Friday, April 25, 2008

Schism: Australian cardinal disputes global warming theory. AND: Green monks and nuns on the march

During the Western Schism (1378-1417) there were, at minimum two, and for a while, three Popes serving at the same time. Rome, Avignon and Pisa. It confused the peasants. Gibbon, in the Decline and Fall comments on one of the Anti-Popes, John XXIII:

...Of the three Popes, John the Twenty-third was the first victim; he fled and was brought back a prisoner, the most scandalous charges were suppressed; the Vicar of Christ was only accused of piracy, murder, rape, sodomy and incest...
a passage which titillated a few generations of English schoolboys. Here are two stories from EnerPub:
Cardinal George Pell, in an article entitled "Global warming is over", referred to "an intolerant bandwagon with loud, exaggerated claims that the issue is settled". Climate change, he said, is an issue that is far from settled in the Sunday Telegraph....MORE
Three hundred members of religious orders are expected to demonstrate outside of Parliament on April 23 in London to ask legislators to 'kick the carbon habit' for the sake of the poor....MORE