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The Pope’s Anti-Capitalist Bandwagon Rolls On

June 29, 2015

By Paul Homewood 




If there was any doubt about the pope’s anti capitalist credentials, the Guardian let the cat out of the bag:


She is one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the pope’s most senior aides and a professor of climate change economics. But this week the secular radical will join forces with the Catholic cardinal in the latest move by Pope Francis to shift the debate on global warming.

Naomi Klein and Cardinal Peter Turkson are to lead a high-level conference on the environment, bringing together churchmen, scientists and activists to debate climate change action. Klein, who campaigns for an overhaul of the global financial system to tackle climate change, told the Observer she was surprised but delighted to receive the invitation from Turkson’s office.


As for Turkson, I am not sure where his qualifications in climate change economics come from. It was only two years ago that the Huff Post were complaining about his homophobic views:


One of the frontrunners to succeed Pope Benedict XVI has defended anti-gay legislation like Uganda’s so-called "Kill the Gays" bill.

GayStarNews notes that Cardinal Peter Turkson, 64, of Ghana is a supporter of homophobic legislation and has defended Africa’s anti-gay laws on the basis of African culture.

Turkson claimed during a United Nations summit last February that such laws could be permissible in society because the "intensity of the reaction is probably commensurate with tradition," according to the National Catholic Register. “Just as there’s a sense of a call for rights, there’s also a call to respect culture, of all kinds of people,” he said when discussing the stigma surrounding homosexuality in Africa. “So, if it’s being stigmatized, in fairness, it’s probably right to find out why it is being stigmatized.”

Turkson also criticized U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who has called for Africa to decriminalize homosexuality and end discrimination based on sexual orientation. "When you’re talking about what’s called ‘an alternative lifestyle,’ are those human rights?” said Turkson, according to NCR. “He [Ban Ki-moon] needs to recognize there’s a subtle distinction between morality and human rights, and that’s what needs to be clarified.”


According to Wikipedia, he has no economics qualifications of any kind, but none of this stopped him penning the document “TOWARDS REFORMING THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL AND MONETARY SYSTEMS IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL PUBLIC AUTHORITY” in 2011, which called for:

the establishment of a "global public authority" and a “central world bank” to rule over financial institutions that have become outdated and often ineffective in dealing fairly with crises. The document, Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public Authority was very specific, calling for taxation measures on financial transactions. It notes that “The economic and financial crisis which the world is going through calls everyone, individuals and peoples, to examine in depth the principles and the cultural and moral values at the basis of social coexistence,” it said. The document condemned what it called "the idolatry of the market" as well as a “neo-liberal thinking” that it said looked exclusively at technical solutions to economic problems. “In fact, the crisis has revealed behaviours like selfishness, collective greed and hoarding of goods on a great scale,” it said, adding that world economics needed an "ethic of solidarity" among rich and poor nations.


Watch your wallets!

  1. June 29, 2015 7:01 am

    Headline: “Two religions join forces”.

    • June 29, 2015 9:12 am

      The encyclical didn’t make sense until I realised that it was a political statement which was just using climate. But that in turn has helped me understand the whole of climate – which is basically a political campaign using climate.

  2. June 29, 2015 7:23 am

    In a new role the Pope is now being cast,
    Making more use of his communist past,
    To destroy the world’s economy,
    And create a UN hegemony,
    But how long can this ‘man made’ thing last?

  3. M E permalink
    June 29, 2015 8:18 am

    I thought ad hominem attacks were what the warmists indulged in

    • tom0mason permalink
      June 29, 2015 8:28 am

      Why let the intellectually compromised have all the fun?
      Also remember indulgences are not just the gift of Popes.

    • John F. Hultquist permalink
      June 29, 2015 2:15 pm

      When the subject is people and their views, it is hard not to write about the views of those people. Still, there is the line from a novel that says “When you call me that – smile.”
      So, even if the person is a SOB, I wish her/him a nice day!

  4. tom0mason permalink
    June 29, 2015 8:21 am

    The Pope, Naomi Klein, and Cardinal Peter Turkson a ménage à trois made in Heaven?

    Will they ensure the fabulous wealth of the Catholic Church and the secretive Vatican Banks are fairly distributed to the world? Or is the Church’s collection of treasure, and the Vatican Bank’s huge profits from the idolatry of the market just an example of the hypocritical rapacious acquisitiveness as this Church and its leader selfishly indulge in holy collective greed and hoarding of goods on a grand scale.
    Maybe there will be some change in Papal economic thinking leading to an ethic of solidarity among rich and poor Christian churches and parishes around the world. I doubt it from this bunch of hypocrites.

    • tom0mason permalink
      July 1, 2015 11:59 pm

      An excellent open letter of 12 little questions, to the Vatican scientists and his Holiness the Pope, by Dr Klaus L.E. Kaiser can be read here

  5. June 29, 2015 9:10 am

    Somehow the Klein bottle springs to mind – I think it’s the way that it has no content.
    (A klein bottle has only one surface which is both inside and outside – so it contains no volume)

  6. June 29, 2015 10:00 am

    Catholic friends of mine are in despair over this Pope and the direction he is taking the church.

  7. Dave Ward permalink
    June 29, 2015 10:54 am

    I see that Lancashire Council have just rejected Cuadrilla’s planning application for Preston New Road. Greenpeace are naturally delighted…

  8. June 29, 2015 11:24 am

    Popes, Politicians, Elites, United Nations, Consensus Scientists and United National Academies of Sciences Are Completing A 500 year Battle with Reality

    If the conclusions of this paper [1] are correct, as strongly suggested by nine pages of precise experimental data and thousands of precise experimental data points they represent, . . .

    the Pontifical Academy of Sciences is as guilty as other National Academies of Sciences worldwide in deceiving themselves and the public about the source of energy that:

    1. Made our chemical elements
    2. Birthed the entire Solar System 5 Ga ago
    3. Sustained the origin and evolution of life on Earth after ~3.8 Ga ago, and
    4. Still sustains every atom and life and the climate of every planet in the Solar System today . . .

    the same FOUNTAIN OF ENERGY Copernicus identified in 1543 as the gravitational center of the Solar System.

    Planet Earth is NOT the center of the universe, NOT the center of the Solar System, and probably NOT the only life-sustaining planet orbiting a pulsar.


    1. Oliver K. Manuel, “Solar energy,” Advances in Astronomy, submitted 1 Sept 2014, privately published 17 Mar 2015):

    • June 29, 2015 11:29 am

      At least one member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Dr. Peter Raven of St. Louis, MO has known how the Sun operates since 2002, when my student, Erin Miller and I explained neutron repulsion to him at the 2002 Sigma Xi Conference in Galveston, TX and later in written communications.

    • June 29, 2015 12:05 pm

      Tank you very much, Dr. Manuel, for your Solar Energy paper.

      • June 29, 2015 12:49 pm

        Popes and other world leaders refuse to admit they are powerless over the FOUNTAIN OF ENERGY Copernicus found at the center of the solar system that made our elements, birthed the solar system, and still sustains every atom, life and planet in the solar system today.

  9. June 29, 2015 11:44 am

    Habemus Papa Comunista.

  10. Andy DC permalink
    June 29, 2015 10:18 pm

    “Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains”. Shows how far we have fallen since the day that Karl Marx coined that phrase. We no longer have workers, we have worthless parasites looking for the state to give them benefits without any work in return.

    • JohnOh permalink
      June 30, 2015 7:07 am

      AS a worthless parasite, we need work to start with. We have numbers that state 5/6 percent unemployment. The reality of our world would sink in if we knew its really 15 to 20 percent…They are not numbers but people…. We cant all be public serpents.

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