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Pope Benedict is a very, very serious and wise religious leader. Else he wouldn't be Pope. Benedict is not simply world wise, you must understand, he is extra-worldly wise. When he speaks ex-cathedra....he speaks as God. And traditionally, God has been regarded as all knowing. That's some wisdom.
So when Pope Benedict speaks, even when not speaking directly about Roman Catholic Church doctrine, he speaks with authority. People listen.
Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.
The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that 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. Link
For the most part, unlike the Pope, I've stayed out of the climate change discussion. Unlike the Pope, I'm not plugged into the invisible heavenly kingdom where all the wisdom files are kept. I don't, unlike the Pope, have divine broadband, stairway to heaven access. It's not available yet in my area. And when it becomes available....man....the cost!
So this post is not about climate change. It is about this one sentence in the article....it's vital, according to Pope B, that, "the international community based it's policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement."
Quite breathtaking, really.
The international community should rely on science not dogma. Does Pope Benedict base his understanding of life on science? Does Pope Benedict base his understanding of life on dogma?
Does science have an explanation for the dogma of the Eucharist? Have researchers now discovered how it is that Jesus, himself, is in all those wafers handed out at Mass? What about the science of the resurrection story and the virgin birth and all the rest? These purely fantastical and unscientific beliefs, are all fully embraced by the Pope. Aren't these outside-of-science beliefs what makes up the dogma of the Catholic faith? Would the Catholic Church even exist, would there even be a need for a Pope, if it wasn't for the superstitious and supernatural dogma which is the foundation of all of Christianity? Is this supernatural based Catholic dogma considered by Benedict to not yet be settled? Are Catholic beliefs "living" and flexible or rigid and petrified?
Non-science based old fables of superstition and mythology make up the dogma of the Catholic Church led by this Pope. That same Pope is now saying, "..it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement."
Like I said, I'm no expert on climate change. I'm no expert on anything. However, I do have questions. What would environmentalist dogma look like? Is environmentalist dogma full of exciting fairy tales of magic and miracles, you know, like the Pope's Catholic Church dogma is? Unlike the Pope and his Church, aren't environmentalists using science as their dogma to point out the many destructive forces out there at work in the world?
I mean, are these environmentalists, like, doctoring all those pictures of all that ice melting? Are environmentalists rigging those charts that show a sharp upswing in temperatures over the recent past? Or, are those ice melting pictures and graphs, etc., the empirical data of scientific investigation? And unlike scientific investigations into miraclulous religious claims which always come up empty handed, aren't the environmentalists actually following real empirical data that points in a specific direction?
Or is the Pope actually making a political statement here with a bit of environmentalist bashing? Is he saying that he, Vicar of the Son of God, knows the intentions, the hearts, of these environmentalists? Is it that he thinks (him and God) environmentalists are only trying to bring down western capitalism with all their melting ice photos and charts and graphs?
Does the Pope think, like Rush Limbaugh, that environmentalists use science simply to promote a larger agenda? An agenda that is only made up of hatred for the U.S. and western societies? An agenda that seeks to bring low all industrialized economies for the sake of socialism? Is that the "dogma" the non-scientific-based, religious-dogma-believing Pope....umm....believes?
If so, then it is only proof positive that this modern day Pope, like many ancient and medieval popes before him, still believes in fairy tales.