The Catholic Church’s important role
Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent
PARIS, November 30, 2015
The worldwide mobilization is being egged on from the Vatican itself, since Pope Francis in Laudato Si’ made a plea for “ecological conversion” in company with “experts” such as atheist John Schellnhuber who are active in major international and governmental organizations that do a lot to promote the culture of death. On his trip to Africa, Pope Francis again passionately pleaded for the signature of an agreement in Paris.
His moral authority is of paramount importance to the negotiators but has left many Catholics perplexed. It should be said, in the name of the separation of the spiritual and the temporal, that the Catholic Church’s role is to help people attain their personal end, salvation, while the temporal common good is the responsibility of lay people.
It must also be said that the pope openly rejects population control in Laudato si’ – as is his moral duty – but he does pick up all the alarmist talk of the “warmists” and seems to have made the fight against climate change into man’s first obligation today.
In France, as the COP21 approaches, we have had some surprises. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, primate of Gaul, criticized the “catastrophic” tone being used and said in an interview with Famille chrétienne last week: “You should not accuse man of being the master and lord of creation, because that is his vocation. It is not his mastership that is the source of the planet’s ills, but sin.” He also underscored how man has turned France into a garden by “enriching” nature.
Cardinal Vingt-Trois of Paris celebrated a mass in Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral earlier this month in view of the COP21. He warned against an “ecology without man” that sees human beings as “intruders and destroyers,” and also against “partial ecology” whose only objective would be to preserve our way of living.
On the other hand, a recent op-ed on Radio Notre Dame, the Archdiocese of Paris’ radio station, by editorialist Hubert de Beaufort blamed the “blindness” of ecology towards the “main cause” of present-day problems: “demographic explosion.” “Only China has understood the challenge in imposing its one-child policy,” he said in a talk that is still online on the Radio’s website.