No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (St. Matthew 6:24)
I respect my readers. I do my best to respond to every e-mail and private message that I receive. But respect means being able to tell truths even when you disagree among friends.
So here it goes:
Most of you are flat wrong about environmental issues. Globalism is based on a lie that exploits this misunderstanding. If you don't understand this you can't understand the key falsehood that globalism has been peddling, you can't effectively oppose it and you can't understand Church history.
The falsehood is that it is possible for all 7.5 billion people on Earth to live in a consumption fueled economy.
The world simply does not have the material for everyone to live high-consumption lives. It does not have the farmland, water, natural resources. It is impossible. Even today, where most of the world still lives in abject poverty, we consume more resources then the world can reproduce by August 1 (and the date gets earlier and earlier every year.) Logic dictates that this will eventually lead to scarcity and all of the resulting ugliness that can ensue. Please do not send me ignorant notes disputing this. I have the numbers. The case is indisputable.
The Church's pre-eminence and unity in Europe was not broken by Freemasons or Atheists or Jews: it was broken by the merchant class who are the forebears of modern capitalists.
The fuel of the English reformation was NOT the sexual proclivities of King Henry VIII. The fuel of the English reformation was the resentment that the English merchant class and landed aristocracy felt towards the Church because of Her landholdings and doctrine that put God and not mammon at the center of life.
The English merchants resented being deprived of perfectly good land by the Church. They hated to be told that they had to respect another authority that put limits on their carnal desires for consumption and pleasure. This resentment built for a hundred years until a weak king - himself captive to his own desire for pleasure - split the Church in one of the most tragic events in the history of the world.
Martin Luther's reformation was supported and protected by German princes who did not care one whit about theology. These princes wanted the land that the Church possessed and they wanted the secular power that the Church exercised (for the common good) for their own private good. In the name of money these princes supported a vile heretic's attack on the Church. The consequences have been catastrophic.
Protestantism was never about theology: it was about giving the merchant class an excuse to validate their economic ambitions and to eliminate the place that the Church held in the heart of Christians and replace it with a gold coin.
Unlimited consumption and economic growth is a Protestant idea. It is not a Catholic one. Catholic societies place the spiritual health of the population as its primary job and economic growth in slot three or four. Protestant societies destroy the family, environment, tradition and everything else it can monetize in the pursuit of mammon.
Climate change is real. It is the end product of too much consumption. It is the final judgement on the protestant economic system that has placed money and not God at the center of everyone's life. The world can handle 7.5 billion people worshiping God and living the minimalist lifestyle that our religion demands. It cannot handle 7.5 billion people consuming like pigs. Protestant economics has made us pigs. And we are about to watch the earth convulse resulting in the deaths of millions of people as a result.
Worship of nature is a grave sin. As Catholics we are called to give nature the respect it deserves and God the worship that He deserves. The gods of primitive tribes and indigenous cultures that spring from their experiences in nature are dead gods with no power to them. They are not to be worshiped or given credence to in any way.
But Catholics who roll their eyes whenever a Church leader or politician speaks on the importance of limiting consumption and protecting the natural world are mistaken.