The Catholic Church as a Political Power
Pope Francis’s Edict on Climate Change will Anger Deniers and U.S. Churches
From the article:
He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?
Religion and politics. Hmm…so, the Catholic Church is not only a religious power but a political mover and shaker. You might want to take note of that.
Following a visit in March to Tacloban, the Philippine city devastated in 2012 by typhoon Haiyan, the pope will publish a rare encyclical on climate change and human ecology. Urging all Catholics to take action on moral and scientific grounds, the document will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops and 400,000 priests, who will distribute it to parishioners.
“A papal encyclical is rare. It is among the “highest levels of a pope’s authority“. It will be 50 to 60 pages long; it’s a “big deal“.
By Catholics, he effectively means 1.2 billion people. It’s is estimated that there are 7 billion people on the whole planet. Now that’s political power. And religious power, of course.
I would say that according to bible prophecy the “wound” is healed and in a big way. Does he hold sway over the kings of the earth? Why, yes he does.
I do have a question… Since when is the Pope a scientist? Where is his degree? Is he going to guilt Catholics on moral grounds. How is that done? What is he going to say?
Maybe something like “if you are a good Catholic (as opposed to a bad Catholic?) you will believe that somehow everything you do…can and does effect climate and human ecology. You are personally responsible”.