Posted Friday morning, December 30, 2016.
As the folks at the Daily Edge point out, it’s an “awkward moment when the Pope is 800 years more scientifically advanced than America’s ruling party.”
Pope Francis: "Never been such a clear need for science" to protect the planet. https://t.co/f3D2Htjd6y— Michiko Kakutani (@michikokakutani) December 29, 2016
“It is worth noting that international politics has reacted weakly — albeit with some praiseworthy exceptions — regarding the concrete will to seek the common good and universal goods, and the ease with which well-founded scientific opinion about the state of our planet is disregarded,” the pontiff said, according to a translation provided by the Vatican. He added that the “‘distraction’ or delay” in implementing global agreements on the environment demonstrates how politics have become submissive “to a technology and an economy which seek profit above all else.”
Won’t it be ironic if we liberals wind up looking to Francis for leadership in the fight against the rising tide of Trumpism here and in Europe?
This is the rare case when clicking on the tweet will take you straight to the article and not over to Twitter, but if you want to get to Brady Dennis’ story the conventional way, follow the link to Pope Francis: “Never been such a clear need for science” to protect the planet at the Washington Post
Meanwhile, New York’s own Cardinal Dolan has agreed to say a prayer and read a little scripture at the inauguration. Well, he would. And I guess somebody has to be on hand to pray for a miracle. But I Dolan has criticized our Know-Nothing President-elect’s xenophobia before and I pray he’s gutsy enough to do it again right there on the podium by quoting this passage from scripture, Matthew 25: 31-40:
“When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me….’”
Matthew 6: 19-21 would also be appropriate, I think:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also…”
I know. Like I said. Praying for a miracle.