That Remnant article is excellent. Everyone should read it!
The following is an excerpt from an informative and humourous article at The Remnant on the ‘encyclical’ from Pope Francis on climate change. The world is getting wackier indeed and this is just another facet of it. This was simply too good not to share. Catholics will certainly appreciate the in-jokes and jabs at certain apologists who went wacky long ago.
Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it. (19)If the goal of the pope was to make me “painfully” aware of something, then mission accomplished. I have not experienced this much pain from reading a text in quite some time. However, all I became “painfully aware” of is that our pope has swallowed the same tired old propaganda from the environmentalist extremists that I have been hearing for decades.Also, did the pope just say I should dare to turn “what is happening to the world” (i.e. dirt, water, insects, animals) into my own personal suffering? Understand we are not talking about turning the infinite number of offenses against Christ Our Lord being perpetrated daily by modern man into our own personal suffering and offering reparation and penance for it. This is actually what we should be doing. No. Instead we need to unite our sufferings to the June bug, the firefly, and particles of dust (where man meets the divine) to inspire us to some sort of action to “save” them.At the same time we can note the rise of a false or superficial ecology which bolsters complacency and a cheerful recklessness. As often occurs in periods of deep crisis which require bold decisions, we are tempted to think that what is happening is not entirely clear. Superficially, apart from a few obvious signs of pollution and deterioration, things do not look that serious, and the planet could continue as it is for some time. Such evasiveness serves as a license to carrying on with our present lifestyles and models of production and consumption. This is the way human beings contrive to feed their self-destructive vices: trying not to see them, trying not to acknowledge them, delaying the important decisions and pretending that nothing will happen. (59)During my lifetime on “sister earth” the “environment” around me has changed very little. I look around and I see sky, clouds, trees, lakes, rivers, woods, grass. The weather still changes. It rains, it snows, it is hot in the summer, it is cold in the winter. There have always been tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, typhoons, volcanic eruptions, etc. In fact, it is one of the few things in my life that has been constant.During all of this time enjoying my “environment”, I can also remember my liberal educators and the media constantly bloviating about a “planet in distress”, “global warming”, “baby seals”, “spotted owls”, and lord knows what other fretting and doomsday scenarios. Thus, when the pope says “Superficially, apart from a few obvious signs of pollution and deterioration, things do not look that serious, and the planet could continue as it is for some time” the only incorrect word is “superficially.” In reality, this is precisely the situation.Unfortunately, our pope, just like the climate alarmists, is now asking us to make “radical changes” based on the wild theories and models of scientists who told us in the 1970’s we were on the verge of another ice age. Meanwhile, the climate is not noticeably changing around us any more than it always has. In other words, who are you going to believe? International climate ideologues or your own lying eyes?
1978 – Mr. Spock Says: “Climate Experts Believe the Next Ice Age is on its Way!”Contrast this with the condition of the Church over the last 50 years. You could almost perfectly reverse the pope’s statement. You could say that apart from a few obvious signs of life (Traditional orders and faithful) things DO look serious and it DOES NOT look like the Church can continue for some time. Things get even more humorously ironic if one applies the previously quoted words of the pope to the ongoing crisis in the Church since Vatican II. Here is a modified version of the pope’s quote to illustrate the point:
At the same time we can note the rise of a false or superficial theology which bolsters complacency and a cheerful recklessness. As often occurs in periods of deep crisis which require bold decisions, we are tempted to think that what is happening is not entirely clear. Superficially, apart from a few obvious liturgical abuses and heretical prelates, things do not look that serious, and the Church could continue as it is for some time. Such evasiveness serves as a license to carrying on with our present liturgy and neo-modernism. This is the way human beings contrive to feed their self-destructive vices: trying not to see them, trying not to acknowledge them, delaying the important decisions and pretending that nothing will happen.Thus, if Francis only applied his misguided zeal for a manufactured environmental crisis towards the real crisis in the Church, he would sound like a resurrected St. Pius X! Unfortunately for us, he instead sounds like a cross between Al Gore and Chicken Little.
Hat tip: Ann Barnhardt
This encyclical could be rightly dealt with by applying the concept of the following letter from Dietrich von Hildebrand:
Dear Mr. Alphonse Matt:I thank you very much for your kind letter. But I believe that there is some misunderstanding. You assume that the new ordo missae and especially the rubrics constitute for me merely a personally painful change by replacing something very beautiful and perfect with something less beautiful and less perfect. But unfortunately it is my conviction that the new ordo missae is the greatest pastoral mistake and that its consequences for the Church may be disastrous.I agree however completely with you that it is a grave problem, whether one should criticize it publicly or only intra muros. Concerning this problem every one must follow his conscience. But I frankly cannot understand that you do not only abstain from a public criticism of the new ordo missae but make the “Wanderer” an instrument for propagating and praising the new ordo. You even suggest in your letter, dear Mr. Matt, that I should join this propaganda. As you say that you agreed with my article in “Triumph” in which I stress that obedience to practical decisions of the Pope does not imply approval of them – it is difficult for me to understand why you expect me to utter a univocal approval of something which seems to be, from the purely religious point of view, a “suicidal” practical decision. I do not believe that a mere loyalty to the present Pope who does not act against those who destroy the Catholic faith daily more and more – like Kueng, Schillebecks, Padovano, Greeley and many others – and who does not use the means by which the Church survived through 2000 years: anathema and excommunication – can preserve Catholic faith untarnished.Dear Mr. Matt, it is painful for me to disagree with you because of my sincere admiration for the “Wanderer” throughout the past years and our warm personal union in Christ. This disagreement, however should in no way affect our friendly relations.Faithfully yours in Christ
Dietrich von Hildebrand
If anyone thinks this is really a Catholic document and not just some political activism bullshit, I give you Naomi Klein at the Vatican! Look, I’m not anti-environment by any means and I do what I can to reduce waste and consumption, but this is just ridiculous. Naomi Klein? What a joke!