What is a shortcut to determine whether something is a very bad idea? See if the current Vatican is rushing to embrace it.
The social doctrine considers that a legitimate authority must be able to serve the common good at all relevant levels. Challenges like ecology, particularly climate change, human trafficking, energy, defence, regulation of the globalized economy cannot be dealt with by competing sovereign national states alone. The European Union is an example of what could become a supranational state with precise and limited sovereignty in matters of European common good.
The above is from the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, currently run by the Pope’s chum, Archbishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo. Sorondo has delivered in the past the following comments:
Q. Several Catholic intellectuals and media sources criticized your decision to collaborate with Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs on climate change, because of their positions on abortion and population control. Do you have any reply to these concerns?
S.S. The Tea Party and all those whose income derives from oil have criticized us, but not my superiors, who instead authorized me, and several of them participated.
Bishop Sorondo highlighted numerous points of agreement between the Holy See and Beijing, which “is defended the dignity of the person” following, more than other countries, the encyclical of Francisco “Laudato Si” on the care of the common home, placing himself between the most active advocates of the Cop21 agreement (the United Nations conference to limit the emission of gases that cause global warming). In this, he is assuming a moral leadership that others have left:
” The economy does not dominate politics, as in the United States , said by the Americans themselves. How is it possible that the oil multinationals manage (Donald) Trump? When, we know, that is doing wrong to the earth. According to the encyclical and according to what the scientists say. Liberal thought has liquidated the concept of the common good, they do not even want to take it into account, it affirms that it is an empty idea, without any interest. On the other hand, the Chinese do not propose work and the common good “.
Archbishop Sorondo went on in the interview to say that human-affected climate change was considered science. He added that the pope not only has the right but also the duty to rely on science in addition to doctrine and philosophy in seeking out truth.
If the pope expresses himself on such a subject, then this was not arbitrary, he said, as the pope’s words are not restricted to the area of ”doctrine of faith and morals.”
The pope makes use of the truths of science or philosophy to not only explain to man how to get to heaven, said the archbishop, but also what he must do on earth.
All human activities have to do with ethics, the Argentinean archbishop said, so they are already within the jurisdiction of the pope.
Archbishop Sorondo is a close adviser to Pope Francis and the Chancellor of both the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He has repeatedly welcomed pro-abortion and population control advocates to the Vatican for conferences under the pretext of the climate issue.
Last month, just before President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would pull out of the controversial Paris Climate Agreement, the archbishop likened climate ideology skeptics to flat-earthers as well.
Of course the Church does have some history behind this, other than the fact that lickspittle idiots like Sorondo too often oil their way into the upper ranks of the Church. The Church created the Holy Roman Empire and then spent the next thousand years fighting against it. When it comes to secular politics, the Church has no charism of infallibility, a conclusion thumpingly endorsed by the history of the Church.