“Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion”

There will be more from me (and clearly and thankfully those to whom I’ll link) on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si but I wanted to put something up quickly after hearing Rush Limbaugh’s initial reference to it in his opening monologue heard moments ago where he wondered aloud if il Papa had thrown environmentalists and leftists a huge curve-ball.  He cited this National Journal piece:

For Pope Francis, caring about the environment goes hand in hand with taking a strong stand against PopeFrancisabortion. “Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion,” the encyclical says. “How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties?”
Francis suggests that efforts to slow population growth are misguided and a distraction from the underlying cause of the world’s environmental crisis—the hoarding of the Earth’s resources by the rich and powerful. “To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues,” the encyclical says.

Mr. Limbaugh has been a strong critic, unfairly in my view, of this Pope but as I listened to his opening moments ago, and subsequent comments he’s since made, he seems to be praising the Pope for “setting up the Left” by strongly tying abortion to climate change.

I’m sure he’ll go on to slam the climate change aspects of the Pope’s encyclical but, he must also know, that by slamming those pieces, he too is setup, in essence.

It’s an interesting and intriguing take on things and once again makes me proud to be a fan of Pope Francis.

More to come.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.

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    “Francis suggests that efforts to slow population growth are misguided…”

    Isn’t it hard to breath while one’s head is buried in the sand?

    • Scalia

      Yes, slowing population growth by murdering babies is definitely burying one’s head in the sand.

  • Par4Course

    It is understandable that a man who believes in transubstantiation and similar religious nonsense could be fooled by the global warming/climate change hoax.

    You can be sure the liberals (like Catholics Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden) will passionately quote the Pope on climate change and ignore everything he says on abortion.

    • If you believe religion (or transubstantiation) to be nonsensical, on what grounds would you be opposing abortion?

      In fact, on what grounds would you be in opposition to anything since the religion of relativism would, in essence, be the foundation upon which you would formulate an opinion?

      And please, don’t say reason alone. There are many, many people of reason who are religious (and who believe in transubstantiation).

      • Retired military

        I had a discussion with a friend of mine who is religous. I asked him if he ever doubted that there was a God. He said that he believes everyone doubts every now and then but that even if he knew for a fact that God didnt exist he would not change his morals.

      • iwogisdead

        I’m gonna take a stab at this, even though I’m not sure I understand your questions. I’m a Christian, but I left the Catholic Church decades ago because (among other things) i did not accept transubstantiation.

        Nevertheless, one can, without any religious belief, oppose abortion. One can come to the belief that the unborn are in fact “people” entitled to be protected from sanctioned murder. Or, one can come to the conclusion that there aren’t enough facts or evidence either way, and that we thus must therefore err on the side of protecting the unborn. This is because the unborn just might be people, and that, thus, abortion just might be killing people. Neither of these conclusions requires a religious foundation.

        I oppose abortion not because of my Christian beliefs, but because I think that the unborn are people. I’m a people, and I was unborn once. You, everyone on this board (even the liberals), and all other people you have ever known or heard about were once among those unborns who are being slaughtered in abortion clinics. It’s easier for me to believe that unborns are thus people than it is for me to believe in transubstantiation. If the unborns are people, they shouldn’t be murdered.

        • Great response… but will you allow that your opposition to abortion is very likely, in some way, sourced or indirectly connected, whether acknowledged or not, to Christ who is in you?

          • iwogisdead

            Of course, I can’t deny that. Christ is in everything I do (at least I hope so), even when I say that some of the liberals on this board are dipshits or fuckwads and when I use the Lord’s name in vain on the golf course (which I do). That doesn’t mean that people who have not accepted Christ or some other or any religion cannot be pro-life. That’s my point. But, you know that already.

            BTW, I wonder, from time to time, what Christ will say to me about abortion at the gate. I fear that He’ll ask what I did to stop the greatest holocaust of all time, and I’ll say that I voted Republican and that I argued with people on the Internet. I wonder what will happen then.

          • I join you in that wonder while hoping, for me and for you, that he’ll say simply, welcome home faithful servant.

          • Brucehenry

            So you just can’t believe in transubstantiation but believe there’s literally a “gate,” where an anthropomorphic God will cross-examine you?

          • iwogisdead

            Yeah, that’s pretty much it. Not the “gate” part so much (it’s a metaphor), and it’s not that I couldn’t believe in transubstantiation (I just don’t believe that’s how it works), but otherwise, yes.

          • Brucehenry

            Fair enough.

            And your comment above was as lucid and as persuasive and as concise an explanation of the pro-life position as any I’ve ever read. Well done.

  • MartinLandauCalrissian

    Boy do I agree with this Red Pope on the fact that liberals love of abortion is anti-human!

  • erneba

    A few decades ago, I always like Bill Nye.
    Lately, he just seems to be a bitter old man.