Pope Francis, get thee some knowledge or shut up

Pope Francis is shooting his mouth off so ignorantly lately it’s no longer blasphemous to point out that he is unqualified to be commenting on economic or scientific issues or politics. John Hinderaker at Powerline Blog has this post, Pope Francis, put a lid of it. Please, in which he details the uninformed pronouncements in which the Pope has been making a fool of himself. The Pope clearly doesn’t understand free markets or free enterprise and Hinderaker says that’s probably because he’s from Argentina so he’s never seen how it works and has never experienced all the good things it can do for people, especially poor people.

This is a travesty because the Pope sees himself as the champion of the poor and the downtrodden while at the same time he is disparaging the very thing that could be their salvation.  A brighter future awaits those who will take the time and do the apparently intolerable labor of thinking to inform themselves of the benefits of economic freedom, but the Pope is just not interested.  He is eschewing the best tool he has available to carry out the mission he has accepted for himself.  Armed only with his ignorance, he has no way of knowing how destructive his socialist ideology will be for those he claims to care about the most.

The latest is that Pope Francis is going to tackle the Human-caused global warming issue.  Lord, help us.

This March, following a visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis will publish an encyclical on the environment that insiders say will tackle the issue of global warming head on. Pope Francis is hoping to have some impact when world leaders meet to discuss climate change in Paris next year. …

The publication will be a reminder to American political conservatives that Pope Francis defies all attempt to label him as one thing or another. He is neither conservative, nor liberal, but he is Catholic.

Here is what John Hinderaker says about the “neither conservative, nor liberal” remark:

This sort of thing is said smugly. But political views are not shaped merely by good will. The differences between conservatives and liberals turn mostly on what public policies produce the best results. That is an empirical question that can only be answered in the light of knowledge. I am afraid that Francis is utterly unqualified to make this sort of empirical political judgment.

The coming encyclical is informed by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the world’s single-longest running scientific mission. The institution has already affirmed that global warming is real and a threat to people around the world, especially in developing nations.

The statement that “global warming is real” is stupid. [emphasis added] Global warming and global cooling both happen–they alternate–and they are both real. For the last seventeen or eighteen years, however, there has been no global warming. Beyond that, there is strong evidence that on balance a warmer world is better for people, not worse.

There’s a lot more in the Hinderaker article, its all pretty good stuff, please read the whole thing.


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