Pell’s comments could be welcomed by rationalists
Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-07-15
I welcome Pell’s dangerous comments denying anthropogenic climate change and encouraging dangerous population growth, while at the same time wondering whether they suggest that Pell is a closet racist, as well as a closet Manichee, recapitulating a stance that the Roman Catholic church (and it’s predecessors) has considered the most abominable of heresies.
Pell’s comment are (unsurprisingly) contrary to the vast bulk of scientific opinion, and will doubtless increase human misery, especially if it sways Roman Catholic countries (Italy, Philippines, etc, and especially Brazil which has stewardship of the Amazon rainforest) away from global climate change treaties. Pell isn’t stupid – he knows that human misery and adherence to authoritarian theistic belief creates a nasty feedback loop. This is consistent with Pell’s praise of Constantine (an implicit desire for a return to the Dark Ages) that I analyzed some time back.("Pell’s QuadRant essay is sooooo wrong" 2007-09-05).
Hopefully, this will lead those folk who are at least half rational to understand that the Roman Catholic church remains the enemy of humankind, and much more dangerous to us all than any other dogma – including the (erroneous) interpretation of the Q’ran by those Islamists who promote violence. If a large part of current Roman Catholics recognize this and move to either more progressive Christianity, or preferably further to agnosticism and atheism, then that is a good result … which is why I am glad he made these comments.
We should also note that Pell’s comments are implicitly racist. He argued that developed nations (predominantly caucasian) have decreased fertility rates, and therefore should increase the number of children per female. Given the continuing unsustainable rise of the world population, is he arguing that immigration from underdeveloped to developed nations is undesirable, or is he merely a white supremacist, arguing that we need more whiteys? How is this different from Hitler’s policy of Aryan baby factories?
More interesting from a theological viewpoint is the implied Manichæism (the idea that the real universe was created and still totally under the control of an evil deity, while the benevolent deity is too pre-occupied with omphaloskepsis to worry about what goes on in the real world.) If he is denying anthropogenic climate change, but not climate change and the inevitable consequence of increased misery through famine, war, pestilence and death, then he thinks the cause is supernatural. As a benevolent omnipotent deity would certainly not create universal misery, then responsibility must be due to an equipotent malevolent agency. After all, if you know your Latin, only the "Light bringer" (Lucifer) can be responsible for saying "Let there be light" (Fiat Lux).
With the best scientific information on climate change and the criticality of birth control to female health outcomes indicating the global damage that will result from those who act on Pell’s exhortations, much more damage than Islamist terrorists could ever cause, unless Ratzinger and the rest of the cardinals disown Pell and his comments, the Roman Catholic church should become a proscribed organization, and all it’s assets seized.
- Slimpickens (2008-07-15) noted (nice pickup) that Pell is fighting another doctrinal issue: papal infallibility, given Ratzinger’s warnings on climate change. Or is Pell being pre-emptively infallible when the Opus Dei folk pick their third Paedifract Maximus in a row?
- LP has an entire category on WYD
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- What did the priest say to the youth? Open WYD!
- And the award for not having a big photo of the Pope on the front of the daily newspaper yesterday goes to…. The Geelong Advertiser for having a photo of Cameron Ling (background here). But then, apart from a few Collingwood-loving heretics, Geelong is a religious monoculture, with Kardinia Park the one true place of worship of God (Ablett), the Son of God (Ablett Jnr) and Buddha (Hocking). Note the "major categories" of pages in the left-hand side… "Sport", "Geelong Football Club", "Premiers 2007", "Footy Tipping", "Dream Team" – makes "The Sun" look like a journal of footy haters.