US bishops spend $500K to help poor overcome ‘climate change,’ put Laudato Si’ in action

Pope Francis waves as he tours St. Peter's Square ahead of his weekly general audience, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Lifesite News: The domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that it will spend $500,000 to “overcome the impacts” and “address the root causes” of climate change in order to help the nation’s poor.

Bishop David G. O’Connell, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and chairman of The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) subcommittee, hailed the move as an “effort to put Laudato Si’ in action.”

“The adverse effects of climate change devastate poor communities around the country and with this project, CCHD and DART will seek to live out the call of Pope Francis to respond to ‘the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor,’” he said. Laudato Si’ is the pope’s 2015 encyclical on the environment for which critics accused the pope of throwing the weight of the Catholic Church behind the globalist environmental agenda.

Catholic commentators are calling the move a “farcical” waste of money, dismissing it as “nothing more than globalist gibberish pandering to the new world order elites.” Read More …

Opinion: Two Catholic groups:

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the national anti-poverty and social justice program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Direct Action and Research Training (DART) covers a broad agenda of issues, including public education improvement, criminal justice reform, healthcare provisions, affordable housing, economic opportunity, accessible public transportation, and immigrants’ rights.

Pope Francis’ Laudato Si is his second encyclical. The encyclical has the subtitle “on care for our common home”. In it, the pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take “swift and unified global action.”

The sad part is that neither group, nor Laudato Si, place Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:3) as their purpose. Pope Francis has lost sight of, or never had, the Gospel as the primary purpose of the church he leads.

Catholics are commanded by their church to follow the teaching of their bishops and their pope under the threat of anathema:

The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ.” This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome. (Catholic Catechism 85).

Catholic teaching places Tradition equal to the Word of God, in clear opposition to Matthew 15:3

He answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?”

Mark 7:7-8

“And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—”

And Colossians 2:8

“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

Men and women are cheated from the Gospel, when they embrace the traditions of men.