Will the Pope’s Global Climate Encyclical in which he urges action to prevent the worsening of environmental problems create a greater and, as yet, unrecognised catastrophe? Is it possible that the Pope intends to deal with poverty by eliminating the poor? In his appointment of scientist Professor Hans Joachim Schnellnhuber, as keynote speaker at the launching of his encyclical, Pope Francis seemed to have more than the environment in mind. Schnellnhuber has been described as one of the more aggressive scientists on the question of man-made global warming and, at the Copenhagen Climate Conference in 2009, he told Angela Merkel that isolating the global warming problem is, cynically, a triumph for science because it places the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet at below one billion people.
Inevitably, we are seeing the smudging of barriers that have for generations separated church and state. Pope Francis’ bold stride into the controversial climate change issue stimulates dialogue between faith and reason and will inevitably challenge the wavering stance of the US.
The encyclical clearly draws a link between climate change and poverty and calls for a strong and durable universal climate agreement to be found. According to the encyclical, the wealthier nations which possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms.
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, scientific adviser to the Vatican, said the impact of global warming would be “abrupt, surprising, and irreversible”, and that it would shut down parts of the earth much in the same way that the body dies of a fever. “The vital organ’s of the world’s body will collapse,” he said in opening remarks before a press conference.
By appointing Schnellnhuber as the primary scientist and keynote speaker in his encyclical on 18th June, the Pope clearly acknowledges and supports the professor’s radical solutions to climate issues, including the presumption that the earth can only sustain a population of less than a billion inhabitants.
Although Pope Francis dismisses any suggestion that an increase of the earth’s population harms the environment and should therefore be controlled, he has, by association placed himself in the forefront of the mobilisation towards the protocols of the Guidestones.
Certainly the eradication of poverty, which the Pope addresses in his encyclical, is entirely feasible by the expedient eradication of the poor rather than changing the attitudes of the rich. In fact there has never been a clearer-cut solution to an increasingly distressing world problem. It also happens to be totally in line with the ‘peaceful’ message of the Georgia Guidestones. (Interesting that the the person who commissioned the Guidestones used the pseudonym RC Christian – Roman Catholic?)
When the Pope travels to the US in September to present his encyclical to speak before the United Nations and a joint session of the Congress, the Jade Helm 15 military manoeuvres will possibly be drawing to a close. That is, unless some massive “natural” disaster, an unprecedented act of terror, or the drop of the global economy, moves it from an exercise to the real thing. In which case, the elimination of the poor to alleviate poverty may have moved beyond mere talk into action.