GOD REMAINS OWNER OF RECORD – VATICAN ASSUMES MANAGEMENT CONTRACT FOR DAILY MAINTENANCE
In it’s newest set of guidelines issued Dec., 2016, (link below) the Vatican calls on Priests to take on our “emergency planetary crises” and to evolve ecologically – “profoundly” so when it comes to modern climate theories involving detrimental human impact. The Vatican also suggests that Priests should become “promoters of an appropriate care for everything connected to the protection of creation,” according to the document. “Everything connected to the protection of creation” seems quite the expansive list if you ask me.
ACT OF GOD OR ACT OF MAN?
The law of unintended consequences has a funny way of sneaking up us when we least expect it and this just might be one of those glaring examples. The Vatican should proceed with great caution when conflating the issue of God’s will with the unproven scientific theories regarding man’s effect on the earth’s climate as the ramifications can be “catastrophic”, in some cases.
For instance, you have the Catholic such as myself, who isn’t very happy about the Church delving into controversial political issues which have not been fully vetted or debated. The climate issue started out as global cooling, morphed itself into global warming and then into the ambiguous name it now bears, climate change. Well hey, who can deny that the climate is changing – just yesterday it was freezing cold and snowing, today it’s warmer and raining – see… the climate just changed! Sorry, I need more proof – and so should the Vatican.
It’s possible that the Vatican could very well be alienating a large portion of their base by taking stances on issues like climate change, but they can be unintentionally affecting economic policies in an adverse way as well. Let’s go out on a limb here.
SORRY, YOUR INSURANCE PREMIUM HAS TRIPLED
What happens to the price of insurance or the access to such when the “act of God” clause is removed from insurance policies across the globe? Will these acts, which are no longer considered inevitable have to now be included in all standard insurance contracts- as opposed to currently requiring separate “catastrophic” policies at additional cost? Who will be liable if these natural disasters become ‘unnatural disasters’ in light of the implied endorsement from an organization as powerful as the Vatican? I’d love to see how the insurance industry would respond to the idea of possibly being responsible for $trillions in additional coverage due to hurricanes, floods due to rising sea levels and volcanic eruptions.
Natural disasters caused a total of $1.5 trillion in damage worldwide between 2003 and 2013, according to a study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which finds they caused more than 1.1 million deaths and affected the lives of more than two billion people.
For insurance purposes, an act of God is as follows:
An event that directly and exclusively results from the occurrence of natural causes that could not have been prevented by the exercise of foresight or caution; an inevitable accident.
Courts have recognized various events as acts of God—tornadoes, earthquakes, death, extraordinarily high tides, violent winds, and floods. Many insurance policies for property damage exclude from their protection damage caused by acts of God. according to thefreedictionary.com
Surely we can assume the implication is that some or even all of these events actually can be prevented by the exercise of foresight or caution, based on the new guidelines. Is the Vatican planning on averting or even suggesting these acts of God can be averted? Are they choosing science over creation? What’s next, adding the Origin Of Species to their recommended reading list?
What exactly is the Vatican’s intention by suggesting there is an “emerging planetary crises?” Who identified or confirmed such a crisis, and where is the empirical data to confirm their position on the issue?
Unless the Vatican is planning on going into the weather forecasting or insurance underwriting business, it might be wise to reconsider adding climate issues which are outside the standard teachings of the Catholic Church, to their global agenda.