Pope Francis Encyclical Incites The Violation Of 4 Of God’s 10 Commandments

This Vatican site here teaches Catholics the 10 Commandments of God.

Yet, on topics of energy and climate, the Pope’s latest Encyclical arguably serves to incite many of the world’s citizens and powerful institutions to violate 3, if not 4, of these Holy Commandments.

On the subject of climate science and energy, the overall attitude of the Pope with regards to skeptic voices has been a colossal disappointment. Pope Francis has purposely refused to listen to the critics of climate pessimism and alarmism, has outright dismissed them, and, as He communicates in His Encyclical, He now calls for the forced redistribution and reorganization of the world’s goods.

Though the Encyclical gives the appearance of an appeal to alleviate pain and suffering among the world’s most vulnerable, It is in part a deeply rooted and disturbing desire to seize and control the world’s life-sustaining wealth and resources. History threatens to repeat.

Rather than teaching Catholics to voluntarily share their wealth (as many already do), Pope Francis instead proposes that Catholics and all citizens be forced to do so by law, against their will, and to do so to a draconian extent. This is an uncharacteristically harsh and aggressive doctrine. So harsh in fact that executing the Encyclical’s underlying demand would de facto involve the violation of 4 of God’s 10 Commandments:

NO. 10: YOU SHALL NOT COVET YOUR NEIGHBOR’S GOODS

When you boil down the issue of climate change, it gets down to the confiscation, redistribution and re-ownership of global wealth. Catholic and PIK economist Ottmar Edenhofer even confirmed this in no uncertain terms. It is clear that much of the issue is all about coveting thy neighbor’s goods. It is about inciting the world’s poor to covet the wealth of others, and inciting powerful institutions to seize that wealth on the poor’s behalf. Worse, rightful owners are being coerced by false threats (e.g. computer-generated doomsday scenarios) should they resist going along.

NO. 7: YOU SHALL NOT STEAL

The climate issue and the Encyclical itself demand that a global authority be set up with the purpose of denying and/or redistributing the world’s wealth and energy. Redistribution here means seizing property rights from their rightful owners, and transfering these rights to others, all under the guise of the common good. The confiscation of property through gross acts of scientific deception and computer-generated threats of natural calamities is ‘stealing’.

NO. 8. YOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR

When it comes to the claimed “consensus” on the science, its funding, the accuracy of climate models, presentation of data, proxy reconstructions, etc. there’s been an over-abundance of false witness. This has been the most unfortunate aspect and the root of the whole issue. The Pope’s characterization of the non-alarmist climate skeptics, one he seems to have hastily adopted from the powerful and well funded, is one that bears false witness against these very skeptics. The skeptics of alarmism and climate science are in fact in great numbers, and most are operating humbly on a shoestring and with no support from the powerful institutions, let alone Big Oil. Moreover there is no consensus whatsoever, and the Pope is spreading a grave untruth here when He implies there is. The skeptics are poor, have had their voices muffled – and yet, rather than showing them compassion as Jesus would, the Pope has callously dismissed them, refused to hear them, even marginalized them, opting to side with the rich and powerful.

NO. 5: YOU SHALL NOT KILL

Here killing means the premeditated act of taking another’s life. Of course no one believes the Vatican endorses this. But if you know your actions and policies lead to lives being lost in mass, then you are guilty of killing. It is clear that taking affordable energy away from the poor (and even the lower middle class) leads to horrible deaths from exposure – real deaths today that we witness winter after winter. Instead the Pope appears indifferent to the poor’s need of cheap fuel to stay warm and to care for their families, and seems obsessed with the fictitious computer-generated “deaths” 50 years down the road that some see in models, which so far have been proven to be totally flawed. Has he bought into the notion that climate scientists are prophets?

These are 4 Commandments that Pope Francis is sadly neglecting and possibly abusing in his Encyclical. Many of us have already come to realize that this Pope did not even author the encyclical himself, and that he likely was duped into endorsing It. Executing the Encyclical would lead to moral anarchy.

Good Catholics will choose to ignore the Pope’s Encyclical with respect to the still very much unsettled and hotly debated topics of climate science, energy, and especially the calls for the forced redistribution of (coveted) goods.

40 responses to “Pope Francis Encyclical Incites The Violation Of 4 Of God’s 10 Commandments”

  1. BobW in NC

    …and in this encyclical, Christ is dishonored, because the focus is no longer on our salvation through Him in His death and resurrection, but on de facto secularism. Sad.

  2. Mindert Eiting

    This seems to me a correct approach, Pierre. The document is already called in the USA ‘the theology of climate change’ (Thomas Reese). So far I did not encounter on Retraction Watch works from theology, but you never know. For me the interesting part of the story is that the ‘theology’ of climate change already exists for decades, is profoundly atheistic, immoral, and superstitious. I stick to my lonely hypothesis that the Church of Rome tries to neutralize this monstrosity. Let’s be patient.

  3. John F. Hultquist

    I have limited understand of religions, but isn’t the God mentioned herein, giver of the 10 commandments, the God of the Jews, Christians, and Islam? I think it would be instructive to get informed opinions of other religion’s adherents as to whether or not, and how, this encyclical violates their beliefs.

    1. DirkH

      I’m a protestant and you saying that my God is the God of Islam violates my beliefs.

    2. Otter (ClimateOtter on Twitter)

      Ditto what Dirk said.

      1. Jeff

        Ditto too. There IS a difference.

    3. TedM

      Ditto.

  4. Jeff

    I think the religion of GAIA (which AlGore, the climate whore, and now Pope Francis promulgate) pretty much violates all but the third and seventh commandments – maybe someone can see if they are
    violated as well….

    Exodus 20 (2. Mose) Exposition of the 10 Commandments

    20 And God spake all these words, saying,
    2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
    1 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
    [Earth, GAIA, whatever, are worshipped by Francis, et. al.]
    2 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
    [False Idols, Idolatry: the creature is worshipped rather than the creator, cf. Romans 1:25]
    5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
    6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

    3 7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
    [Not sure here, could be a case of putting words in GOD’s mouth, saying that HE wants us to have birdchoppers and hazardous-waste solar panels]

    4 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
    10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
    11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
    [The GAIANs would have us worshipping sustainability and sipping energy all week long, with no regard as to which day it is…]

    5 12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
    [CAGW: Honor GAIA before all; report your parents if they use too much energy, etc.]

    6 13 Thou shalt not kill. [You covered that – GAIANs kill people, not animals or plants]

    7 14 Thou shalt not commit adultery. [Hmmm… how MUCH can you LOVE your planet?]

    8 15 Thou shalt not steal. [Except for GAIA, and preserving the “sustainability”]

    9 16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
    [The ends justify the means where GAIA’s concerned. While you’re at it, report them if they keep their lights on too long…]

    10 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
    [GAIA, aka Marxism in drag, covets and wishes to redistribute everything that is not theirs, so that they can keep it all for themselves. “Sustaining” their evil power…].

    1. Mindert Eiting

      11. Thou shalt not inflict on other people an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

  5. Mervyn

    This article is a brilliant interpretation of how the Pope’s encyclical goes contrary to the above mentioned Ten Commandments.

    I am the product of a brilliant Catholic education… one that has educated me well… to not just accept what I am told but to inquire, consider and challenge what I am told in order to seek the truth… yes, to avoid the “Catholic Church/Galileo debacle”.

    So when I see how the Vatican has preferred to only listen to one side of the climate debate, i.e. of the climate alarmists, I am left astounded, for this goes contrary to the way I was educated, and I ask the question – what has happened to this Pope that has made him so blind to realism and fairness on the climate issue? Why has he aligned himself with the dark forces of doom and gloom?

    1. Frank

      I am a Catholic and Pope Francis is the False Prophet in the Book of Revelations. Pope Benedict is the last true pope.

  6. John F. Hultquist

    When I wrote my comment above I was thinking of what Buddhism, Hinduism, or other …isms might have in common (or not) with the ideas in the encyclical.
    Now there are 3 responses that claim the God mentioned is not the same god in the beliefs of Jews, protestant, and Islam. I mentioned that I have limited understanding of such matters. Still the name Abraham (Ibrahim ibn Azar) seems to be prominent.
    As that was not my concern, there is no need to pursue it.

    1. DirkH

      You might also find a certain similarity between Abraham and Brahma.

    2. TedM

      John just to explain. Jews and Christians worship the same God, but Christians accept Christ as the incarnation of God, the Jews do not.

      The Jews and the Arabs share the same heritage. They are both descendants of Abraham. Islamists say that Jesus Christ was a prophet, but they clearly reject most of his teaching, and they do not believe in the incarnation.

      1. GerardO

        Hi TedM.

        For something to be the same, it must be identical. The God of the Catholics is not the same as the god of the Jews nor that of the Islamists.

        1. TedM

          Hi Gerardo
          I was not suggesting that Christians and Islamists believe in the same God. I’m not sure how my comment could be interpreted that way.

  7. Graeme No.3

    Global warming causes a rise in the number of Gods.

    I don’t mind that but I absolutely refuse to believe that Al Gore is a prophet, although I would have to accept profit.

  8. Loodt Pretorius

    Pierre,

    I like this summary and think it is so true.

  9. Brian G Valentine

    This has to be the worst Pope since Urban II ordered the first Crusade.

    Recently I say this Pope has hired Joseph Goebbels I mean Hans Schelnhuber to be the Vatican’s propaganda minister – I don’t think the Pope realizes how Nazi Hans Joachim appears to people – especially among lesser developed nations

    1. DirkH

      Brian G Valentine says:
      22. June 2015 at 4:16 PM
      “This has to be the worst Pope since Urban II ordered the first Crusade.”

      Jerusalem had been conquered by Muslims. Muslim pirates also attacked the Italian coast, taking villagers as slaves, threatening to attack Rome. Reconquering Jerusalem was the correct reaction and saved Christianity.

      1. Brian G Valentine

        You can look at it that way if you want, the Greek professional armies should have been fortified, instead the Crusade gave license to a lot of people to plunder anything they felt like along the way.

  10. E.A.

    I like the anti wind turbine posts on this site, but the global warming denial is very disappointing. Man is altering nature in many ways; you can’t simplemindedly pit them against each other.

    Has it occurred to you that even if AGW were not real there are countless reasons to use oil as sparingly as possible? Look up the hundreds of different uses for petroleum and ask yourself why you think it’s moral to burn it with impunity. Seriously, forget AGW for a second and try to be grateful for oil, not just as a gravy train.

    Do you think oil is abiotically infinite, and can be replaced by something else? The evidence (e.g. peaking dates around the world) shows that it’s a one-time gift from nature with incredible energy density and portability. Why squander it just to protest regulations and wallow in personal gluttony? Other fossil fuels are less versatile but very important to conserve, also.

    Pope Francis has said more intelligent things than the previous Popes combined, and all you can do is repeat denial rhetoric and cite dominion Creationist ideology. You are definitely not scientists or critical thinkers.

    1. Brian G Valentine

      Eventually there will be alternatives, such as hydrogen from water, but the infrastructure has to be there, and that requires unimaginable investment, and that requires a functioning economy to do it.

      Wishful thinking won’t build alternatives, and selective repression of the world’s poor based on nothing but nonsensical “climate” fears is abominable.

    2. DirkH

      E.A. says:
      22. June 2015 at 7:41 PM
      “I like the anti wind turbine posts on this site, but the global warming denial is very disappointing.”

      We are empiricists. RSS shows that the globe has not warmed for 20 years. Also, the climate models have no predictive skill. And have been shown to be wrong for the last 20 years. So the prophecies of doom must be discarded.
      We go where the evidence leads us.

      “Has it occurred to you that even if AGW were not real there are countless reasons to use oil as sparingly as possible?”

      As sparingly as possible means none. Yes we could survive without oil and coal and gas – at least some of us. Not all of us. Under conditions of say the 16th century. The population of Europe would seriously decline; Europe would very quickly be deforested.

      So that’s not a very attractive proposition. Or do you hate forests?

      BTW wind and solar are currently a joke, concerning the EROEI. Germany produces 2 % of its energy with them. At a giant cost. 24 bn EUR a year in subsidies.

      So, not something we could rely on for survival.

    3. DirkH

      “Look up the hundreds of different uses for petroleum and ask yourself why you think it’s moral to burn it with impunity.”

      Oil is just a mixture of hydrocarbons of different length. The one we prefer to use as car fuel is octane. It gets separated in refineries. THe more valuable longer chained hydrocarbons are already used for chemical processes.

      So what’s your problem? As to octane, that can be easily synthesized with the Fischer-Troppsch process.

      Say, you don’t have any idea what a refinery is actually good for, right? So why should we listen to a person who disqualifies himself with his lack of knowledge?

    4. AndyG55

      Oh, you are one of the “peak” this or “peak” that morons are you.

      Peak oil and peak coal have never happened, there are more known reserves now that ever.

      Peak renewables will be reached when the subsidies run out.

  11. Brian G Valentine

    “You are definitely not scientists or critical thinkers.”

    Are you jumping to conclusions? Conclusion jumping is a hallmark of the non-scientist.

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    Should’ve asked Josh (from Cartoonsbyjosh) to draw the Pope as the Serpent, tempting Prius drivers. 🙂

    Seems to me like the R.C. Church is trying to sequester another pagan religion along with the many others that it has in the past 1900 years. Other churches are at it too; chasing after lost sheep.

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