Alas, the lung bug hasn’t cleared up, and Pope Francis, “with great regret“, had to cancel his planned trip to the COP28 climate summit in Dubai this weekend. But in a speech read by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin in Dubai yesterday, the head of the Catholic Church told the avaricious exploiters of the environment to stop offending God:
The Pope said that to save the planet from climate change, we must, among other things, stop using fossil fuels:
Brothers and sisters, it is essential that there be a breakthrough that is not a partial change of course, but rather a new way of making progress together. The fight against climate change began in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and the 2015 Paris Agreement represented “a new beginning”. Now there is a need to set out anew. May this COP prove to be a turning point, demonstrating a clear and tangible political will that can lead to a decisive acceleration of ecological transition through means that meet three requirements: they must be “efficient, obligatory and readily monitored”. And achieved in four sectors: energy efficiency; renewable sources; the elimination of fossil fuels; and education in lifestyles that are less dependent on the latter [Pope Francis, Address of the Holy Father at the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), delivered by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin in Dubai, 2023.12.02].
…and ditch selfish Trumpist nationalism in favor of “a new multilateralism”:
It is up to this generation to heed the cry of peoples, the young and children, and to lay the foundations of a new multilateralism. Why not begin precisely from our common home? Climate change signals the need for political change. Let us emerge from the narrowness of self-interest and nationalism; these are approaches belonging to the past. Let us join in embracing an alternative vision: this will help to bring about an ecological conversion, for “there are no lasting changes without cultural changes” (Laudate Deum, 70). In this regard, I would assure you of the commitment and support of the Catholic Church, which is deeply engaged in the work of education and of encouraging participation by all, as well as in promoting sound lifestyles, since all are responsible and the contribution of each is fundamental [Pope Francis, 2023.12.02].
Related Reading: Pope Francis was up and at ’em in Rome this morning to appear at the Sunday Angelus prayer. “I am getting better,” he said by video to the crowd outside at the Vatican, “but my voice is still not good.” The text his lieutenant, Monsignor Paolo Braida, read for him underscored his message to the poobahs in Dubai:
Albeit at a distance, I follow the work of COP 28 in Dubai with great attention. I am close. I reiterate my appeal for a response to climate change with concrete political changes; let us come out of the straits of particularism and nationalism, mindsets of the past, and embrace a common vision, all making every effort now, without delay, for a necessary global conversion [Pope Francis, words after the Angelus prayer, 2023.12.03].