As Christians, however, we know that one has to be careful not to judge rashly; like the Pharisees, who thought they had Our Lord pegged based on the motley crew that often surrounded Him.
What they failed to recognize is that Jesus did not endorse anyone’s sinful lifestyle; on the contrary, He never lent credence to the nefarious ways of any person or group.
If and when a man does this, however, now that’s a truly foolproof gauge of his mettle.
This brings me to recent news that Francis has endorsed an initiative of the Global Catholic Climate Movement.
From Vatican Radio:
Following the 2nd anniversary of the publication of his encyclical “Laudato Sì – On Care of our Common Home”, Pope Francis has endorsed a pledge campaign that aims to mobilize at least 1 million people to directly engage in turning the encyclical’s message into action.
Organized and promoted by the Global Catholic Climate Movement … The “Laudato Sì Pledge campaign” has received support from Church leaders from around the globe including Cardinal Turkson, Cardinal Tagle, Cardinal Ribat, Cardinal Cupich and Cardinal Marx. It has also garnered the support of major environmental leaders.
Tomás Insua, Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, said, “We are grateful and inspired by Pope Francis’ endorsement…”
Wow! Did you catch that lineup of progressive “Princes”? It’s a veritable Who’s Who of heretics in Catholic clothing; the New Guinean prelate Ribat being the only one among them whose reputation isn’t globally well-known.
Of course, such men have long been in the Adversary’s service, but at least in this case they can at least claim to be following the lead of His Tree-Hugger-in-Chief.
At this, let’s take a closer look at this Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM).
According to their website, GCCM is a global network of member organizations formed in response to the Green Envirocyclical, Laudato Si’.
A blast from the past just for fun:
Among the GCCM member organizations listed (speaking of the company one keeps) includes Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.
In a July 2016 article, Bill Donahue of the Catholic League wrote of the organization:
Catholics in Alliance is a front for George Soros, the billionaire who supports abortion-on-demand and other public policy initiatives that are anathema to the Catholic Church.
It is run by [unapologetic Obama and Clinton supporter] Christopher Hale, a left-wing activist who works with Catholic dissidents and ex-Catholics to oppose the Church. He has an article posted on the website of Time that explains why Soros greases him: It is titled, “Trump-Pence is the Most Anti-Catholic Republican Ticket in Modern History.”
Hale is precisely the kind of guy GCCM likes to partner with.
A page on the GCCM website is dedicated to:
There, one will find such “best writing” gems as:
– We must stress that there are certain problems to which only socialists, and socialism, have solutions … The future must be socialist!
– We’ll need to start with a new vision for America with a democracy that truly works for all of us, and seeks justice: economic justice, racial justice, gender justice, environmental justice, educational justice and so on.
– Consider joining the International Socialist Organization, Democratic Socialists of America, or Socialist Alternative—all are socialist organizations operating independently of the Democratic Party … Two other key battles over the next four years will be over unions and reproductive rights.
You get the picture.
With all of this having been said, I think it’s fair to conclude that the Global Catholic Climate Movement is eminently unworthy of the name “Catholic” and much less a papal partnership of any kind.
It is, however, perfectly suited for an endorsement from Jorge Mario Bergoglio.