Evil Pope Francis, Roman Catholicism, Ireland, and the Natural World:
The Blasphemy of Environmentalism Being a Violation of the First Commandment
By Joseph Andrew Settanni
For many centuries, for millenniums, human beings have made many false gods to worship. The ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and many others came up with various and sundry beings thought to be existing and ethereal or heavenly, prior to the Light of Christ.
After the old fads or fashions of the seeming godlike creatures of the imagination had come and gone, people still have kept their much older vain idols of power, money, sex and any ever plastic variant(s) of the Seven Deadly Sins as well. All are various efforts, nonetheless, at the active displacement, the vain rejection, of God with lesser things, with false gods.
However, it takes quite a percipient intellect to perceive correctly other such idols of the imagination, though generated ideologically; these run the wide gambit from nationalism, populism, and militarism all the way to more specific political ideologies (read: modern or postmodern idols) that have and do fascinate millions of folks. These fascinations do make an abomination of both moral order and truth.
Typical examples: Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Nazism, Anarchism, Feminism, Liberalism, Libertarianism, Conservatism, and other adult amusements of this nature either have and, of course, many still do strut their stuff on the stage of human action.
The backwards superstitious nature of both intellectuals and common people invite these more or less demons of the mind into human brains. There cannot be the fullness of Christianity, as needs to be said, where any of these mindsets actually predominate substantively human life.
Almost no one is exempt, especially due to the results of Original Sin, for humans, being mortals, are ever fallen creatures living in a fallen world, not earthly gods by any means. Thus, there is the natural consequence that resulting moral disorder, to varying degrees, rules the world; and, rarely does such spiritual “recidivism” breed much moral ignominy and shame among a truly jaded populace, as witness today’s Ireland.
Ideological Obfuscation Reveals Spiritual Decline
A much more contemporary anthropogenic god is surely Environmentalism, which has the true status of a worldwide “Green Cult” necessarily connected to it. Proof of this is seen in the existence of various Green Parties that seriously worship by also having published articles of faith qua actual party platforms. The real purpose of this broadly nihilistic movement is to help achieve the final destruction of Western civilization, which should be obvious by now, because it is, for better or worse, a remnant of what had been Christendom, of what Ireland had been.
When the covering veneer is finally rubbed off, there is the ultimate reality of the coherently vicious and deliberate attack upon Christianity itself, not the supposed so public targets of dirty air, land, or water. Furthermore, once this is cogently and cognizantly understood and keenly comprehended, furthermore, as to the full truth of the situation, then much else becomes quite abundantly clear.
This certainly includes the public conduct and open pronouncements of the current Supreme Pontiff who is, thus, notably obsessed by his assumed power to command the present and future course of Catholicism. Never let it be ignorantly doubted that he has made papal autocracy and despotism, sure abuses of the office, into a new art form. The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy, written by Marcantonio Colonna, makes this easily confident assertion and charge manifestly known to a candid world. The current holder of the Chair of St. Peter mainly thinks of himself as an Aaronic potentate.
Colonna provides, therefore, the useful details that extensively illustrate the true nature and character of someone integrally consumed by too many vengeful and aggressive, both egotistical and dictatorial, desires and energies. There is a demonic passion, an autocratic appetite, for much unlimited control and command of the often abused minions and others held at his cruel and malevolent disposal.
Meanwhile, one supposes that Evil Francis, after his death, will be referred to not as the saintly pope, the holy pope, or, perhaps, the pontiff who restored the pride of the Church as to religious achievement; he will probably be called, with justification galore, the Environmentalist pope who sought not the highly important salvation of souls, but to just absurdly “save” the world from itself. One hopes it will be said properly, meaning truthfully, that he acted guiltless and without shame, as he wrongfully had pursued a mere phantasm at the dishonorable expense of Catholicism undefended, of Catholic truth unguarded, of Ireland degraded.
Evil Pope Francis, indulging promiscuously in the ideological vices of the present-day world, has fully embraced the ludicrous ideology (read: religion or cult) of Environmentalism, which is, of course, an explicit violation of the First Commandment of the Decalogue. Mortal men, bizarrely thinking they have the power of God (or of a god), assume hubristically that they do, thus, have (what would be) the actual cosmic-scale power to really fundamentally change the (entire) climate of the whole world. Think about that.
Nothing less is essentially implied, for such is the assumed power, upon cogent reflection, equal to a major command over the whole metaphysical order itself. Puny Man, being a limited mortal creature, supposes that he has supremely conquered the forces of Nature itself to substantially control climate, no less, on a truly worldwide measure of magnitude. Idiocy empirically compounds such bold insanity, even on the part of a pope. And yet, this is still suspected to be a species of shameless idolatry.
There is, however, a tremendous absolute irony involved in this rather much too excessive belief. What is critically known is that the vast majority of those who believe this utter nonsense are atheists who, while denying the existence of God, have invented a God substitute called Environmentalism or, for others, more simply the (rather ancient) worship of Gaia, the Earth Mother. It gets hard, therefore, to totally avoid anthropomorphic terms for dealing with the implications and inferences simply too often involved; the immanentism existing in such beliefs is, therefore, rather too hard to hide.
Of course, these ideologists, these ardent worshippers, since every ideology is an ersatz religion, will just deny this obvious truth to placate their sophisticated sensibilities and to so more convincingly disguise the blatant lying involved. Metaphysical qualities are surely involved here because the attributes being, of course, attributed are well beyond what the mere natural sciences could or would indicate as having scientific validity rather than emotional content.
Such ideological obfuscation reveals serious degrees of spiritual decline, due to decadence, what C. E. M. Joad correctly stated as the loss of the object. Plainly put, anthropocentrism has, during the seen continued declension of Western thought, culture, and society, substantially replaced religious thoughts of theocentrism, making God, not Man, the proper measure of all things. And, for instance, the now dissolute bulk of the Irish people are, in fact, an empirical witness to this phenomenon.
As a consequence, both immanentism and nominalism cognitively run quite rampant and, thus, largely unchecked. Nihilism and the last pitiful stop of the then resulting insanity do so fashionably appear to rapaciously consume people and resources uselessly then wasted by base hubris and sheer vanity, if nothing else. Instead of religiously condemning these heathens who worship a false god, Evil Pope Francis willingly encourages them and supports their obnoxious delusions of having Godlike powers, while they, the Gaia lovers, are ever simultaneously denying the existence of God. What really goes on here?
An ironic claim of tremendous metaphysical power needed for logically effectuating a fantastic result, having literally a comprehensive physical-planetary affect of a titanic scale of endeavor is so proposed: Manmade climate change/global warming, or whatever the next cheap canard/ euphemism may, in fact, be. For this sophisticated garbage gets preached into an often subjective intellectualist-driven vacuum where crude existentialism and phenomenology have, usually, replaced theology and religion, where valueless values and situation ethics do compete for active attention.
And, this exists at the same time that a Supreme Being who would, obviously, have such inordinate power is being always explicitly or implicitly denied as ever having a real existence. Guided by gross mythological, superstitious, and magical thinking, such is part of the metaphysical insanity involved in Gaia worship and, moreover, by whatever (convenient) euphemism conceivable.
Therefore, it is cognitively manifest that Environmentalism deliberately violates sacred religion, logic, right reason, true science, and classical Natural Law teachings, as well as just plain common sense. Though correctly perceived by very few people, the unfortunate kind of deranged thinking displayed is, therefore, fully illustrative of the absurd myth, magic, and superstition so prevalent in modernity and, consequently, postmodernity.1
What is the surface cause for the overall situation confronted? The “Enlightened” Westerners, over the centuries, never do tire of inventing improbable rationalizations for adopting/adapting forms of Oriental mysticism, as pseudo-valid substitutes for genuine thought, regarding their own assumed sophisticated needs or, alternately, crazy fashions, mental fixations. The so deeper underlying cause, philosophically understood, is nominalism; however, the latent metaphysical-spiritual root cause is, as always, actually Original Sin.
Put just rather prosaically, sin, going back to its highly indicative origins, is the seemingly eternally vain human attempt to try to “second guess” the Lord God Almighty, which ever ends in failure and without having profound repentance for mortal sin, everlasting damnation as well. What sadly dominates the Western world is, therefore, symptomatic of the kind of ruthless ideological obfuscation that comes to reveal the marked spiritual decline of an apostate sociocultural order that rationalizes atheism as being sophistication because, unadmittedly, its parlous “values” have become increasingly valueless. And, often unseen, this has had truly deleterious consequences and such a fact can be as well readily illustrated and rather openly expatiated.
The speculations of the Enviro faith are unreal in that, as the scientific facts show, one supervolcano’s great explosion spews more pollution into the atmosphere than all mere human pollution production of the past 5,000 years combined. Obviously, the gigantic “efforts” or doings of Nature always far, far surpass the relatively infinitesimal, fairly miniscule, activities of all the mere human beings on this quite old planet, even in Ireland.
The Enviro belief system is, therefore, preposterous and absurd, ridiculous and ludicrous, to the nth degree, especially whenever logically compared to the terrifically grandiose aspects of Nature itself; therefore, any such attempts at anthropomorphic projections are just instances of ridiculous nonsense and vainly absurd impostures. There have been people who, e. g., seriously had written about the emotional impact suffered by Gaia as to attempts (by this Mother Nature by another name) to seek to cleanse or repair herself of manmade damage. Get real!
The fact that Evil Francis, having a severely defective religious faith, openly lends his papal authority and prestige to such overt nonsense ought to be both cognitively and morally shocking; he really needs to be reprehensively held in a deserved contempt for his idiotically spewing out such quite blatant baloney and garish gibberish, as if it were all just simply Gospel truth. The Enviro faith or ideology represents scientism, the parody of real science, which can be empirically understood through the many, many wrong Enviro predictions made, by now actually, some generations ago.2
As far as may be understood, an inverted theology is what Evil Francis operates by, instead of following the theological need to know, love, and serve God as the three primary considerations; he so prefers, instead, to know, love, and serve the world qua the planet, which is overtly seen, of course, by his truly strong support for the anthropocentric cause of Environmentalism. If he continues on the course that has been set, one suspects that soon enough, moreover, such quite adamantly pro-Gaia teachings will logically become a part of the Roman Catholic catechism itself. This is if, of course, he should have his way in such matters.
From an orthodox Catholic standpoint, this anthropocentric orientation, meant to achieve an earth-worshipping goal, is highly disturbing and surely unfortunate, to say the least. The focus of Catholicism, in his hands, will be, thus, drawn further and further improperly away from correct theocentric views and, even more so, from definitely appropriate Christocentric concerns and devotion.
The resulting “reformed” Catholic faith will be deformed significantly as such Enviro matters and issues, causes and efforts, come to increasingly dominate Papal attitudes, as they most evidently have. All of this is notably troubling to those who may wish to ever sincerely retain and staunchly defend traditional and orthodox dogmas, doctrines, and beliefs, the true sensus Catholicus, which has been substantially lost to the Irish and others. In any event, the current head of the Church has taken the faithful on a journey toward the deification of the earth and its presumed needs that must deflate and dethrone the true rights, honor, and glory only really belonging to the Supreme Lord Almighty, not this planet as a material object in outer space.
Thus, what has been actually going on needs to be properly perceived as an orchestrated part of his intentional revolution to transform permanently Catholic thinking and teaching. It is very important, therefore, not to see what is happening in isolation from his overall designs done contrary to the actual Catholic Faith. Fortunately, there is a kind of built-in opposition.
The three main pillars of the faith, meaning Magisterium, Tradition, and Scripture, are opposed strongly to this wayward course being chosen by this often unrecognized or unacknowledged heretic in the Chair of St. Peter. Rather than being devoutly cognizant of and trying to fulfill the will of God, he shamelessly toys with vain trifles instead and, thus, justifiably earns the righteous and holy contempt of the Supreme Lord Almighty. How dare he, in his squalid, idolatrous defense of Gaia, dare to offend the Most High God!
Why does this happen? One definitely major reason why the bizarre hijinks of the Holy Father are not so resoundingly condemned, in a massive manner, is the significantly enormous lack of proper Catholic catechesis that exists that, in turn, dilutes so greatly once requisite religious and theological teachings. Fundamental Ignorance, therefore, among the vast majority of both the laity and clerisy is viewed, over the last 60 years at least, as simply being quite normal.
This noted real condition of what ought to be seen as a basic lack of knowledge, unfortunately, is not really going to change any time soon. Many ignorant Catholics and others aid Evil Pope Francis in his malevolent efforts at duplicity, being that, among other things, he is a covert Freemason and, thus, hates Christianity in general, meaning (orthodox) Catholicism in particular. He, thus, takes a subversive and traitorous attitude toward the Most Holy Faith, in seeing it to be quite unprogressive and clearly unenlightened. As many commentators have noticed, heresies, due to this pontificate, are freely allowed to spread unchallenged.
Yet, one may ask, why is there any real sense of urgency? Modern men admittedly, of course, do not think about such things with any regular intensity of thought, however, every heresy is an attempt to spit at or upon the face of the Lord God Almighty. It is not just too dumbly presumptuous, it is more so blasphemous on the obvious level of a mortal sin. When examined critically as to what has become encompassed under the papal purview, as to the deeper principles involved, what openly comes forth demonstrates the very sinister resolve that surely actuates the supreme leader, the chief authority, of Vatican City. Nothing less is implied.
This spiritually benighted man from the New World, from Latin America, wants to then bring his squalid and regurgitated version of “Enlightenment” both to the oblivious Church and its so equally unwitting people, the faithful. Of course, he has been highly successful in his morally terrible endeavors, which can be judged by the popular adulation shown toward him and, moreover, the tremendous praise normally given by the adoring mass media. But, perhaps, one might intelligently inquire, why is this special or intensive concern expressed?
It is a dangerous situation for Catholicism, not just for the Pope’s soul. Most Catholics do seem to be mainly indifferent, however, to the absurd machinations that create an inverse kind of theology that distorts truth inconsiderately as it corrupts an understanding of reality as well. No doubt, he truly exists as a mediagenic personality on a worldwide scale of notability who, more to the indicative point, blandly anticipates his own future canonization. Nonetheless, much more can here be, importantly and right pointedly, said to then reveal the greater depth of the spiritually deadly depravity involved, meaning in his necessarily evil efforts at promoting a rather slimy sort of ecclesial subversion, a form or kind of Protestant Revolution, though not called as such.
Analogously, as to a revolutionary fervor, what is often not clearly recognized is that behind the shrewd façade of the worship of Nature lies the demonic illusion that an absolute freedom, Utopia, can be truly obtained on earth through passionate belief in the Enviro movement’s ideology. But, this rather notably absurd attitude cannot take hold unless there is spiritual rot and decay in people, which the Supreme Pontiff wishes to grasp at and hold of for nefarious purposes, not fighting for (orthodox) Catholicism.
What comes to substantially effectuate the predilection toward succumbing to the effects of Original Sin, by the human orientation toward sinning, is explained sufficiently by two significant terms that are not normally found in a person’s typical vocabulary: Nominalism and Immanentism. Why is this really extremely important to better know and profoundly comprehend? To properly and intelligently get to the horrid depths of the true meanings of modernity and postmodernity in cognition, one must grasp both the correct denotations and allied connotations involved in such sagely requisite comprehension. To the point being made, ignorance is not bliss, for the accurate interpretation of the thoughts and actions of the Holy Father is felt to be needed.
It is rationally contended that basic knowledge can be readily gained, by citing these matters, and that they ought not to be simply ignored or ignorantly avoided when trying to gain a fundamental sagacity as to universal phenomena. However, as a logical qualification, it should never be carried to the extreme, as when some sociologists come to think that literally everything pertaining to humanity can be reduced to or explained by either referring to Gemeinschaft (Community) or Gesellschaft (Society).
The particular concern here, one rightly suspects, is with truly major and formative errors in thought of an original nature that do handily facilitate attitudes favoring sin or necessarily lead to the wrong path of choosing to sin, so inclusive, certainly, of all heresies by whatever names. Below will be rendered a reiteration of the terminology, therefore, to specifically reinforce the interpretation vitally intended. The former (Nominalism), more plainly put, is philosophically behind all of relativism, subjectivism, and such things, e. g., as situation ethics and value-neutral morals; the latter (Immanentism) seeks various substitutes, often very aggressively (Communism, Nazism, etc.) for a New Eden or Utopia on earth, and most usually by whatever intramundane euphemisms might be available. It is the same, of course, with Environmentalism and, thus, the Holy Father’s overt and clever, so manifest and cunning, usage thereof.
Spiritual Corruption Breeds Moral Decay
His vile slyness has been mainly subtle, as in pouring new wine into bottles still cleverly labelled as being old; for on the surface of events, one must understand, nothing fundamental seems to be changing but underneath the intended revolution proceeds largely unchecked, and he so certainly knows it. The bold confidence he publicly exudes is greatly affirmative of his evident egotistical attitude and how he then regularly runs roughshod over his largely outwitted and often seemingly befuddled opponents.
The increasingly vehement pronouncements made, by him, on the falsely contended “climate change” crisis reveals a desire to supposedly achieve the salvation of the planet, not of immortal souls, which is, in fact, his true major task as the Catholic Pontiff. His focused orientation is toward Environmentalism, not the promotion of needed (orthodox) Catholicism, as ought to be so fairly obvious by now.
And yet, what is essentially the awful foundation of this Holy Father’s beliefs, of this Aaronic potentate’s whims? One cannot truly favor any notion of perfectionism on earth regarding the saving of the planet, however, unless there is the denial of Original Sin that forces a Catholic to know that humans are fallen creatures living in an equally fallen world. But, such is not any merely “odd” theological guess.
Even such pre-Christian pagans as Aristotle had figured out, through applying natural reason, that an initial perfection (what Christians refers to as the original Creation before the Fall of Adam and Eve) had existed in the past. Presumably, the Vicar of Christ on earth, of all people, is obviously aware of the physical inability to strive toward any actual perfectionism, meaning utopianism, on this planet.
Therefore, his certainly ardent predilection is not simply toward any crude kind of vain nature worship; something much deeper is, thus, surely involved, meaning as to the heretical undertones and overtones present. And, as always with men obsessed with power, not even simply vanity should be discounted or overlooked as to possibly mixed motivations.
But, the perceived basis of the terrible heretical thoughts of Evil Francis resides is his rather strident neo-Pelagianism, which exalts the drive toward faith in perfectionism; this is, of course, through observed material means such as the terrene honoring of Mother Earth, as advanced by his both enthusiastic and adamant support of the Enviro Movement. And, moreover, this can be so publicly perceived by objective observers; it is not, therefore, an idly or merely proffered exaggeration of any kind or degree.
Regarding the subject of religion, he will help to make sure that, for instance, pastoral practice keeps liberalizing to accommodate what will become the doctrinal changes down the line; these are to be implemented by willing clergy both in and out of the theologically and, thus, also religiously corrupt hierarchy. Such as is seen, of course, in contemporary Ireland being, thus, as a true case-in-point.
The steady and certainly immoral dilution of virtuous Catholic truth is, therefore, the noted general goal involved in theologically geared obfuscations. On the mere vagrant surface of things, his many Enviro pronouncements may seem to be simply innocuous or technically harmless, until there is revealed, upon critical analysis, the malign maliciousness underneath. There is now manifestly seen, moreover, to be a clear method and cunning orientation to his apparent madness.3
Without the added enormous secularist success of the rise and spread of the demonic Culture of Death, however, mankind would not be so desperate to find ready God substitutes to make up for the lack of a centering and purpose for human life. The Christian purpose to know, love, and serve the Lord God has been crudely replaced, in the minds of many, with such idols as Environmentalism and its implications and related ramifications supporting a materialist and, thus, often also hedonist culture.
This easy conclusion need not be doubted, especially when prefaced upon the evident success of the worldwide fanaticism of the movement to supposedly fight global warming, now more popularly called “climate change” to keep it fashionable. These beliefs do easily celebrate a fundamentally materialistic or naturalistic attitude toward a plain reality, though mitigated, admittedly so, by sometimes directing attention toward the Earth Mother and its imagery, as a “religious” sort of ersatz emotional and psychological compensation for the committed believers, for the earth cultists.
The vile disintegration, compartmentalization, and epic fragmentation of Western society and culture, furthermore, assists the current Pontiff because he often enjoys speaking into the resulting vacuum created by the spiritually enervating degeneracy and debauchery encouraged by the Culture of Death. Thus, Francis’ greatly harmful impact would be, one suspects, considerably lessened if the civilization itself were not, as a strange complementary sort of convenience, rotting away simultaneously during the course of his nominalist pronouncements. Is it, perhaps, his own ironic way of blithely cheering on the ongoing enormous disaster?
Contemporary Ireland may be given as an apt illustration of the success of relativism, subjectivism, in moral and spiritual matters that no longer can be fought against by Catholic teachings since a liberalized Catholicism has become, notably, disrespected and for good reason. The projected visit to the Emerald Isle by Evil Francis, in August of this year, reminds informed intellects of the suitable parable about the blind leading the blind. And yet, for better explication, how is this presented understanding critically meant?
The extreme spiritual vacuousness, on the whole, of the expected papal advice to the Irish will greet and meet the emptiness of the lives of millions who seem to faithlessly seek faith, who may cling ignorantly to the mere semblance of a religion absurdly fading into pietistic dust. But, Jesus openly stated that His Kingdom was of the living (those living by, in, and through Christ), not the dead, for those who remain in mortal sin have dead souls. What, consequently, may be expected?
To keen observers of such things, the odd effort by Francis will, certainly, exemplify his imaginings of what “positive” contributions could be made, by him, as to the overall self-celebration of the presence of the Holy Father as a kind of demented pop star ever seeking fame, not the Vicar of Christ on earth.
The hope that Ireland genuinely needs cannot be expected from someone who both, as may be so apparent, overestimates his relative abilities and excessively underestimates the profound gravity of matters severely afflicting the hierarchy of Holy Mother Church and the faithful as well; thus, again, the blind leading the blind. He needs, therefore, to greatly and urgently seek the true Light of Christ, not vain comforts toward possibly better assuring his terrene popularity.
The Great Saint for the Poor and Nature
There is an example of the proper Catholic attitude toward the natural world that is very appropriately exemplified by the Holy Father’s chosen namesake: St. Francis of Assisi. He learned to lovingly bless and praise God’s creation, all of it, the flora, the fauna, the earth, the sun, etc. The daring Francis, God’s holy Troubadour of Assisi, wondrously sang of all the glory of the Lord’s doings, though never in the manner of today’s earth-hugging fetishists. He knew that Christians are only in the world, but not of the world.
Among the most admired and beloved of all Catholic saints, Francis of Assisi is, usually, wrongly seen today as a rather flamboyant kind of supposed pantheistic proto-hippie or early environmentalist. The typically popular abstractionizations of him are mawkishly boorish to the nth degree. What needs to be better correctly known, however, is that the life of this saint must be appropriately placed into the older context of medieval tradition; all vain modernist types of explanations of his beliefs do solely then create absurd anachronistic interpretations that, necessarily, absurdly places such thought out of its own appropriate historical setting, its actual milieu.
It is truly accurate, therefore, to rightly argue that Francis’ ideas can only be properly understood in their 13th-century European context and not otherwise. Why is this to be so strongly asseverated? All else supports the fallacy of historicism by absurdly reading backwards into history, which would distort the beliefs and doings of the poor man of Assisi, one of the greatest saints of Christendom.
If one were to do a close analysis of Francis’ writings, in particular, the Laudes Creaturarum or Canticle of the Sun, it would be noticed that the holy man expresses the Christian viewpoint across many of his beliefs concerning the right relation of humanity to the natural world; thus, they, these expressions, have their religious backgrounds of thought situated solidly in both good scripture and, of course, the medieval monastic orders and tradition that, naturally, had colored his cognate theocentric view of the world; it could not be otherwise since he was, definitely, not any kind of proto-flower child of his age.
Furthermore, upon closer analysis, other of his ideas and practices, which do lovingly encompass his nature mysticism, his particular concept of attributing familial relationships with all of God’s created things, and his associated extension of the then present chivalric conceptions that were transferred to connections with creatures, are, thus, completely Francis’ own special modalities of thought. He must have already, one logically assumes, knew that Catholicism offers human beings the true path toward needed holiness.
By personalizing reality (Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother Fire, Sister Water, and even Sister Death), he also incorporated the spiritualization of a romantic chivalry, in accordance with the religious teachings of Catholicism, to make his special poetry, also, sing of the Grace of God; this was to help people more intimately come to realize how all of creation fully manifests the Lord’s love for His creatures and, thus, to shorten the wide distance, in a sense, between the higher metaphysical order and the lower physical order of this world. How can this thinking, if possible, be philosophically approached better?
It is logically necessary, as to the points being critically made here, that one must intelligently perceive Francis in proper terms of the Western traditions which were of his own concrete background. He, thus, ought not to be semantically transformed into a proto-hippie, imbued with “flower power,” who just happened to be living during the Middle Ages. Such an odd creature, be easily assured, was not Francis, the hero and champion of genuine Christian humility, who said he chivalrously courted “Lady Poverty.”
Nonetheless, the ardent Franciscan synthesis created the true originality of this extraordinary saint and, more to the point, the definitely continued relevance of his clearly Christian-oriented thought to any contemporary religious and environmental concerns. In the eyes of Francis, all of Creation is always a miracle and manifests God’s true love for the human creatures who are cognizant enough as sensate beings to recognize this magnificent reality. And, regardless, through both the horrendous depths of the foulest adversity or the very heights of the greatest joy, it is, thus, always important to praise the Lord.
However, there is yet another component of his originality directed toward nature that often remains unfortunately unnoticed. Francis sought to place the requisite emphasis on the divine presence of God that needed to be properly seen in the wondrous diversity of created beings, and His loving desire that humans should exult in this diversity and, moreover, seek to then adoringly glorify God for it and with it. As a direct result, people are to conform themselves in ways and manners appropriately consistent with having respect for all creation and all creatures. For all things are, of course, existing reminders of the Lord God’s creation and love noted within the Christian context of such unique thought.
This notable aspect of Franciscan cognition consisted of praising the Lord Almighty through the diversity of the many, many created species, the abundance of life reflecting then the abundance of the Supreme Being’s Grace. Francis, thus, easily articulated this attitude as being always a manifestly life-affirming, creation-affirming joy; this was meant to certainly prevent such thinking from being dumbly reduced whereby everything ends up as just a pantheistic kind of homogeneous unity.
Instead, God is to be forever celebrated and glorified in each of the created beings and humans should be delighted in noticing their wondrous individuality and distinctness, which hailed and proclaimed the ever greater glory of the Lord and His benevolent Providence. Why is this important to know for better understanding Franciscan thought? It justifiably needs to be then perceived that all of creation, in its many diverse parts and as a presented whole, was meant to help lead people to God. The theocentric creation is necessarily part of the highly interrelated theocentric universe and, moreover, not properly seen otherwise.
Francis, therefore, lovingly proclaimed publicly a sacramental understanding of creation. If God’s grace is naturally facilitated to people through such earthly features such as water, wine, bread, and oil, why cannot it also be as acknowledged, in an analogous manner, from any creature? The holy man of Assisi had logically insisted that matter is holy because (if for no other reason) God had created it.
Also, one ought to importantly note that creation itself became incarnated by the existence, birth, and life on earth of Jesus Christ, and He was, thus, raised from death, and took that created human body to Heaven with Him in his Ascension. Can the matter (the body) and the matter of what has been said be made more plainly clear?
Thus, Francis, it is eminently proper to state, perceived the entire world as a sacrament so intimately involved with receiving God through every material reality of creation. And, all of the above detailed understanding then reveals the utter blasphemy of Pope Francis with his own nasty Enviro obsession. Moreover, there is no real need to urgently seek out exotic Oriental mysticism(s) as a supposed better guide toward deeper meanings of having oneness with truth and nature, while people are still perfectly free to embrace Franciscan mysticism. This means the profoundly Catholic spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, not the bizarre and absurd doings of his current would-be namesake, of course.
With all of the above article’s argumentation and reasoning kept in mind, one can, therefore, perceive now more clearly why the open blasphemy of Environmentalism exists as being a true violation of the First Commandment; sadly, this terrible defilement of the First Commandment is both willingly and deliberately being promoted by no less a personage than the current Vicar of Christ on earth, Evil Pope Francis, the blatant hypocrite Al Gore’s Enviro hero.
As one may guess, his pronounced pejorative sobriquet of “Evil” is, thus, so well deserved and without rational question, for his directly offending Almighty God. For extremely worse, of course, than any material poverty is the Pope’s revealed spiritual poverty that, unfortunately, corrupts his soul and mind. Important reading, cited again, would be such greatly revealing volumes as The Dictator Pope: The Inside Story of the Francis Papacy by Marcantonio Colonna, of course.
One can and should pray that the Holy Father immediately cease his offensive ways, repent profoundly his many mortal sins, and turn away from the evil worship of idols, and seek instead the liberating Light of Christ before it is too late; he cannot, one guesses, live too many years longer. Repentance is a virtue often overlooked. Such a truism is true, nonetheless, precisely because it is platitudinous. Thus, what needs to be better known?
As human beings lose touch with the metaphysical reality of their lives, they impose upon themselves efforts to transform or, rather, transmute the material reality of Nature into a metaphysical substitute to heal the vacuum often more unconsciously felt upon their souls. Part of the then existing extremely bizarre evidence for this contention is how many do call themselves spiritual but would yet deny being religious. A spiritual vacuum exist, nonetheless.
Their crippled beingness, as to an unknowing perception of it, wishes to be entirely self-contained as if there were no metaphysical order, except in a carefully circumscribed sense of a vague spirituality, as to an unrecognized void in their own lives. Indifference shown to both theology and religion, as to fairly structured cognitive matters, adds to the emotional and psychological misperception of a wholeness that is just not quite there. Much victimization can, as yet another factor to consider, be self-inflicted; it is often part of the human environment.
A Need for Light, not Darkness
This lack of a much needed spiritual wholeness, a crippling desperation, is seen vividly in those who commit suicide, those who need comfort animals (read: organic crutches) for PTSD, or those who have abortions and do not ever seek intensely to repent for forgiveness’ sake. Humans too commonly deal with externalities as to analytics done about problems, not harm that was done to a person’s soul as to their spirit within them; thus, the exhibited mental PTSD is an outward reflection only of the true and great inner turmoil existing. The mere symptom (PTSD) is dealt with, not the true and controlling cause.
Thus, they and others are relatively ignorant of a vacuousness parading as a kind of ersatz profundity lacking depth but having a so parlous “sustainable” sense of moral or ethical possession concerning the beliefs held as to troubles. Thinking that being adjusted to the world, helped by crutches, or even partly “spiritual” is, for many, somewhat higher in a scale of endeavor, yet, unable to actually grasp sufficiently what such an advanced essence of truth might possibly be. Human beings without enough faith in God tend to walk in darkness, much more than they know.
The seeming conundrum that traps their minds and souls usually allows them to freely accept, e. g., a ying-yang philosophy (or any equivalent), but they cannot really encompass such as thing as, for instance, the Big Bang, which scientists say started the whole universe in its creation, though with the typical caveat of not mentioning God. Better for them to try to understand what or, rather, Who provoked the Big Bang, rather than caring anything about the endlessly circular and mythic ying-yang.
During the last several centuries, notably marked by two world wars, Nazi and Communist death camps, numerous genocides, and much else, a debased mankind has substantially replaced the theocentric with an anthropocentric or secularist point of view; and, the surely horrid consequences have been, for truly sentient minds, rather quite obvious. Ignorance of the Holy Ghost has made millions quite afraid of the ghosts of their own conjurings, of their own imaginations; and, it has to be so.
It does not take a genius to recognize the obvious fact that the staunch laicist repudiation and denial of any metaphysical order has not, to put the matter so mildly, been that highly beneficial for human life on this planet. No New Eden, Utopia, has ever arrived. But, more, much more, is involved, especially regarding Gaia worship (by whatever euphemism). However, what is here critically meant?
Worst of all the features, the Enviro Movement, as with all the idols of modernity and postmodernity, lacks any real sense of humility; its ruthless precepts, backed by blatant human hubris, are to be ever axiomatically unquestioned dogmas sterner than any religion with an inflexible creed that makes the Apostles Creed pale into insignificance in comparison. The hardened fanaticism of the fashionable belief in Global Warming, now intellectually denominated (more amorphously) Climate Change, must be believed in under the so abusive penalty of often gross social, political, or, especially, severe cultural ostracism and denunciation.
This contemptible ersatz religion without God has wrongly deified the earth; more explicitly, this is in the wildly absurd process of ignoring and eviscerating any sense of requisite metaphysical order above and certainly beyond only mere physical order, even concerning any mere planet, of course. What has occurred is a positivist kind of rationalization aided by pragmatic attitudes fostering credulity where none is either scientifically or otherwise warranted. And, how should this be better understood?
A pious secularist attitude has, therefore, easily made this supremely materialist mindset much more generally acceptable and feasible over the course of time, as Western civilization rots and decay further, in the debauched presence of a highly bemused populace with its ugly and jaded values. In short, there is a practical atheism demonstrated, if not always a supposed “official” doctrine being present.
Waves of pragmatism, positivism, and materialism come to so support each other’s demonic efforts; this is as relativism or subjectivism is, moreover, simply rationalized into being transformed into the new version of projected objective thought, where the true Lord God Almighty, of course, has no reasonable place at all to realistically exist. A fairly reasonable question, for inquiring minds, ought to here arise, of course.
How does this repetitive cognitive trick succeed? After publicly and loudly kicking out (the Christian) God from the proverbial front door, the then silent reification of materialism allows an adulterated metaphysics surreptitiously through the back door. This was so clearly why, for instance, Friedrich Nietzsche, a herald of postmodernity, had such enormous contempt for the 19th century Liberals who refused to see the logical direction toward which their almost totally covert atheism must lead: Nihilism. Good insightful reading would, most undoubtedly, include Fr. Vincent Miceli’s The Gods of Atheism.
The adamant and progressive denial of God’s existence has hardly ushered into existence any New Eden or Utopia, whether Communist or otherwise; and yet, many people are still terribly shocked when hell on earth, seen vividly in Venezuela and elsewhere, arrives instead. Ideas have consequences as does the shameless rejection of the Supreme Being and His dominion. In any event, a suffering humanity, clearly reflecting the human condition, spiritually needs much more than just useless Gaia worship.
Basically speaking, the plain choice is to beg sincerely and profoundly for the Lord’s justice and mercy or, on the other hand, to blandly accept, more or less, Satan’s malicious plan for mankind: wars, genocides, enslavements, massacres, terrorist attacks, fanatics, idol worshippers, etc., meaning, of course, business as usual. Why must this be so?
Human priorities, as ever, are morally warped, inside out and upside down, because what is needed first is the healing of the human spirit before any possible healing of the planet, so to speak, could possibly occur. As it must be for all or any idol worshipping, including when or if done by popes, proper means and ends, true causes and effects, necessarily get confused and confounded. The requisite religious or, better yet, theocentric orientation of thought recommended in this writing, which builds cultures and civilizations as Christopher Dawson knew so well, gets so often dismissed peremptorily, excluded imperiously, these days.4
The Enviro attitude is, at most, a means, not an end in and of itself. Humans are to first seek God and His Kingdom and then all things will be set aright. Prior to that most fundamental realization, there is only the current general moral chaos and vacuous thinking with the awaiting Nietzschean Dark Abyss, nihilistically also provoked, in this era, by the regnant Culture of Death.5
Mortal creatures, dominated so often by their evil fascinations, whether ideological or otherwise, do tend to seek sowing the excitement of the wind only to be so oddly surprised to reap the ugly whorl wind of baleful consequences, as, e. g., the French Revolution had, logically and necessarily, unleashed The Terror.
Only the liberating Light of Christ, rejected strongly by most of the world, can fight off the naturalist-humanist compulsion of sinfully verging toward the Dark Abyss. And today, furthermore, any sense of a true peace on earth, even with all of Environmentalism’s intentions, seems much further away than ever before imagined.
Only the orthodox teachings, dogmas, and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Faith, the sensus fidei, can come to save the people of this world, meaning if there would ever be a genuine acceptance, from a quite well-deserved annihilation; this relates, for instance, to the vainly secularized world’s sinful birth dearth as it still increases in its ferocious intensity. Q. E. D.
Athanasius contra mundum!
1.) This critical point, for better understanding modernity and postmodernity, is elaborated upon; see: https://callthepatriot.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/myth-magic-islamic-state-and-roman-catholicisms-greatness/
2.) A very tiny sampling here of relevant citations would include: http://www.aei.org/publication/18-spectacularly-wrong-apocalyptic-predictions-made-around-the-time-of-the-first-earth-day-in-1970-expect-more-this-year-2/; http://thefederalist.com/2015/04/24/seven-big-failed-environmentalist-predictions/; https://www.chess.com/forum/view/off-topic/seven-big-failed-environmentalist-predictions; http://dailycaller.com/2016/04/22/7-enviro-predictions-from-earth-day-1970-that-were-just-dead-wrong/; https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/02/16/climate-alarmists-botch-yet-another-prediction/;https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/18888-embarrassing-predictions-haunt-the-global-warming-industry; and, also, one could as well easily take note of: https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/18888-embarrassing-predictions-haunt-the-global-warming-industry; http://www.freedomworks.org/content/13-worst-predictions-made-earth-day-1970
3.) It is important to remember that Evil Francis, as to his election as the now reigning Holy Father, did not just happen by accident. The demonic groundwork for the radicalization of the Church was, in fact, first explicitly laid by the pope called, during his pontificate (for good reason), the Church’s first “Maoist Pope,” John XXIII. Insanely, he’s even been made a venerable Catholic saint! His Vatican II revolution, the supposed “Enlightenment Era” of the ecclesial establishment, still sadly continues today.
Fortunately, for Catholic orthodoxy and tradition, Francis will be the very last of the radicalized clergy, who had been, in fact, a contemporary of that rather horrid council, to become the worldwide leader of the Church. He will be, thankfully, the very last of such radical epigones, the simply final theologaster of his putrid kind.
Compare the current Holy Father to St. Francis of Assisi; the latter, when in the presence of a sultan, made that infidel say that if all Christians were like Francis, he would feel compelled to convert; the present occupant of the Chair of St. Peter, in sharp contrast, should only inspire a much deserved cold contempt.
Any truly moral pope, cognizant of his great holy mandate to help strive toward the important salvation of souls, and knowing about the ongoing crisis in the Church and the notable moral-spiritual destruction of Western civilization itself, would not be wrongly wasting any of his valuable time, energy, and effort defending, of all things, the highly secularist Enviro Movement. It is an absurdly attempted kind of God substitute, though often, unfortunately, unrecognized as being such.
This strange Holder of the Keys of St. Peter, also, has his peculiar priorities; instead of seeking to call forth a new “Charles Martel” as the champion of Christendom, he embraces willingly the enemies of Christ, which furthers their evil cause. And yet, he presumably wonders in amazement why so many Moslems still want to murder him, while doing a great deal to then deliberately alienate and ostracize orthodox Roman Catholics. Thus, without question, he is to be so rightly known as being: Evil Pope Francis.
5.) Useful reading, in logical support of this present article, would certainly include the following: https://callthepatriot.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/theology-and-ontology-roman-catholic-reflections-on-ontological-theology/; https://callthepatriot.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/as-ireland-passes-into-the-nietzschean-dark-abyss/; https://callthepatriot.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/evil-pope-francis-vs-ad-maiorem-dei/; https://callthepatriot.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/against-evil-pope-francis-catholicism-is-essentially-a-miraculous-invisible-faith-defiant/; https://callthepatriot.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/pope-francis-another-cultic-papacy-arises/