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.
His remarks will be made in his annual message for World Peace Day on January 1, but they were released as delegates from all over the world convened on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali for UN climate change talks.
This is from an article from The Daily Mail titled "The Pope condemns the climate change prophets of doom." More proof that you should never just rely on the media whether it is on the left or the right. The author of the article came up with his interpretation based on this piece from the Pope’s message.
It is important for assessments in this regard to be carried out prudently, in dialogue with experts and people of wisdom, uninhibited by ideological pressure to draw hasty conclusions, and above all with the aim of reaching agreement on a model of sustainable development capable of ensuring the well-being of all while respecting environmental balances.
The author Simon Caldwell makes the Pope say much more then he actually said. Saying that the Pope was calling this scare-mongering is a reach , though it is obvious that the Pope sees the current discussion on the environment to be partially driven by ideological pressure and perhaps jumping the gun on the science. While I agree with Simon Caldwell about their being prophets of doom in the debate on “climate change”, I think it is dishonest to put those words in the Pope’s mouth.
The Holy Fathers message for the World Day of Peace called The Human Family, a Community of Peace is a good read just as everything he writes is. His message starts off and is rooted in the family.
The natural family, as an intimate communion of life and love, based on marriage between a man and a woman, constitutes “the primary place of ‘humanization’ for the person and society”, and a “cradle of life and love”. The family is therefore rightly defined as the first natural society, “a divine institution that stands at the foundation of life of the human person as the prototype of every social order”
The message proceeds from the family to the human community where he addresses the environment. He then goes on to talk about economy in the context of human community and moral values and ends with overcoming conflict in the world and moving towards disarmament.