Monday, October 31, 2011

Pell on the march

George Pell, my favourite of the 'thou shalt nots' that infest the established religion national stage here in Oz, is off on an overseas adventure. In England, no less.

Cue Rule Britannia as we see footage of Pell, bedecked in his most splendid of man dresses, travelling along the Tower Bridge with the Tower of London also in shot. Also a Beefeater eating a sandwich (1).

Anyway ... the adventure. Pell has decided that, as per is his right as the premier representative of 'da Pope' and Catholicism, that he can talk about climate change and the challenges of believing in it.

Yes, that's right. Pell has problems with the evidence.

Paul Barry, writing for the new media platform, The Power Index, had this to say;

"Carbon dioxide ... is not a pollutant, but part of the stuff of life," the cardinal chirped cheerfully, and CO2 levels would need to rise to "almost 13 times today's concentration" before they posed any danger to humans.

But Australia's most powerful Catholic saved his best cheep for last, warning that, "debates about anthropogenic global warming can only be conducted by the accurate recognition and interpretation of scientific evidence."

We had to sit down after reading that one.

After all, Cardinal Pell is a man who believes in miracles and all sorts of unreasonable things: that God is an all-powerful being who rules the world, that Christ was born to a virgin, that Jesus rose from the dead, and that bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ at Holy Communion. Pell also believes in Heaven and Hell.

So where does he find scientific evidence for all that stuff?

Check out the rest of the Paul Barry article on George Pell in Blighty throwing in his two cents on climate change.

Pell represents a different world to science. In many ways it's in direct opposition, what with the whole empirical evidence thing. So when he crosses into the world of science like he has here ... he sounds like a moronic fuckwit.

Sorry. I apologise. That's likely tautology.

Anyway, for those of you who, like me, are lovers of the infamous train wreck that is Lord Monckton, you will be pleased to know that Pell cites Monckton as a reliable information source no less than four times.

Seriously.

However I am not really worried about Pell's views infecting the rest of the Catholic population. After-all something like ninety percent of them use contraception in direct violation of one or more of the Encyclicals. I hardly think they're also going to subscribe to Mr P

If Catholicism was like TV Week this would totally make a good sitcom preview writeup.

10.30 pm. Oh George!—George travels to the United Kingdom to talk about scientific burden of proof lacking in the belief of anthropogenic climate change despite his being a Cardinal for a faith whose basis of divine proof is a 2000 year old record
of a series of alleged miracles .

I think, perhaps, he's got relevance syndrome ... in that he's not a very relevant person.

Maybe it's time to splurge out on a new man dress?!

(1)
As irony would have it, it's just cucumber and bread—the guard's a vegetarian.

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