcanism and increases/decreases in atmospheric water vapor. Fact. The models that have, in part, been driving policy-making decisions, do not accurately predict climate change. Fact. The candy Swedish fish I am eating tastes good. Opinion

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      Me

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      He died on the cross for our sins. Fact?

      What about the Buddhist, and the Hindu and every other faith and non faith?

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        holden

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        They have their set of facts as well. Jesus of Nazareth was a man and he was crucified by the Romans. FACT

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    Gator

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    [i]”Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic.” [/i]
    -Pope Benedict XVI

    Wow. The transition from Benedict to Francis is like going from Jefferson to Obama. There is zero consistency in teachings, one is divine, and the other demonic.

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      Me

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      Well that is where belief gets ya, different people but the same means to that. For them!

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        Me

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        Ya know, I said before evil is people taking advantage of others, there is no satan, it is what it is. People taking advantage of others. Why because they can, and do, and get away with it.

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          Me

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          But, apparently, I have to believe in satan because they need to believe in God. And then there is some that say it’s Ok if I don’t believe as if I need their premission or not.

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            Me

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            Now that is just religion, where is this AGWACC Bull Shit different?

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            Me

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            And I made another post here, but it maybe shown or not, so pick your poision, because we have mostly no say in it.

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            Me

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            Well I see it was posted after all. 😉 Thank you!

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    Me

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    Well pick your poision, I hope your poision doesn’t include your extinction, So let Me guess, you will move your dogma and infest somewhere else where needed.

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    Gator

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    Yes Ms Rube, when we go from Summer to Winter it has enormous impact on each of us, and as Darwin pointed out climate chnage is responsible for much of evolutuion. But man is just along for the ride, and has virtually zero influence.

    Go feed some hungry kids.

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    sonnyhill

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    [quote name=”Gator”]Facts matter. Hitler did what he did under the guise of religion. It is what evil people do, and is not the fault of religion any more than gun crimes are the fault of guns.

    Put the blame where it belongs, and remember there is a [i]man[/i] behind the curtain.[/quote]Hitler did what he did (genocide, mass destruction and slaughter) while the Vatican sat silent. Their precious real estate was preserved. As for priests’ predilection for orphans, keep sweeping that mess under the rug. My disgust with the current liaison between Catholicism and environmentalism is the hypocrisy. Socialists have shat upon organized religion for years whilst offering their own version of mind control. Now they climb into bed together to build their “flock”. A pox on them all.

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      Gator

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      Wrong.

      [i]Several Catholic countries and populations fell under Nazi domination during the period of the Second World War (1939-1945), and ordinary Catholics fought on both sides of the conflict. Despite efforts to protect its rights within Germany under a 1933 Reichskonkordat treaty, the Church in Germany had faced persecution in the years since Adolf Hitler had seized power, and Pope Pius XI accused the Nazi government of sowing ‘fundamental hostility to Christ and his Church’. Pius XII became Pope on the eve of war and lobbied world leaders to prevent the outbreak of conflict. [b]His first encyclical, Summi Pontificatus, called the invasion of Poland an “hour of darkness”. He affirmed the policy of Vatican neutrality, but maintained links to the German Resistance. Despite being the only world leader to publicly and specifically denounce Nazi crimes against Jews in his 1942 Christmas Addres, controversy surrounding his apparent reluctance to speak frequently and in even more explicit terms about Nazi crimes continues.[1] He used diplomacy to aid war victims, lobbied for peace, shared intelligence with the Allies, and employed Vatican Radioand other media to speak out against atrocities like race murders.[/b] In Mystici corporis Christi (1943) he denounced the murder of the handicapped. A denunciation from German bishops of the murder of the “innocent and defenceless”, including “people of a foreign race or descent”, followed. [2]
      Hitler’s invasion of Catholic Poland sparked the War. Nazi policy towards the Church was at its most severe in the Polish territories it annexed to Greater Germany, where the Nazis set about systematically dismantling the Church – arresting its leaders, exiling its clergymen, closing its churches, monasteries and convents. Many clergymen were murdered. [3] [4] Over 1800 Catholic Polish clergy died in concentration camps; most notably, Saint Maximilian Kolbe. Nevertheless, security chief Reinhard Heydrich soon orchestrated an intensification of restrictions on church activities. Hitler and his ideologues Goebbels, Himmler, Rosenberg and Bormann hoped to de-Christianize Germany in the long term. [5] [6] With the expansion of the war in the East, expropriation of monasteries, convents and church properties surged from 1941. Bishop August von Galen’s ensuing 1941 denunciation of Nazi euthanasia and defence of human rights roused rare popular dissent. The German bishops denounced Nazi policy towards the church in pastoral letters, calling it “unjust oppression”. [7] [8]
      From 1940, the Nazis gathered priest-dissidents in dedicated clergy barracks at Dachau, where (95%) of its 2,720 inmates were Catholic (mostly Poles, and 411 Germans), 1034 died there. Mary Fulbrook wrote that when politics encroached on the church, German Catholics were prepared to resist, but the record was otherwise patchy and uneven with notable exceptions, “it seems that, for many Germans, adherence to the Christian faith proved compatible with at least passive acquiescence in, if not active support for, the Nazi dictatorship”. [9] Influential members of the German Resistance included Jesuits of the Kreisau Circle and laymen such as July plotters Klaus von Stauffenberg, Jakob Kaiser and Bernhard Letterhaus, whose faith inspired resistance. [10] [b]Elsewhere, vigorous resistance from bishops such as Johannes de Jong and Jules-Géraud Saliège , papal diplomats such as Angelo Rotta , and nuns such as Margit Slachta , can be contrasted with the apathy of others and the outright collaboration of Catholic politicians such as Slovakia ‘s Msgr Jozef Tiso and fanatical Croat nationalists . From within the Vatican, Msgr Hugh O’Flaherty coordinated the rescue of thousands of Allied POWs , and civilians, including Jews. While Nazi antisemitism embraced modern pseudo-scientific racial principles rejected by the Catholic Church, ancient antipathies between Christianity and Judaism contributed to European antisemitism ; during the Second World War the Catholic Church rescued many thousands of Jews by issuing false documents, lobbying Axis officials, hiding them in monasteries, convents, schools and elsewhere; including the Vatican and Castel Gandolfo [/b].[/i]

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_and_Nazi_Germany_during_World_War_II

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      JayPee

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      Paraphrasing Joe Steel :

      ” How many divisions did the Pope have ? “

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    sonnyhill

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    Neither the socialists or the Vatican are champions of free thought. They have joined forces on the climate-change front. It’s recruitment, plain and simple. The gullible snooze through the greenhouse gas mass, delivered in double-speak instead of Latin. Does the Pope have wood for Gaia? Prophylactic measures are forbidden.

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    Steve

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    Without going into exhaustive proof, the RCC teaches a false Gospel, which makes it a heretical organisation.

    There are no doubt good hearted catholics who do good thingsin the community, however the reality is that the RCC misleads these good people with un-biblical teaching. If you follow the RCC you cant get to heaven becasue their teaching is plain wrong. Period.

    The reality is that the core article of Christian faith – Justification – is taught un-biblically in the RCC, and is really the core reason the Protestant church exists.

    When I hear people are Romanists, I am sad, because their heart is in the right place, but they are lied to by the clergy and deprived of their right to worship God as He requires, not what the pope decrees.

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    GR82DRV

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    [quote name=”Steve”]
    If you follow the RCC you cant get to heaven becasue their teaching is plain wrong. Period.[/quote]

    I’ll have to disagree with this statement. Nobody here gets to judge who can “get to heaven”. I will agree that good works, or any other church mandates cannot guarantee the path (unlike the RCC may suggest). [i]Grace alone.[/i]

    But that certainly does not mean Catholics are denied – only that they should not look to Catholic works or behaviors as the key to salvation.

    [i]”I have other sheep that don’t belong to this fold. I must lead these also, and they’ll listen to my voice. So there will be one flock and one shepherd.”[/i] -John 10:16

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      Me

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      So what’s so special about heaven? Why are you all so bent on that reward of Heaven? Is it your perfect reward? 😀

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        Me

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        Yeah it’s bullshit! 😀

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      Steve

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      I disagree – Biblical Salvation is from faith alone.

      Catholicism, in the Council of Trent ( which is still in force according to a RCC priest I asked directly ) directly says if you say you need ( biblical ) faith alone to be Justified, you are a heretic.

      The Bible clearly says Salvation leads to heaven. Hey, people can do what they want, I’m just relaying what the Word says.

      “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” ( Romans 10:9 )

      Belief is the basis of salvation….

      “one flock and one shepherd” – not sure what the context is, but if you mean joining with the RCC, it wont happen. Ecumenicalism means watering down faith to maintain “harmony” – last I looked Jesus openly said the follwoing him would lead to discord in your own home, or in your own community. many will try and steer you away from Salvation with smooth & soothing words.

      Did not Jesus overturn the tables of the money changers for corrupting the pure worship of God?

      Didnt Jesus rightly out the Pharasees as legalistic spiritual parasites? ( and he was right…)

      Dont trust in what people say, compare it to the Word, check EVERYTHING people say……God will bless your efforts.

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