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February 1, 2016 | Volume 91 Number 7


Vatican support of climate change questioned

I am writing in response to Father Doyle’s letter discussing climate change and the Pope’s encyclical in the January 4, 2016 edition of the Catholic Virginian.

As a family physician, I have seen the ramifications of scientific fraud.

In 1998, Andrew Wakefield and 11 co-authors published a peer-reviewed medical research article in the prestigious British medical journal Lancet, linking autism to vaccinations.

This led to a decrease in MMR vaccinations, and a significant increase in the cases of measles in the U.S. and Great Britain. It took over a decade for the study to be discredited.

I am not sure which side of the anthropogenic climate change issue has the “bad” scientists, but here are some things to ponder.

The 34 national science academies you mention basically accept and rubber-stamp the findings of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC ).

Many in the scientific community believe the conclusions of the IPCC were agenda-driven, based on unproven modeling predictions, and riddled with political corruptness

The guiding force behind “Laudato Si” was Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Science, a prominent figure in the Pope’s close circle of advisors, and a strong proponent of wealth redistribution. Bishop Sorondo systematically removed or prevented climate change skeptics from attending the recent climate change summit.

In addition, Bishop Sorondo is actively involved with the United Nations’ initiative, the Sustainable Developmental Solutions Network, headed by abortion and population control advocate, Jeffrey Sachs.

Last, the bishop chose Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, an atheist and population control advocate, to author the sections on climate change in the Pope’s encyclical.

It took more than 350 years for the Vatican to admit Galileo was right. I wonder how long it will take this time — maybe when Hades freezes over from global warming!

Father Doyle’s column does not appear in the web edition of The Catholic Virginian.


Climate change view needs open exchange

I commend the CV for publishing more articles in the past couple issues regarding the environment, such as Father Gerry Creedon’s article and two letters to the editor.

Certainly this was one major direction given by Pope Francis in his encyclical, “Laudato Si”, — that there be open discussion on climate change.

Our CV in its last edition published a couple of letters challenging and questioning the reality of climate change and its relation to religion. Father Creedon in his article wrote that he sees climate change as both an ethical and moral matter.

The encyclical stressed the responsibility that all Christians have to care for our Earth. Then how much more religious can one be than seeing and experiencing the presence of God in the breath-taking wonders of our Earth?

One letter questioned the validity of the Paris summit agreement, remarking that no scientists participated in the summit.

The summit was intended for national leaders, who, like Pope Francis, in his encyclical, consulted with and were advised by teams of scientists.

There is not an issue which does not have people opposing it and those favoring it. Climate change, as all issues, benefits from the debate between opponents and proponents.

Debate can, and often does, result in people becoming more educated and forming stronger positions where they stand. So, letters questioning and challenging climate change are welcomed.

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‘Best kept secret’ needs to be taught

On May 1 of 1991, Pope John Paul II wrote the following in his Encyclical Centesimus Annus: To teach and to spread her social doctrine pertains to the Churchs evangelizing mission and is an essential part of the Christian message… The new evangelization… must include among its element a proclamation of the Church’s social doctrine.

Those are strong words and it would be hard to make this matter more clear. However, I found that all the social encyclicals were written, released and put in a drawer to collect dust.

As a priest — who happens to be a close friend of mine — wrote in a letter: “This is the best kept secret of the Catholic Church that must not be a secret any longer.”

Furthermore, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2419-2463) includes a few things that we need to know about the Social Doctrine of the Church, but in my humble opinion, is no substitute for the study of the related Encyclicals.

I firmly believe that the following 10 encyclicals must be studied as part of all Dioceses Peace and Justice Committees area of knowledge, and Adult Education programs. It must also be proclaimed, and taught to many people.

I recommend that this study, discussions, examination or whatever name is used, should be conducted in chronological order starting with Rerum Novarum and ending with Caritas in Veritate adding Laudato Si.

If we don’t establish a continuous program to teach, proclaim and spread the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, we are totally missing the point that all these popes are making for a reason and with a purpose.

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