As announced, Pope Francis has published the follow-up letter “Laudate Deum”. It follows on from the encyclical Laudato Si’ and represents a whole catalog of demands for action.
Inhalt / Content
- 1 Laudate Deum is a sequel
- 2 The Pope establishes facts
- 3 Demand for centralized power
- 4 Human family and pantheism
- 5 Sunday will soon be a big topic
- 6 Climate is a means to an end
Laudate Deum is a sequel
Pope Francis published his “environmental” encyclical “Laudato Si” on May 24, 2015. The pontiff announced a continuation or expansion of this letter weeks ago. On October 4th, 2023, a good 8 years after Laudato Si’, “Laudate Deum” (“Praise God”) was released. This letter is not treated as an independent encyclical, but as a follow-up to the previous Laudato Si’.
The Pope establishes facts
With the encyclical, Pope Francis announced environmental and climate protection as officially integrated into the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. While Sunday still played a role in the 2015 letter, in the follow-up letter Laudate Deum the pontiff concentrated on the implementation of political measures and the rebuke of the so-called “climate deniers”. With his new letter, the Pope also sets out “facts based on science.”
Laudate Deum, paragraph 6:
Laudate Deum, paragraph 7:
Laudate Deum, paragraph 11:
Das Gebiet um Mauna Loa ist eines der vulkanisch aktivsten Gebiete der Erde. Warum an dieser Stelle CO₂-Messungen vorgenommenen werden, um diese Werte dann für die gesamte Atmosphäre der Erde zu interpretieren, erklärt der Pontifex an dieser Stelle nicht.
Laudate Deum, paragraph 14 (excerpt):
Demand for centralized power
The Pope’s ideas about how to deal with power and multilateralism seem particularly interesting.
Laudate Deum, paragraph 43:
The pontiff demands nothing other than centralization of the government on a global level. Whether this “world government” will stand on democratic ground, as Pope Francis indicated in quotation marks, may be doubted. This “democracy” is likely to take the form of a European Union at best. The democratic deficit and the lack of legitimacy of the EU are being discussed lively(Source).
The question would then remain open as to who will take central leadership in this “type of greater democratization at the world level”. The World Health Organization (WHO), implemented in the UN, could play a pioneering role with its ambitions to become a central control center for global pandemic control.
Human family and pantheism
On the spiritual aspect, Pope Francis is returning to his favorite areas. A united, peaceful human family within a pantheistic view of the world and God.
Laudate Deum, paragraph 65:
Laudate Deum, paragraph 67:
Sunday will soon be a big topic
A lot of preparatory work has also been done on a secular level in advance for the upcoming day of rest. This day of rest for the benefit of people and the climate will be Sunday. Pope Francis highlighted this day in his encyclical Laudato Si’.
In Laudato Si’, paragraph 237:
Since Sunday sanctification has its origins in Egyptian paganism and this tradition had already found its way into the churches of Rome and Alexandria in the course of the second century (Info), this Sunday tradition is directly opposed to the sanctification of the Sabbath (Saturday). A violation of God’s Fourth Commandment. Therefore, the depiction of “eternal rest” for people who adhere to the tradition set by the papacy rather than God’s commandment can safely be called cynicism. Violating God’s commandment is sin and sin leads to death (Romans 6:23).
Climate is a means to an end
The Sunday rest day is the goal and the environmental issue is merely the vehicle. For this reason, great importance must be attached to Sunday, which is traditionally sanctified by the Roman Catholic Church. The focus should not be on the details of the general measures against the “climate crisis”, but on the consequences in relation to a promised (“compulsory”) day of rest every Sunday. The religious nature of the issue of environmental and climate protection can no longer be overlooked. A question of faith in which the (formerly) Protestant churches are now heavily involved. The once enforced Sunday rest, declared as a climate protection measure, is already waiting on the doorstep.