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Climate change, Catholic mediation, and taming the wolf

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Jun 03, 2015 | In On the Good

Over at the Taming the Wolf Institute, Greg Stone offers an interesting approach to the thorny questions raised by the recent support of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences for the moral and political aims of the global warming movement. I commented on this briefly in What was the climate change conference really about?.

Taming the Wolf Institute is devoted to peacemaking according to the principles exemplified by Saint Francis of Assisi (who easily tamed wolves). Their goal is to have peacemakers in every parish who knows how to help bring peace and unity out of conflict. It’s an interesting project.

In this case, Greg Stone applies principles of Christian mediation to the conflict that is brewing over Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on human ecology, a conflict seriously exacerbated by the rather shameless use of two pontifical academies for largely secular propaganda purposes. It’s a very interesting article, and not without its own striking point of view. See Don’t Publish, Mediate.

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Sep. 22, 2016 12:21 PM ET USA

    The message better fitted to Cosmo is that women who have committed sins against the 6th commandment are also capable of perfect and perpetual chastity, and their dignity that they degraded through their sins can begin to be restored by Christ through prayer and penance. Sometimes people don't think it through that virginity is not an ideal that women who are not virgins can personally aspire to--it can be discouraging. Sometimes women need reassuring that their loss of dignity is not hopeless.

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Jun. 07, 2015 12:46 AM ET USA

    It sounds as if it is too late for this advice to be taken. The conference is over. Their findings must serve as the bases for the Pope? if not why have the conference? There may be hope then that the Holy Father will listen to voices that have been shut out of the discussion. I do not believe that God has weighed in on this one.

  • Posted by: billG - Jun. 05, 2015 8:03 PM ET USA

    Excellent article. The quote from Briggs sums it up: “It is a logical truth, and a fact once known to all scientists, that models which make consistently lousy predictions imply the theories underlying them are false. Since the models make lousy forecasts, we know the theories upon which the models are based are wrong. And since these theories are wrong, they should not be believed. And since they should not be believed, we should not base decisions on them.”