Francis’ February Prayer Intentions Nearly as Bad as January’s February 8, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, Revolution, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
This month, instead of the promotion of religious indifference masquerading as “dialogue” and understanding, we get a lecture on environmentalism. Once again, no call to prayer, but demands to change one’s manner of living, or, perhaps, vote the “right” way. The ethos, the philosophy conveyed is thoroughly left-wing and overwhelmingly secular. We are to be “freed from the slavery of consumerism,” apparently, by embracing unspecified “care for the environment.” Otherwise, mother Gaia, the vengeful goddess, will smite us all in her hideous wrath:
I’m not sorry to say this, because it’s so obvious: this video, supposedly conveying prayer intentions!, has all the depth and impact of an Amnesty International commercial you’ve seen 400 times. It is stunning in its banality and ineffectiveness, stifling in its promotion of left-wing shibboleths.
I’m blogging on this, because it’s more than rhetoric, it’s a form of action, carefully communicating to the world a very much different image of the Church than what has been presented heretofore. There have certainly been prayer intentions from popes in the past few decades that were more worldly and less inspiring at times. But never such a naked advocacy of what amounts to a form of politicking. I think that’s what being pointed at here, because individual souls rarely have the ability to have a great deal of impact on environmental policy.
Sure, we can all recycle or ride a bike or a bus or whatever, but such will do very little to decrease, say, global CO2 output, if that were even a problem (and it’s not). Making a large impact on the environment typically requires governmental action, and I think that’s more than hinted at in the “prayer intention.” We all know which parties are associated with this kind of extreme concern over the state of the environment, and they are rarely the right wing ones. Voting for such parties is frequently viewed as the best kind of contribution an individual can make to such an ostensible global “crisis.”
Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but I don’t think the political dimension can be overlooked. I say this as someone who recycles more than anyone else on his street, by far, and who generally does have some concern over the responsibility we have towards the created gifts God has given us. My wife was an environmental engineer, for crying out loud. But this pseudo-prayer intention thing is really more progressive virtue signalling and moral posturing than anything else, to my mind.