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Here’s a novel, but unsurprising way to deny anthropogenic climate change:

Catholic League president, Bill Donohue, has a bone to pick with Pope Francis. The latter has shown himself to be cognizant of modern problems and is trying to address some from his position of authority.  One of those issues is climate change, which Pope Francis is expected to release an encyclical about later this month. The Pontiff will also speak on the subject when he addresses Congress in September.

But Donohue doesn’t believe that the Pope should be talking about climate change or some of the other things Francis has addressed since he assumed leadership of the Catholic church. Why? Because Donohue thinks the Pope’s authority lies with faith and morals only.

“When it comes to things which are nonnegotiable – let me give you two quick ones: abortion and euthanasia. It’s not my opinion, it’s in the Catechism. It says these are intrinsically evil. No one has ever said that air pollution is intrinsically evil.”

So what we’re saying here is that pollution is OK because God and his minions on earth didn’t say anything about it. Did they know about cars, coal plants and manufacturing on a mass scale when that shit was written? Hmm?

I keep coming back to this theme, because it’s so insidious and dangerous-the idea that the Bible is the only tome one needs to decode reality. What I know is this; no book has everything right. I understand the need for clarity and certainty in a world gone seemingly mad. But you gotta do the best you can, and retreating from cold hard truth using religion is not doing anyone any good. In fact, this story is prima facie evidence that it is apt to do harm.

About The Head Seminarian

I might be the nicest person you'll ever meet, but if you don't believe me, that is because I hate you. I went to war, I went to father, I came, I saw, and it is a mess. I wouldn't have it any other way. Shitty people amuse me, people who act like human volcanoes fascinate me like fine art. Life is beautiful, and it is under attack in a manner heretofore unseen in history. I came to remind you of this, not make it worse. I might be writing a blog. Yes, that's all I am doing, now that I think about it. If you have a bad memory, you will forget this. Even I forget sometimes, so we're cool.

Posted on June 10, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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