The “President” meets the “Pope”

An unimpressed Christopher Akehurst discusses the meaning of Friday’s summit of the pseudos.
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3 Responses to The “President” meets the “Pope”

  1. Ivan Denisovich says:

    Akehurst nails it.

    How far have we fallen?

  2. Ivan Denisovich says:

    From the Akehurst piece:

    First they’ll diagnose what to do about the climate. This will no doubt be along the lines of less coal for everyone except China, immediate canonisation of St Greta the Ecobrat, wind turbines on all church towers, bath night on Saturdays only – practical steps like that.

    Sandro Magister:

    In Glasgow, at the United Nations conference on climate change to be held from October 31 to November 12, Francis will not be there. He has removed the trip from his schedule. But if he is not going – Father Thomas Reese, former editor of the Jesuit weekly “America,” proposed to his confrere Pope – why not include Greta Thunberg in the Vatican delegation? Why not give none other than her the pope’s seat? Not outside the conference, to demonstrate with the people oppressed by the politicians’ vacuous “blah, blah, blah,” but inside, face to face with the powerful of the earth, to say to their faces all that must be said.

    It is no mystery that Francis, author of the environmental encyclical “Laudato si’,” admires the young Swedish activist, whom he met briefly in St. Peter’s Square on April 17, 2019. But it is just as well known that Greta rivals him on the public stage worldwide, as a figure of reference for the defense of nature…….

    Instinctively one would therefore think that Francis is the bearer of the religious prophecy. But he’s not. On October 4, right when Greta was in Italy to contest the “blah, blah, blah” of the leaders and to mobilize the protest of the “Fridays for Future,” the pope took part in a meeting at the Vatican between religious figures and scientists organized by the embassies of Great Britain and Italy to the Holy See, in preparation for the conference in Glasgow.

    The meeting culminated in a solemn appeal for the safekeeping of nature signed by, in addition to Pope Francis, ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, Moscow patriarch Kirill, the grand imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, Rabbi Noam Marans, and representatives of Buddhism and other religions.

    Well then, in the 2,350 words of the appeal the word “God” does not appear even once. Nor do the words “creator,” “created,” “creature.” Nature is defined as “a life-giving force.” The sole timid, vague reference to transcendence is in the line recognizing in the natural world “the signs of the divine harmony.”

    Too little, or rather nothing at all, to stand up to the challenge of Greta’s exclusively earthly prophecy, imitated to the point of banality even in its excesses, for example where the appeal of Francis and other religious leaders asserts that “there might be only one decade left to restore the planet.”

    Two years ago the lay professor Panebianco published together with his colleague from the University of Bologna Sergio Belardinelli, a Catholic, a book analyzing the current state of European civilization and Christianity.

    The criticism that the two authors lodged against to the Church today was that it was “too human” and “scarcely eschatological,” too silent about God as “creator and lord of heaven and earth,” when instead this “prophecy” should be its absolute priority, “as was quite clear to Joseph Ratzinger.”

    Since this is how things are, the idea of ​​sending Greta to Glasgow in the place of Pope Francis is by no means far-fetched.

  3. Shy Ted says:

    summit of the pseudos

    Take out the first s and the u and that’s closer.

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