Pope blames atheists for environmental problems


If I had to write an article every time the pontiff opens his mouth and says something stupid, I would honestly never get any rest. Aside from the fact this man considers himself the holy avatar between humanity and God, the institution maintains all popes are immune from error. Catholic dogma states that because they are under the influence of the Holy Spirit, all Popes are immune from even the possibility of error. They call this stupid and obviously wrong assertion: “papal infallibility“.

I can appreciate the efforts made by the Catholic church these days concerning the environment. It’s nice to see they recognize that Jesus isn’t coming down to fix our problems anytime soon (even though that won’t stop them from praying for it), since the alternative is frightening to say the least.

Experiencing the shared responsibility for creation (Cf. 51), the Church is not only committed to the promotion of the defense of the earth, of water and of air, given by the Creator to everyone, but above all is committed to protect man from the destruction of himself. In fact, “when ‘human ecology’ is respected in society, environmental ecology also benefits” (ibid).

We should keep in mind this environmental “revelation” is a fairly recent phenomenon. The Catholic Church, for the most part, has always maintained that Earth and every creature on it was the property of man, put there by God for us to enjoy. Now that global warming is such a huge issue, the Pope is quick to put the blame for our environmental problems on his favorite scapegoats: atheists.

Is it not true that inconsiderate use of creation begins where God is marginalized or also where is existence is denied? If the human creature’s relationship with the Creator weakens, matter is reduced to egoistic possession, man becomes the “final authority,” and the objective of existence is reduced to a feverish race to possess the most possible.

Actually, I would venture to guess that the percentage of atheists who care about the environment is probably much higher than our religious counterparts. We also don’t pray for some magical sky-man to solve our problems for us, so I would say we actually have the advantage there as well.

The Pope can deny reality if he chooses to, but I’m annoyed every time this asshole tries to blame the world’s problem on non-believers. Last time I checked, we weren’t telling people dying of AIDS to avoid using condoms, but hey, I’m sure they could make us look like that bad guys on that one too.
(source: examiner.com)

Comments (7)

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    Vince Reardon

    It would be nice if the Pope would attack something a little closer to home, like treatment of women in the Church, the denial of marriage to the clergy, the continuing, absurd ban on birth control, the demonization of homosexuality and gay people, and the cold indifference to victims of sexual abuse by clergy in the Church. Instead? Atheists and the environment. Irrelevant, irrelevant, irrelevant. The Church is dying in the West and the Pope’s first fiddler.

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    Scott

    In “Spe Salvi”, this same pope said that non-belief has “led to the greatest forms of cruelty and violations of justice”. Historical revisionism FTW?

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    CybrgnX

    Nice of Pope Still-a-Dick to blame all atheists when in fact the religious position is that we don’t need to do nothin’ cuz the Lord gOd gave this all to us to use and he will take care if it.
    Its the gOdless that know we have to fix it ourselves and are trying to.

    Also There is a problem with the perception of the pope as infallible, although most of the meatheaded non-thinkers think he is infallible, in truth he is infallible only in interpretation of christian law and the buy-bull. In secular matters he aint no more inspired or infallible then us godless. But that requires meatheads to think and we know how often thats done.

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    oyieth

    Papal infability is more some sort of property that the Pope has for discussions.

    As for the blame, it sounds more like if he is blaming the Individualism, not just the atheis. The word atheist doesnt appear, per se.

    Yeah, I dislike the pope, and Im atheist, but, I think that religion should be a choice, not an excuse to discuss or justify things you do.

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    IrishAtheist

    I’m a 15 year old atheist who’s gone Vegetarian for the environment.All I can see is him eating the flesh of animals and his savour(also an animal but not in the good way :) )

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