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Monday
Jun152015

The encyclical leaked

A copy of the encyclical has been leaked to the Italian press. A copy can be seen here, for those who speak Italian. Maurizio advises that his impression is very much that this is going to be seen as a damp squib. He points in particular to this paragraph (translated mostly by Mr Google):

For poor countries, the priority should be the eradication of poverty and social development of their inhabitants; at the same time the scandalous level of consumption of certain privileged sectors of their population must be considered and better counter corruption. Of course, they must also develop less polluting forms energy production, but for this they have need to rely on help from countries that are grown much at the expense of pollution today the planet. The direct exploitation of abundant solar energy requires that you establish mechanisms and subsidies so that developing countries can have access to technology transfer, for technical assistance and financial resources, but always paying attention to concrete conditions, since the compatibility of the systems with the context for which they are proposed is not always properly assessed. The costs would be low when compared to risk of climate change. In any case, it is above all an ethical choice, based on solidarity of all peoples.

 

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Reader Comments (58)

while Greenies are so focused on clearing land for biofuels and subsidy farms of solar and wind ..they are actually damaging the environment.
Precisely so, stewgreen. And Francis appears (I'll wait for Thursday but reading from the link I quoted above) to have given all of us the green light to hammer them for that damage.

jamspid
Why don't you wait for Thursday as well? So far I see and have heard nothing to support that view.

Jun 16, 2015 at 9:49 AM | Registered CommenterMike Jackson

AFAIK the leak was to L'Espresso, the weekly arm of the La Repubblica newspaper, perfect radical-chic champagne-socialism Italian version of the Guardian, with no cliché spared, including the worst of climatechangeism (in 2008 one of their journalists managed to out-rubbish the Daily Mail on the WWF hoax story of drowning polar bears).

So all the brouhaha about the Encyclical being undermined by the leak, it's just Papal pap.

Jun 16, 2015 at 9:50 AM | Registered Commenteromnologos

I think Jamspid (Jun 16, 2015 at 9:33 AM) has hit the nail most squarely on the head. The Pope should be more concerned with the inhumanity that man is inflicting upon his fellow man rather than any perceived “inhumanity” that is being perpetrated on the planet. My favourite way to put things into perspective is to consider which is smoother, a billiard ball or the Earth? Scaled against each other, it is the Earth, which has to make you realise that no matter how big the human structure, or “damage”, it is but a piffling inconsequentiality to the planet, when even the mountains are nothing but the slightest of blemishes.

Jun 16, 2015 at 10:19 AM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

Another step down the spiral staircase to oblivion and irrelevance for the catholic church. A path previously trodden by the Church of England

Jun 16, 2015 at 10:24 AM | Unregistered Commenterconfused

In an extraordinarily frank document, the Pope lambasts rich countries for “looting” the world and takes aim at bankers and climate sceptics for accelerating its decline.

He warns that the world is facing widespread crop failure, economic ruin, mass migration and the destruction of entire eco-systems.

“If the current trend continues this century we could witness climate change unlike anything seen before and the unprecedented destruction of eco-systems, with serious consequences for all of us,” he writes.

He sounds like Jim Jones, Paul Krugman and Michael Mann all rolled into one. I do believe that the devil has taken form in the Pope! I am not religious and am quite ignorant of religious teachings, but isn´t there something written about the devil taking on disguises?

Jun 16, 2015 at 12:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterRedbone

Or,as a mate of mine once said: "..a damp squid..."

Jun 16, 2015 at 2:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterJimmy Haigh

Some Canadian comments thereupon

http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2015/06/y2kyoto-is-it-r.html

Jun 17, 2015 at 10:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnother Ian

We're all communistic anti-religion freaks today !

Jun 18, 2015 at 12:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterInTheKitchen

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