147.The Pope wants improvement in the environment in which people lead their daily lives.
148.Pope praises people who live in bad locations, slums for example, but who improve their lives by ties of families, friendship and other associations.
149.Bad living conditions can lead to anti-social behavior, but the Pope is confident that love can always triumph even in the worst living conditions.
150.Pope believes that urban planners should always take into consideration the views of people who live in the locations subject to the planning.
151.Common areas and landmarks should be protected. (The Pope demonstrates no understanding that such “should lists” are carried out in real life by bureaucratic regulation that stifles investment and economic growth, precisely what poor people anywhere need.)
152.The Pope condemns lack of housing in urban areas. At the same time he wants to attempt to preserve and “integrate” slums and run down areas through improvements. (The Pope’s focus, as throughout the entire Encyclical, is for government to do quite a few things, many of them contradictory. He is unaware that some of his goals could be reached by getting government out of the way and unleashing the markets he so distrusts.)
153.The Pope likes public transportation and does not like private cars in urban centers. Public transportation should be improved.
154.Life isn’t a bed of roses for those living in rural areas, even though the focus of the Pope is on urban dwellers.
155.Pope takes a swipe at the gender ideologues who pretend that “man” and “woman” are voluntary categories rather than facts of life. (Would that the Pope had written an encyclical on that subject!)
156.Human ecology is inseparable from the common good.
157.A nod to subsidiarity, especially in regard to the family, as promoting the common good.
158.Solidarity and preference for the poor along with a reference to the universal destination of the world’s goods. (When talked of globally, the universal destination of goods would require a dictatorial state of immense powers to take from the haves and give to the have nots.)
159.Remember the youth!
160.What type of world do we want to leave our kids? (A free one would be nice your Holiness.)
161.Don’t just sit there, panic!
162.Pope condemns individualism and selfishness. Help the poor. (Of course collectivist efforts, ostensibly for the poor, have produced both bad environments and immense poverty. In Argentina the dominant party, the Peronists, have sought to channel government power to help the poor for the past seven decades and produced vast corruption, immense slums, a stagnant economy and a vast bureaucracy. It seems that the Pope believes this type of effort will work next time if good hearted people are in charge.)
163.Now the Pope will tell us what to do about this mess, although he hasn’t been shy about giving out general suggestions prior to this part of the Encyclical.
164.One world with a common plan. (That sounds both ominous and impossible.)
165.Replace fossil fuels as soon as possible.
166.The ecological movement has met with limited success.
167.1992 Earth Summit goals have not been reached.
168.The Pope cites several international environmental conventions that he believes have been working.
169.Progress has not been made on climate change because some countries put national interest above global good. (As defined by whom?)
170.Make the gringo countries pay for cleaning up the mess.
171.The Pope condemns the carbon trading scam.
172.Poor countries need help in not being poor and in ecologically sound development. The gringo nations should pay to help them accomplish this.
173.Calls for some global authority to impose global regulations. This should be done by agreement among the nations of the Earth.
174.A global authority for the oceans.
175.A global authority to tame the nasty free markets.
176.Fairness within countries when it comes to improvements of the environment as well as between nations.
177.Ramp up the nanny states to impose rules for our own good.
178.Darn Democracy prevents imposition of necessary measures to improve the world.
179.A confused paragraph where the Pope rambles on about cooperatives, noble indigenous people, and an insistence on a ramping up of the regulatory state. (PopeWatch has no doubt that the Pope personally wrote every word of this paragraph, as it resonates with his stream of consciousness style when he goes off text.)
180.Economies must be transformed to conserve energy, modifying consumption, and the Pope continues with a laundry list of other things that he has zero chances of getting from economies short of gun point.
181.Darn Democracy prevents continuity of policies.
182.The Pope notes the problem of corruption in regard to environmental impact studies, even as he calls for an increase in regulation which will lead to more corruption. (The more power government officials have over businesses through regulations, the more they will bleed them for every cent that they can get. Coming from Argentina, the land of endless hands out by government officials for bribes, the Pope should know this.)
183.The Pope has a wishlist for environmental impact assessments that would effectively kill the creation of any new manufacturing, mining or energy businesses.
184.More of the same.
185.Questions the Pope wants asked before any new business is approved: “What will it accomplish? Why? Where? When? How? For whom? What are the risks? What are the costs? Who will pay those costs and how?” (The Pope, knowingly or unknowingly, wants to put civilization in stasis, a la Japan from the 17th-19th centuries. This is a terrible plan and its saving grace is that it is not possible on a global scale.)
186.Projects should be halted if they could pose great harm even if the science is uncertain.
187.The Pope notes that he is not opposed to all technological innovations. (Perhaps not, but that would be the result of this Encyclical if it is taken seriously outside of Catholic blog comboxes.)
188.The Pope understands that it is not easy to achieve consensus on certain environmental issues. (That assertion would be easier to swallow if the Encyclical were not such a stacked deck.)
189.More bashing of markets. (The Pope does not seem to view the love of money as the root of all evil, but rather the free investment of money.)
190.The environment must be saved no matter what it costs in money. (The Pope, in his hatred of markets, ignores that the most successful capitalist countries have the best environments. PopeWatch suspects that the Pope does truly believe that endless amounts of money can be conjured out of nothing.)
191.A decrease in production and consumption can lead to new forms of developments. (Yep, more of the slums like the ones the Pope used to visit in Buenos Aires.)
192.The Pope describes his ideal economy which has zero chance of realization.
193.Contain economic growth by setting “reasonable limits” (By whom?), and even retracing our steps. (If Pol Pot hadn’t kicked the bucket in 1998, PopeWatch would wonder if he had a hand in writing this section.)
194.The Pope wants a root and branch transformation on the economy away from profit. Once again, the Pope and Real World economics are not on speaking terms.
195.Those who think economies are about profits are wrong.
196.The Pope turns to politics.
197.A healthy politics agrees with what the Pope wants to do.
198.Politics and economics should cooperate. (Heavens no! Real disasters result when politicians and businessmen are singing from the same hymnal.)
We will conclude on Thursday.