Be sure to spend a little time with Thom Peters’ piece at Catholic Vote about Pope Francis, the new, projected encyclical on the environment and human ecology, and the UN.
There are pithy phrases which we might put on mugs and bumper stickers. I like:
If the future of the human race comes down to the results of a UN meeting, we’re doomed.
The UN is also, as I said, incompetent. Worse: it is actively counterproductive.
I only half jokingly, well … maybe quarter jokingly… predicted that Pope Francis would sign his new encyclical at the UN. Francis does, however, want to influence the debate on the environment to take place at a UN sponsored gassy meeting in Paris next year.
Peters drills into how the media are treating the news about Francis’s encyclical. Along the way he makes some pretty good points. For example:
The original sin of climate change is that it pits human beings and nature against each other. The United Nations sees people, and particularly poor people, as the problem, as consumers, which is why they funnel so much money into birth control and population suppression policies. That’s why those who hold power at the UN are the very last people we should be going to if we truly want to help the poor!
While we will all, I am sure, admit that the Church has to have dealings with the UN, some representation in order to make the Church’s voice heard, I can’t fathom why we would want to get into bed with that organization.