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Twofer of Incompetence

Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he hold to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The shame is not so much that an ignorant individual is derided, but that people outside the household of faith think our sacred writers held such opinions, and, to the great loss of those for whose salvation we toil, the writers of our Scripture are criticized and rejected as unlearned men. If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves know well and hear him maintaining his foolish opinions about our books, how are they going to believe those books in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven, when they think their pages are full of falsehoods and on facts which they themselves have learnt from experience and the light of reason? Reckless and incompetent expounders of Holy Scripture bring untold trouble and sorrow on their wiser brethren when they are caught in one of their mischievous false opinions and are taken to task by those who are not bound by the authority of our sacred books. For then, to defend their utterly foolish and obviously untrue statements, they will try to call upon Holy Scripture for proof and even recite from memory many passages which they think support their position, although they understand neither what they say nor the things about which they make assertion. [1 Timothy 1.7]

Saint Augustine, On the Literal Meaning of Genesis

No doubt because of the Pope’s immense expertise regarding the oil industry and as a climatologist:

 

Pope Francis on Saturday issued a dire warning to top oil executives, saying that climate change could “destroy civilization.”

At a two-day conference at the Vatican, the pope called climate change a challenge of “epochal proportions,” according to Reuters.

He also said that the world must move toward using clean energy and a reduction in the use of fossil fuels.

“Civilization requires energy but energy use must not destroy civilization,” Francis said.

The conference, organized by the University of Notre Dame in the United States, brought together executives from asset manager BlackRock, BP and Norwegian oil and energy company Equinor, among others.

 

Go here to read the rest.  The Pope is the head of a Church that, in his own words, is hemorrhaging vocations.  The Irish, once among the most ardent of Catholics, have just embraced the child-murder that goes by the name of abortion.  Catholics face persecution and murder in many parts of the globe.  There is more than enough there to keep a Pope busy if he lived a hundred years.  Instead, Pope Francis, and he is sadly not unique in this, squanders the moral capital of the Church on issues which clerics clearly have no expertise.  It often seems as if our clergy, having done a lousy job in running the Church, seek secular plaudits by embracing causes trendy among Western elites, while the Gospel of Christ goes un-proclaimed and the People of God perish for lack of a shepherd truly concerned about the spiritual well-being of his flock.  If you are a member of our clergy and bored by the Gospel you are paid to proclaim and defend, do yourself and the rest of us a favor and resign your position.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

10 Comments

  1. Several years ago I wrote a post about Laudato Si, comparing it to the proverbial Curate’s Egg (see here for the original Punch Cartoon):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curate%27s_egg.
    The Curate’s Egg has gone bad, but as the Curate assures the Bishop, some parts of it are very good. Here are the two posts:
    http://rationalcatholic.blogspot.com/2015/07/laudato-si-curates-egg-i-excellent-parts.html
    http://rationalcatholic.blogspot.com/2015/07/laudato-si-curates-egg-ii.html
    I should emphasize that I believe the Church has no business judging the worth of scientific theories or propositions. It can argue that theories are not compatible with Catholic teaching (as in extreme neo-Darwinian theories for evolution), but it can not argue that General Relativity, for example, is true or false. Nor should the Holy Father presume to judge whether apocalyptic theories of global warming are true or false. Neither he nor anyone else in the Vatican hierarchy is competent to do so.

  2. “Civilization requires energy but energy use must not destroy civilization,” Francis said.

    Then why doesn’t that Marxist Peronist Caudillo support nuclear energy, the ONLY means of supplying baseload electrical energy pollution free 24/7 at 92+% capacity factor? Why doesn’t he support a transition from fossil fuel in transportation to hydrogen produced via the thermo-catalytic process using nuclear heat?

    I will tell you why. He wants people to be impoverished so that he can dole out his nostrums of how terrible capitalism is and how wonderful and loving and kind and caring he is. He doesn’t want people to come out of energy poverty. He wants the poverty because the poverty empowers him. A pox on his house and all that is with him. May God depose him from the Papal throne, the sooner the better.

    One last thing. I have said this before and I shall say it again. We do NOT have an energy problem or a pollution problem. God provided enough thorium and uranium in Earth’s crust to fuel a civilization of 12 billion or more for scores of millennia before we even have to go to the moon to get more thorium. And no thorium, no uranium releases dreaded green house gases. And by using fast neutron burner reactors and Carlo Rubbia energy amplifiers we can consume all that spent fuel, leaving behind ash that decay away in 600 years or less (unlike coal ash and other fossil fuel pollution which never every decays away). I cannot express the loathing I have for this Pontiff and all his works. We do NOT have an energy problem. We got a greed problem! We got an envy problem. We got a sin problem. This Pontiff from perdition refuses to speak about that kind of sin unless it’s directed against capitalists. I just cannot express sufficiently how rotten to the core that man is.

  3. Has anyone exposed who it is that is paying PF1 to say these insane things?
    Mr PF must certainly be aware that CO2 global warming theory is false. He meets with parties that are equally knowledgeable about this hoax. Who pays for this and why? What is to be gained?

  4. “Has anyone exposed who it is that is paying PF1 to say these insane things?”

    Pope Francis issues a dire warning about global climate change to oil executives, the same people who are supplies of so-called “natural” gas (i.e., explosive methane). Gas turbines are the premiere choice for spinning reserve backup for solar and wind when they do not generate electricity. And 70% of the time when you need electricity, there is insufficient wind, insufficient sunlight. That necessitates fossil fuel spinning reserve. So who do you think is paying that Argentinian Caudillo? The very people to whom he is speaking!

    Fossil fuel WANTS renewable energy because renewable has a capacity factory of 30%. Fossil fuel HATES nuclear because because nuclear has a capacity factor of 92%. I see Duke Energy putting up useless worthless solar arrays all over the place and the ignorant populace thinks it’s great. There ain’t no sunlight at night, idiots! And no way to make batteries large enough to store all that energy! Every solar array, every wind farm is another polluting gas turbine, and MORE money into the pockets of the very men to whom this Pontiff of perdition is speaking.

    If solar were so darn great, then we would still be baking bricks in the sun as the ancient Sumerians did.

    If wind were so great, then we would still be crossing the ocean in sailing ships as the Vikings did.

    Idiots!

  5. Let’s face it-a group of perverts in flowing robes, some willing and some unwilling tools of the devils, have taken over our church, Jesus’s Church, not just in the Vatican, but worldwide. We have paid and continue to pay, around the world, billion$s of dollars for their criminal sodomies and forced oral sex with unwilling children and young men, not to mention their mutual consensual drug-fueled orgies with male prostitutes. We cannot walk into St. Peters and ask the man now illicitly wearing papal white , “Jorge, in the name of Jesus Christ, what is your name?” Nor can be we, following a response, whether or not it is “Legion,” command him to “Depart from us.” What can we do? There is something Jorge and his sodominions cannot stop, they cannot prevent. Each of us brings God back to earth, back to Jesus’s Church by doing good, by therefore making, good, by in a sense “making” God on earth since all good is of God. Not creating, but doing that is making. We can do a voluntary good act, an act of virtue, and that act, unique to each of us, “makes” a unique good that not any other person on earth can make, nor once made can they unkae it. We, each individual faithful person, can do this every day in spiritual warfare/making, a good crusade, to battle the devils and the ordained “rulers of this present darkness.” The pervert prelates, the pederast priests, the heretical so-called “pope,” in all their efforts at destruction of Jesus’ church by attempts to divide His house with heresy, sin,and denial that Jesus is Lord cannot un-make the good brought into the world by even one small good voluntary act of virtue. It is this good that will defeat them. Their Daddy, the Padre Of Lies, knows this, and he has fooled them into thinking they can taste of the apple of sodomy and fruits of perversion, pederasty, and pedophilia; and, he has made them believe that in their loyalty to him they will become like a god. Original sin all over again. For this reason, although we cannot cease to proclaim publicly their perversions and failures, we must pray for each of them, priests, bishops, cardinals, and the man currently wearing papal white, because God their Father at this moment wants each of them to return to Him. And their Daddy, the Padre Of Lies, does NOT want us to pray for them. “Our Father, who art in heaven, when we say ‘our’ we mean to include all us sinners and all these priests, bishops, cardinals, and the man currently wearing papal white. For the sake of Your Son’s sorrowful passion, forsake not Jesus’s Church and have mercy on all of us.” Guy McClung, Texas

  6. Guy McClung I want to do as you suggest. It is hard to see much of an effect, maybe I will never see it. I want to stay hopeful and not be like those people in Capernaum where the Lord could work no miracle because of their unbelief. but I am wearing down
    I have prayed and many of my friends have prayed and continue specifically for the one gay man (and his partner) that we love and see no indication of any turning around. He is in Cupich diocese, but that may not really matter since he does not attend Mass anywhere anyway. When he was a seminarian in Rome, we had no idea the people that influenced him. I think he prayed for deliverance. At least he was honest enough to leave the Church and not continue after B16 ask men with SSA not to be priests.
    It feels like scooping sand into a bucket that leaks all the time you are scooping. He follows Father J.Martin.
    Please pray for him Guy McClung, because I ask the Lord not to look on my faith but on the faith of the His Church.

  7. Climate change hysteria is nothing more than a giant power grab by the new world order world government types. Now Why would a pope want to advance their cause….?

  8. Douay-Rheims Bible
    For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables. 2nd Timothy 4:3,4

    Prepare. Pray. Perseverance will pay off in the long run. In the end her Immaculate Heart will Triumph.

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