One of the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church is that the pope is infallible– i.e., that he cannot make mistakes on matters of the faith.
This week, there was some news regarding Pope Francis that is bound to raise questions among Catholics. He signed an “interfaith statement” asserting that fossil fuels must be phased out because we are in the midst of a “climate crisis”. The statement further maintains that ecosystems have an “intrinsic right” to exist, thrive and rejuvenate.
Again, he signs this statement as a faith leader. The unstated presumption is that he possesses certain wisdom and knowledge on matters related to the Catholic faith, and that qualifies him to sign this statement.
It turns out my Sunday School has begun studying the book of Genesis. And there are a couple of passages in the very first chapter that inform this issue:
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth”…
28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (NKJV)
So here we have the very first book in the Bible stating TWICE that God gave man dominion over creation. But the worldview of the climate change cultists is precisely the opposite– that creation has dominion over man.
While it is warranted to protect creation so that it can continue to provide sufficiently for man, the question is how we do that. That is a technical, scientific question that relies upon good science.
Pope Francis has inverted the traditional Christian understanding of man’s relation to the world God created. He throws his lot with the climate change fanatics who rely upon bad science.
How much does man contribute to climate change? Will reversing man’s contribution make any difference? Is climate change really causing the cataclysmic, severe impacts that are being floated? The true answers to these questions are very different than what Pope Francis seems to be asserting.
But when the pope chooses the wrong side in this debate, he weakens his standing among the faithful and proves the Pope is not infallible. He is utterly unqualified to understand and investigate the scientific and technical issues that would enable him to make judgments on these matters. And after all, he does not have to look beyond the very first book in the Bible to find the true answer regarding how he ought to think about this question. It is right there– staring him in the face.
Vivek Ramaswamy– a Hindu– understands this question better than the pope. This is worrisome, because he is correct to state this extreme environmentalism is a new religion to which the pope apparently subscribes: