Continuing on with the translation by PopeWatch of the Green Encyclical. Go here to read the first part.
51.Greedy gringo rich countries are responsible for economic disparities North and South and cause ecological damage in the South. (The Pope really is clueless when it comes to economics, isn’t he?)
52.The greedy gringos of the North are responsible for people being poor in the South. (Classic Peronism.)
53.Mama Earth has to be protected but we lack the political will and structures to do so. New techno-economic power structures if not stopped will kill the environment and freedom and justice. (One can imagine evil tycoons twirling their moustaches and chortling evilly. The Pope’s view of the world is not much more sophisticated than that.)
54.Economic and technological special interests block ecological reform; i.e. people who do not agree with the Pope have been successful in opposing the type of draconian ecological measures he favors.
55.Some countries are making ecological progress but those darn markets keep leading to more consumption which damages the environment. (Back in Real World, the best environment tends to be in the most capitalistic countries. The nations with the worst ecological records have all been Communist.)
56.More market bashing from the Pope. Man, does he hate free enterprise.
57.Pope foresees wars over scarce resources caused by financial interests. (Once again, the economic ignorance of the Pope is staggering.)
58.A break in the bleak for a brief acknowledgment that there has been ecological improvement in some countries.
59.Back to the bleak: such minor improvements in the environment blind us to the overall gloom and doom of the environment and the measures that must be taken to solve this problem.
60.The Pope points to extreme views on how to meet ecological issues, positioning himself to be the sweet, moderate voice of reason.
61.The Pope says that the Church has no reason to venture an opinion on many substantive issues, but that the environment is in such bad shape he is going to force himself to do otherwise in this area.
62.Religion is now added to the environmental politics of this Encylical.
63.There is value to what the Catholic Church has to say on the environment.
64.Because we are Christians we must also be good stewards of the environment.
65.God created everything and called it good. God created each human being as unique and precious.
66.We have three relationships: With God, with our neighbor and nature. These three relationships have been ruptured by sin. (Original sin presumably.)
67.Rejects the idea that Man has dominion over the Earth and presents Man as a transient lease holder, with a duty to future generations to preserve and protect the property leased.
68.Man must respect the laws of nature and preserve nature’s equilibrium.
69.Pope calls for respect for all other living creatures.
70.Cain and Abel, and Noah and the Ark, are reinterpreted as calling for care of the environment and how sin leads to a rupture of our relationship with the environment.
71.Giving the land a year of rest periodically in the Old Testament is reinterpreted as environmental care for the land.
72.Psalms enlisted in the cause of persuading Catholics that God calls upon us to protect the environment.
73.The prophets teach us to call upon God the Creator of the Universe.
74.Babylonian captivity and the Roman empire tossed in for some obscure reason.
75.God is the creator and owner of the world. Remember that!!!
76.Each creature has its own value and significance to God.
77.God chose to create and loves all of His creatures.
78.Nature not divine. (In case you suspected that the Pope was calling for the worship of Gaia.)
79.Church must protect mankind from self-destruction.
80.God can create good out of the evil Man has done.
81.Human beings are unique and can never be reduced to the status of object.
82.Pope bashes free enterprise again.
83.Human beings called to lead all creatures back to their Creator.
84.Each creature has its own purpose.
85.Creation reflects the glory of God.
86.More on that theme.
87.Pope repeats part of the Canticle of the Sun of Saint Francis.
88.Pope creeps up to pantheism and then runs back.
89.God owns all of nature, including us.
90.Human beings are above all other creatures, but equal to each other, and because of this equality we should be alarmed by inequalities between humans.
91.Ties environmentalism in with caring for other humans.
92.Those who are cruel to other creatures usually are cruel to other humans.
93.Common ownership of the Earth, tied in with universal destination of goods.
94.Quotes the bishops of Paraguay: “Every campesino has a natural right to possess a reasonable allotment of land where he can establish his home, work for subsistence of his family and a secure life. This right must be guaranteed so that its exercise is not illusory but real. That means that apart from the ownership of property, rural people must have access to means of technical education, credit, insurance, and markets”. (One can imagine the government power needed to bring to pass such enforced equality.)
95.Private property requires that the property be used for the good of all. (Once again, the Pope knows as much about economics as a pig knows about calculus.)
96.Jesus dragged in to score some strained ecological interpretations of passages in the New Testament.
97.Jesus loved nature. (Except for a certain fig tree.)
98.The Pope states that Jesus lived in harmony with nature and then quotes a passage, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”, that emphasized the dominance of nature by Christ.
99.Christ, the Word, entered Creation by His birth.
100.Christ will deliver all of nature to God the Father at the end of time.
More on Tuesday.