by Katy Grimes, E&E Legal Senior Media Fellow
As Appearing in the Flash Point Report
Last week, Pope Francis called for a cultural revolution to correct what he calls the “structurally perverse” economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an “immense pile of filth.” Under the sub-heading “Climate as a common good,” he disparaged free market principles while indicating “global governance” as a solution to the politically created climate change crisis. The Pope also said that governments should redistribute wealth to the poor, advocating socialism, and he even gave communism a backhanded compliment.
Bishop Marcelo Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said it is the pope’s wish to directly influence next year’s crucial UN climate meeting in Paris, when countries will try to conclude 20 years of fraught negotiations with a universal commitment to reduce emissions.
Whenever I hear pontifications about the “common good,” I’m reminded of a quote by C.S.Lewis: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”