Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lucia Pope Benedict's message on climate change and world peace

Looks like the Pope has caused a bit of a storm with a whole range of people. Andrei has a good post up on the details. Not PC is a little surprised, but then he puts it all down to the advisers the Pope must have.

I'd just like to highlight a couple of statements that stood out to me.
... fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering.

The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement.
This has been my position on climate change all along - I'm so glad I don't need to reconsider!
... the world needed to care for the environment but not to the point where the welfare of animals and plants was given a greater priority than that of mankind.
Yes! All those people that are so worried about whales or giant snails - are they at all perturbed by tiny human babies being sucked out of their mother's wombs? Related to that, this Sunday marks 400,000 tiny human lives taken by abortion in NZ in the last 30 years.
"The human community cannot do without the service provided by the family. Where can young people gradually learn to savor the genuine 'taste‚' of peace better than in the original 'nest‚' which nature prepares for them."

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"Whoever, even unknowingly, circumvents the institution of the family undermines peace in the entire community, national and international, since he weakens what is in effect the primary agency of peace. This point merits special reflection: Everything that serves to weaken the family based on the marriage of a man and a woman constitutes an objective obstacle on the road to peace."
It has often been asked why gay marriage threatens traditional marriage. As if someone else's marriage could threaten another's. But the threat is not so much direct as indirect. Once the notion of marriage, all it entails, all it's responsibilities are changed, marriage is weakened. If it is considered that marriage is temporary, until one "partner" falls out of love, then marriage is weakened, and the children's ability to form life long relationships is weakened, as they've never seen how a life long relationship works. If any man and his dog can get married, then marriage becomes a joke, something no one really needs or aspires to. Yet marriage is fundamentally necessary in raising children and instilling values. Without that, everything falls apart. And we can see that happening quite clearly in NZ.

Related Links: Daily Mail, New York Sun

6 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

Did he mention Al Gore burning in hell at all?

Say yes and gain a convert.

M.

DenMT said...

Lucyna, I really hope that as an avowed Christian you read the whole thing!

I say this because the cherry-picked excerpt in the article reads veeeeery differently than the actual full text of the address, as I pointed out to PC. You can read it here:

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/peace/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20071208_xli-world-day-peace_en.html

DenMT

Psycho Milt said...

"Yes! All those people that are so worried about whales or giant snails - are they at all perturbed by tiny human babies being sucked out of their mother's wombs?"

No, not really. Maybe if humans got to be an endangered species like the critters you mention, but there isn't much chance of that happening - we'd give rats and cockroaches a run for their money.

Lucyna said...

DenMT, no I had not, so thanks for the link. Looks like the opening salvo of the Daily Mail article where what the Pope said is actually wrong. Anything in quotations is correct. I was actually wondering why direct quotations weren't used at the beginning, and now I'm wondering if it was either the reporter's interpretation of the speech, or comments from someone that have been added on.

Fergus said...

Well when an article quotes the Daily Mail and the New York Sun as primary sources what more can you expect.

Glad to see a theologian ranks alongside proper scientists in whatever manic world you inhabit.

Doesn't the whole idea of civil marriage already dilute your image of it, if so quit whining that battle was lost a long time ago. I have no objections to churches deciding who they can marry (ie officiate, consecrate the union etc.), their prerogative , but to try and dictate the bounds of an institution that has already left their orbit and can be said to be distinct is annoying.

marginalizedactiondinosaur said...

It's funny the secular types are the ones so strong in their faith of global warming they totally avoid the
facts.

They are very good at saying what will happen but how much higher is sea level today over 100 years ago they don't want to talk about it.

The Pope makes them look real bad, because what he says is so true.

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