New encyclical leaked in Italian

St. Francis Sacro Speco at SubiacoI am reading the Pope’s new encyclical, Laudato si’, leaked in Italian. HERE

You might want to look at Andrea Gagliarduci’ Monday Vatican on this.  He makes the point that everyone will find what he wants in this encyclical… except maybe those who are pro-transgender.

I direct the readership to par. 155 when you are able to get the text, about “human ecology” and the meaning of differences of sexes.

Also, 120 is good on abortion.  It is pretty much in your face for those who are worked up about protecting Gaia from global-warming but are not very interested in protecting human life in the womb.  However, the Pope only mentions abortion once, in par. 120.

There are 20 references to Benedict XVI, by name, either in the text or in the notes, and more if you count the ibids.  There are 21 references to St. John Paul II, by name, but many more where he is cited but not mentioned by name.

We’ll see how the text matches with the officially released version on 18 June (Fr. Lombardi says the leaked version is a draft), and then, subsequently, how that version matches up with the official final version in Acta Apostolicae Sedis.

Since it is now getting around, I’ll remind everyone of the fact that “Laudato si'” is the line of a hymn by St. Francis.

But let’s not that Francis’ hymn ends with the real point of everything we do: salvation!

Laudato si mi Signore, per sora nostra Morte corporale,
da la quale nullu homo uiuente pò skappare:
guai a quelli ke morrano ne le peccata mortali;
beati quelli ke trouarà ne le Tue sanctissime uoluntati,
ka la morte secunda no ‘l farrà male.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Bodily Death,
from whose embrace no living person can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Happy those she finds doing Your most holy will.
The second death can do no harm to them.





Meanwhile… the chuckle-heads are at it. How ridiculous is this going to get before things settle down? Example HERE.

As a meteorologist who works for Slate has it:

What’s going on here is nothing short of amazing. It’s probably the best video I’ve ever seen, on any topic, of any length (and yes, that includes Game of Thrones).

Put together by the Observatório do Clima, a network of Brazilian nongovernmental organizations and advocates for action on climate change, the video pitches the forthcoming message—which has attracted heavenly levels of hype—as a silver bullet in an epic battle between the pope’s forces of climate justice and the evil fossil fuel industry.

The opening quote—“If we destroy creation, creation will destroy us”—is an actual line from one of the pope’s recent sermons on the environment. It is expected to form the heart of his argument in the forthcoming letter to the world’s Catholic churches.

It just gets better from there.

At one point, Jesus appears in the corner of a boxing ring as the pope prepares, saying, “The power of me compels you.” You can’t make this stuff up—except apparently they did.
Seriously, just watch the video.

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  1. CradleRevert says:

    I eagerly await the English translation, even with the inevitable “translation errors” and “accidental omissions” that will come with it.

  2. acardnal says:

    The official promulgation will be Thursday, 18 June.


  3. Bosco says:

    Gagliarduci’s point that everyone will find what he wants in ‘Laudato si’ may be precisely the problem and, as you have so aptly pointed out, Father Z., St. Francis’ Canticle to Brother Sun ends with a stark warning about the loss of one’s soul through mortal sin.

    “Do not imagine that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have come to bring a sword, not peace.” Matthew 10:34

    Is the Sword of Salvific Truth unsheathed in this encyclical or does It remain in Francis’ scabbard? Time will tell.

  4. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Another leak. I hope they catch the leaker this time. Perhaps with a widely-anticipated document it’s worth planting a few drafts in various dicasteries, each with different distinguishing variant texts, to see which ones hit the public.

  5. drohan says:

    Rest assured, the Social Justice Wackos at The Fishwrap already have their stories and interpretations written. I expect the faithful bishops will be fumbling to come out and say anything, and the modernist bishops will all but endorse population control.

    I hope I am wrong.

  6. Mike says:

    Does anyone with an informed conscience not expect Satan to use Earth-goddess idolators, practitioners of the specious and damnable “Spirit of Vatican II,” and anyone else with an anti-Catholic agenda — of whom putative “Catholics” are arguably the most mischievous of all — to make one (last?) mighty push for the destruction of the Faith through the publication and manipulation of this encyclical?

    Between this document, the expected SCOTUS disasters, and the tendency of those responsible for protecting the free world to appease Iran and other would-be global destroyers — not to mention our own individual and chronic betrayals of Christ and His Body, the Church — faithful Catholics have much to pray and fast about this week.

  7. Auggie says:

    Notice the final pontification in the video: “To change everything, we need everyone.”
    By their own admission, climate change is just a means to the end of changing “everything”.

  8. The Masked Chicken says:

    Me, I intend to get rich off of this encyclical by selling The Chicken’s Clucking Hot Buttered Popcorn ™

    It’s all natural. It doesn’t heat up the environment (much). It is compostable. In a pinch, the butter can be used for fuel (rocket or car). It respects humanity (because only humans would eat it). It is carbon neutral (because it is made with secret ingredients that…well, might not be carbon). It is excellent to eat, especially when watching arguments between climate supporters and deniers. It might not break the Church fast (because, frankly, we can’t really tell if it is food or not).

    Most of all, for every microwave packet or bucket sold, we will include, for free, a recording of the encyclical, Laudato si, as it should be experienced in the original Klingon.

    Start those orders coming. This offer will not last long. Your region of the planet may be flooded, tomorrow, so, act, now.

    Sincerely (not),

    The Chicken’s Clucking Hot Popcorn Team [okay, it’s only me, but I really need the money]

    The Chicken

  9. geologus petrolei says:

    As I was watching the video I thought for sure it must have been produced by The Onion. I’m still not completely convinced it was made in earnest.

  10. Geoffrey says:

    I will wait for the English version to come out. I hope there will be a Latin text…

    And where is that video from? It’s pretty funny, if not a tad irreverent…

  11. mcferran says:

    Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has stated, “You are invited to respect the journalistic honesty that requests you wait for the official publication of the final text.” Surely we should all be doing that!

  12. DisturbedMary says:

    geologus petrolei

    It doesn’t matter if The Onion Pontifical Council produced it or not, only that it entertains and moves the ball toward left field. None of this will accomplish truthful ends.

  13. Auggie says:

    When questioned by Michael Voris on the street, millions of young people said, “Yeah, I listen to the Pope. And he said he wants everything to change.”

  14. acardnal says:

    Dear Chicken, why all the popcorn product when you are already making too much selling your eggs. The avian flu virus has driven the price of a dozen up to over $3.00 now! You appear to be part of the greedy capitalist crowd that the Pope is trying to convert. I’m hungry for a drumstick.

    Regarding the video: it has the same production qualities as the “Hillary for President” ads.

  15. Mike says:

    I’m hungry for a drumstick.

    A starkly literal interpretation of “eat the rich.”

  16. Elizabeth D says:

    I did go to confession today but it did not involve global warming. My carbon footprint can probably easily beat the carbon footprint of most global warming campaigners so I am feeling okay about myself about this regardless of the scientific truth.

  17. rwj says:

    That video…made I’m sure by those (like me) who we indoctrinated in school and episodes of Captain Planet…I am inspired:

    Papa Francis, he’s our hero,
    Gonna take pollution down to zero,
    Gonna help him put asunder,
    Bad guys who like to loot and plunder.
    Earth! Fire! Wind! Water! HEART!

  18. wmeyer says:

    I’ll swim against the tide, and leap to no conclusions prior to reading the complete document in English.

  19. pseudomodo says:

    One word…


  20. Bosco says:

    ‘Vatileaks’ the sequel? I’m certain there will be a top-notch investigation at the Vatican over this infamy and someone will go to jail.

  21. Latin Mass Type says:

    The video:

    When I stumbled upon it last night I was struck by the way the “pope” resembled the crazed anti-church protester who was haranguing us along the route of the West Coast Walk for Life several years ago.

    Obviously someone in dress-up.

  22. LarryW2LJ says:

    If only people had been so enthused to hang upon every word of Humanae vitae!

  23. magistercaesar says:

    LarryW2LJ, having read Humanae Vitae, I think the same thing lol

  24. tioedong says:

    Looks like it will make the greens from the elite families that run the middle management of the church here in the Philippines very happy. They “love” the poor, but don’t do much to encourage investment that would actually give the poor decent jobs. Capitalism lifted millions of Asians out of poverty: I wonder if the Pope noticed.

    The real problem in poor countries is the same as noted by Isaiah and the other prophets: the crooked politicians who take bribes and skim off of funds for local development and building the infrastructure that might actually help the poor become middle class.

    In the meanwhile, the growing middle class, and the ambitious working class will become protestants, so they can not only learn about Jesus but learn how to follow God’s rules that let you be financially successful in the modern world (don’t steal, don’t get drunk, come to work on time, work hard, don’t take 4 hour coffee breaks, etc). They also network with each other about jobs and business opportunities.

    I stay Catholic because of the Eucharist.

  25. danidunn says:

    It is ironic that somebody brought Galileo up in this conversation. It is mistakenly believed that Galileo was punished for teaching that the Earth went around the Sun. What Galileo was “punished” for was basically teaching that the Earth revolving around the Sun was settled science. Because, with the benefit of hind sight, and 500 years of ridicule, it is easy to see that the Heliocentrists were correct and the Church erred in discouraging him from promoting his theory. However, there were actually some pretty convincing mathematical models at the time that showed that the Solar System revolved around the Earth. But, since the Church was the leading center of science at the time, I contend that the Church was correct to “punish” Galileo for teaching a theory as settled when at the time it certainly was not settled.

  26. donato2 says:

    I chuckled at Elizabeth D’s post, and it’s underlying point is exactly right. The Church’s main business is faith and morals, not policy about environmental issues. I find the hoopla around the encyclical very dispiriting. It makes seem as though the Church is little more than the Sierra Club.

  27. Elizabeth D says:

    I read this on Time dot com:

    A Vatican official told Bloomberg News that the leak was a “heinous act.”

    “An Italian text of a draft of the Pope’s Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ has been published. Please note that it is not the final text, and that the rules of the Embargo remain in place,” read an official statement from the Vatican.

  28. ecs says:

    Tioedong –

    It’s the same here in the US now too. Like you, I stay Catholic because of the sacraments. But the temptation to evangelical Protestantism is there because at least they aren’t insane politically and they still stand for something religiously. And most of the ones I know are more Catholic than most of the Catholics I know.

    It no longer seems that the Church is the surest path to Christ.

  29. Gratias says:

    It seems to me that part of this Encyclical reads like an old sixties Socialist Manifesto, e.g., par. 94 on how the Bishops of Paraguay explain the need for agrarian reform.

    Perhaps this is revenge of Vatileaks that sent Franciscus’ predecessor to abdication.

  30. I will wait for the official version….until then: 1st law of Thermodynamics….

  31. Imrahil says:

    Dear tioedong,

    I don’t think “the poor” as a class (exceptions excepted) want to become middle-class. What they want is to remain (or become again) working-class; but with a secure job and with a decent salary, which, they think, in a wealthy society includes a modest share in the luxuries also. (The latter for completeness’ sake; we were talking about the poor countries.)

    For the record (no offense intended!), for all the much that can be said about the Church’s silence on some topics, the Church membership’s moral level on some other or the same topics, etc. …

    at least there’s one thing we still usually don’t do and that is preach our morality as if it were just a worldlily efficient policy; we don’t do pep-talk in sermons.

    That at any rate is my take on it.

  32. Imrahil says:

    Dear ecs,

    they still stand for something religiously,

    well, yes, they do. They stand for something wrong.

    Calvinism, which they usually adhere to, is in plain fact not just a variety of Christian teaching whose difference interests only the theologians. It is not just a heresy of the the-Church-is-right-but-otherwise-I-could-understand-them kind (if these exist at all); it is a ghastly distortion of the true Christian doctrine that among other things, as Chesterton somewhere mentioned, ascribes to God the work commonly ascribed to the Devil.

    The Catholic Church though may (where her members are concerned) stand not enough for something (and even include individuals who deviate, etc.), but what they do not stand enough for still is, after all, the truth.

    – There was once a priest who always found something to praise in everybody. Once they tried to see how far he would go and asked, “What, now, do you say about the Devil?” He paused for a few seconds, then said: “Well, my friends, say what you will about him – but there’s no denying he’s zealous.”

    There was ever present, I guess, in the Church the attitude of the following mathematician:

    – There was once a mathematician who slept in a room when fire broke out. He got up, sat on his chair, did a few calculations, wrote down, “hence, that fire is quenchable which is what we wanted to show”, and in calm and peace laid down to sleep again.

    Just that someone has zeal doesn’t mean he’s right. In fact, judging by observations, I wonder whether it’s not rather a sign he’s wrong.

  33. Bea says:

    I bought some organic grapes the other day.
    There was a cobweb, an open cocoon and a live spider in it.
    I threw them out.
    Do I have to go to confession?

  34. ecs says:

    Imrahil –

    Correction then, I am Catholic still because of the sacraments AND because the Church remains the sole repository on earth for the fullness of the Truth of Christ. Even though the bishops as a group can’t say it and are doing everything they can to make that no longer the case, it remains to be so to date.

    Hence my word temptation though. The evangelical Protestants are not attracting souls in droves theoughout South and North America by using Calvinism. In a world that is now hopelessly pagan once again, Protestants attract souls with a unique zeal for Christ. Even if it’s wrong, it’s a zeal that is not existent in any form in the vast majority of the Church.

  35. Pnkn says:

    I am so out of date. I thought that “heinous” referred to sins such as murder. So, if the Eucharist forgives even the most heinous of sins, what’s the big deal ? No confession necessary, just bop on down to MAss and receive (assuming one feels that perhaps the transmission of an ufinished document might be less than morally perfect). If the Vatican is going to ignore Magister, then it will be interesting to see how “they” pursue the person(s) who gave the document to Magister.

  36. It’s kind of funny watching hype feed counter-hype, resulting in counter-counter-hype.

  37. donato2 says:

    The Vatican has suspended Sandro Magister’s press privileges indefinitely for having published a draft of the encyclical.

  38. Bosco says:

    You should have returned those grapes to the grocery store, presented your receipt, and gotten a refund; the proceeds of which you might then have dropped in the poor box. Shame on you.
    Sour grapes. Perhaps you might have earned yourself a carbon credit when you confessed.

  39. frado says:

    Man is polluting the earth with his {SIN}! There are more environmental laws on the books than ever and in my humble opinion God allows earth/nature to react in a negative way to our {SINFULNESS}.
    Climate Change is another guise for Government Control!


  40. Athelstan says:

    I haven’t read much of it yet, but I didn’t have to dig far to find the very first citation (c. 83) of Teilhard de Chardin in a papal encyclical.

  41. Bea says:

    Bosco: Unfortunately I had thrown out the receipt and had eaten a few before I saw the spider et al.

    But if something tickles and tickles inside me did I swallow the fly?

    I’d eat the horse but I’d die, of course.

    ****nursery rhyme lyrics by Alan Mills *****

    Now if we can swallow the encyclical, THAT will be a feat in itself.
    (not to be confused with someone putting his foot in mouth every time he opens it as long as we don’t swallow).
    I think I’d rather swallow the sour grapes.
    Reminds me of someone who “didn’t inhale”.

  42. LarryW2LJ says:

    Here’s what bothers me about this whole darn climate issue – and possibly this encyclical:
    1) Climate has been changing since Creation – I think God intended that.
    2) The scientific debate over man being the major cause of climate debate is NOT settled, by a long shot.
    3) Who stands to profit from this all the most? – Fraud is good work if you can get it. (Being sarcastic here, guys.)
    4) I’m not supposed to judge you if you’re gay, or if you’re divorced and re-married and go to receive Eucharist – but I am supposed to judge you if you don’t recycle?

  43. robtbrown says:

    Imrahil says:

    I don’t think “the poor” as a class (exceptions excepted) want to become middle-class. What they want is to remain (or become again) working-class; but with a secure job and with a decent salary, which, they think, in a wealthy society includes a modest share in the luxuries also. (The latter for completeness’ sake; we were talking about the poor countries.)

    Of course, in past times working class jobs often produced middle class people, the great example having been autoworkers. The rise of technology changed that by a) replacing many of those jobs with robots, and b) facilitating outsourcing those jobs to nations with cheap labor and less demanding environmental laws.

  44. robtbrown says:


    I tend to agree with you. I have asked Human Global Warming advocates what caused the end of the Ice Age and have never received a response. It is also possible that we are at the end of the Ice Age. IMHO, that’s a prime reason why the name was changed from Global Warming to Climate Change, the principal agent being man.

    BTW, I recycle. For me it’s as convenient as throwing the stuff away. And I know that many plastic items–e.g., polar fleece, rugs, stadium cups–are produced from plastic pellets, many of which are previously produced from recycled plastic bottles.

  45. Bea says:

    Maybe this encyclical will add a new sin to our list:

    “forgive me father, for I did not recycle”

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