IF the saying ‘it takes one to know one’ has any truth then the extraordinary attack by Cardinal George Pell on the science of anthropogenic global warming in a recent lecture given in Westminster Cathedral Hall, London, has special significance. Not because the Cardinal is a scientist, but because he apparently recognizes a competing belief system when he sees one. Indeed the Cardinal is so blunt as to liken the language used by AGW proponents with that used in “primitive religious controversy” and compares the costs “true-believers” would impose on economies with “the sacrifices offered traditionally in religion, and the sale of carbon credits with the pre-Reformation practice of selling indulgences”.
Early in the lecture the Cardinal acknowledges that the Church doesn’t have a great record on matters of science with mention of the church being on the wrong side of “forward progress” when it came to the Copernicus theory and Darwin’s theory of evolution.
The Cardinal goes on to show a deep knowledge of issues of argument, evidence and European history as they relate to the science of climate change.
Appeals to the consensus and the science being settled are dismissed as “a category error, scientifically and philosophically”.
Comment is also made in the lecture that:
“During the years 2008-09 it was dangerous for an Australian politician to voice dissent unless he was from a country electorate. Opponents were silenced. As I was not up for re-election and I suspected the Emperor had few if any clothes, I made a few small public statements, never from the pulpit, never at a large public meeting.”
But the Cardinal must have judged that the mood has significantly changed to now being accepting an invitation to give such a high profile and damning lecture on the subject and to have the same posted on the Catholic Churches’ official website…
One Christian perspective on climate change, by Cardinal George Pell. The Global Warming Policy Foundation, 2011 Annual GWPF Lecture, Westminister Cathedral Hall, October 26, 2011.