The pope on climate change: Have faith and believe … and tithe, above all tithe

It seems entirely appropriate that a man whose life’s preoccupation is a matter of faith would go before Congress and preach about the need to combat climate change.

“I call for a courageous and responsible effort to ‘redirect our steps,’ and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity. I am convinced that we can make a difference and I have no doubt that the United States — and this Congress — have an important role to play,” Pope Francis said in his prepared speech.

“Now is the time for courageous actions and strategies, aimed at implementing a culture of care and an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature,” the pope said.

Pay no attention to the fact that all the global warming models have been wrong for 20 years, have faith and believe. Oh yes, and tithe. Above all tithe — with higher power bills, a weaker economy and fewer jobs. This will affect especially the poor, who Obama and the pope claim to care about.

“The tremendous reduction in absolute poverty since 1990 — from about 50% to under 20% of the human race — has been driven in large part by increasing access to abundant, affordable, reliable energy derived mostly from fossil fuels,” said Cornwall Alliance Founder and National Spokesman Dr. E. Calvin Beisner. “It would be a great tragedy to slow, stop, or reverse that trend in the name of fighting global warming, a phenomenon that is turning out to be much smaller than earlier thought.”

Though the climate models predicted a warming of 0.3 degrees Celsius over the past 17 years, there has been none, even though the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere rose 8 percent during that time — which represents 34 percent of all extra CO2 added to the atmosphere since the start of the industrial revolution.

But I’m sure Harry Reid, John Kerry and Al Gore were in amen corner applauding the pope’s every word. Never let the facts get in the way of the other guy’s need to sacrifice for your cause.


But the pope also warned:

“We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind.”

To which we say, amen.


24 comments on “The pope on climate change: Have faith and believe … and tithe, above all tithe

  1. There’s just one little teeny weeny chink in the Pope’s logic in regards to climate change…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Don’t you know a rising tithe lifts all boats?

  3. Patrick says:

    “The love of money is the root of all evil”

    Amusing how conservatives run from any church, and leader of the church, that acts consistently with the very words the religion is built on.

  4. Oh please…spare us the platitudes…

  5. …and generalities. (On a lighter note…thanks for the pithy quip Anonymous!)

  6. Steve says:

    It’s official, radical greens are a religion and Catholicism wants to swallow them up.

  7. Rincon says:

    The Pope has little authority on global warming, but when it comes to income inequality, he is addressing one of the chief teachings of the New Testament. I agree with Patrick that the same religious right that wants to deny rights to gay people based on biblical teachings suddenly can’t quite make out the fine print all over the New Testament regarding helping the poor. Yeah, I know. The best way to help them is to pay them less than minimum wage. That’ll do the trick.

  8. Charging higher power bills also helps the poor.

  9. I wonder what the over and under was on how many times Boehner would cry during the Pope’s rounds in DC today?

  10. Rincon says:

    “Though the climate models predicted a warming of 0.3 degrees Celsius over the past 17 years, there has been none, even though the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere rose 8 percent during that time” The broken record continues and the rebuttal is the same. The past 16 years include the 15 hottest, but Conservatives disregard that. The premature celebration of the 12 year (not 17) leveling in the warming at a very high level represents the simplistic notion that all warming must occur smoothly and consistently, with no wobbles permitted. The public really doesn’t understand the sciences very well.

  11. Patrick says:

    I wonder what the Pope would say about who should pay higher power bills, if they were caused by efforts to remedy global warming; the richest or the poorest?

    Eye of the camel?

  12. Just curious…how many refugees has the Vatican taken in? And what’s with that big wall surrounding it?

  13. Eye of the camel? Or a camel passing through the eye of a needle?

  14. Rincon says:

    Funny you should ask. They are taking in 4 refugees. If the United States took in a similar fraction of our population, we would need to take in 2,660,000. Although it’s primarily symbolic, they are doing more than their share.

  15. Steve says:

    They also have m ore than their share of money, they would fit the description of the “one percent”.
    But when those people help a little, it’s never enough!

  16. Rincon says:

    I suppose you’re right. “Helping a little” when you have a lot isn’t very impressive.

  17. Sorry to burst your bubble…but “income inequality” is NOT one of the “chief teachings of the New Testament.”

  18. Rincon says:

    Steve’s idea of adapting isn’t doing too well so far. In Alaska, “A 2003 report from the Government Accountability Office found that most of Alaska’s 200-plus native villages are affected by erosion and flooding, and that four were in “imminent danger.” By 2009, the GAO said 31 villages were in imminent danger.” The Army Corps of Engineers says the first to go will be Newtok, which it predicts could be underwater “as soon as 2017.”. The village, knowing the glacial pace of government, saw the writing on the wall and voted to move to a new location 9 miles away in 1996. 19 years later, no one has a way to pay for it. The cost is projected to be $130 million, or $285,000 per resident. Easier to give them some cash and tell them to get lost, but since no money seems to be available, I suppose they will become refugees. Perhaps that would give us an excuse to accept no Syrians. We’ll soon have refugees of our own.

    The government already “helped” one village at much lower expense. “In Kivalina, for example, the U.S. government completed a $2.5 million sea wall to protect the village from the sea in 2006 to great fanfare. The wall was partially destroyed in a storm surge the same year.” Should they rebuild it or move that village too? Don’t worry. Only 29 more villages to go – unless, of course, the temperature fails to drop soon. Then there would be more, but have faith Conservatives. The warming has stopped. It’s got to reverse soon, right?

    Alaska is 6.3 degrees warmer every day of the year than it was 50 years ago, but rejoice! Antarctica’s sea ice is growing, even though scientists say the continent remains abnormally warm. In the simplistic logic of Conservatives, growing ice means it’s colder, so those satellites are all wrong.

  19. Green is the new Red…

  20. Apparently…there was one bright spot from the Pope’s visit to DC yesterday…John Boehner seems to have seen the light through his many tears…and will resign from Congress next month. Hallelujah…

  21. Patrick says:

    “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

    (For all conservatives, the answer is “yes”)

  22. Steve says:

    New liberals are the brother.

  23. Winston Smith says:

    Jesus and his disciples did not advocate forcing the rich to pay for the poor. To a follower of Christ, helping the poor is a moral imperative, not a Marxist dictate.

  24. Rincon says:

    Jesus never discussed the details of how to help the poor. It is unlikely that he would approve of neglecting the poor while paying lavishly for weaponry and tax breaks to billionaires. There is only one commandment Winston: The golden rule. Your morally bankrupt “principles” about reducing taxes are in direct opposition to it.

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