Kevin Rudd slams George Pell

Former PM Kevin Rudd has mounted a scathing attack on Cardinal George Pell for being a “radical climate change sceptic” who is “muddying the ethical waters” ahead of the critical Paris climate change conference, in direct contradiction to the views of Pope Francis.

Rudd says the ethical imperatives of strong climate action and the fact that Pell is now a “global figure”, means it is time to confront “head on” the views of the cleric, who was a strident critic of the Labor government’s climate policies as archbishop of Sydney and who is now a senior Vatican cardinal.

“It is, therefore, no small matter, at this most critical of times, for the ethical waters, at least in the community of faith, to be so deeply muddied, by such radical climate change sceptics as Cardinal Pell, and for his commentary to go without challenge. Of course he is free to contribute to the public policy debate in any manner he wishes. But it is equally important, particularly now that Cardinal Pell has become a global figure, to have his … statements on climate change challenged by others in the public space. It is high time his views were confronted head on. The stakes are now far too high for us all,” Rudd says in the Rowan Williams lecture.

The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said recently no energy source could have a “moral characteristic” and Australia just needed to make rational choices between the various abundant energy sources it had available.

But Rudd insists that “anyone who claims in making policy judgments they are doing so oblivious to ethical considerations, and instead are simply acting on a simple ‘value free’ premise of ‘common sense’, is engaged in deep self-delusion”.

And he strongly defends the right, and even obligation, of churches to engage in public debate as one of a number of “ethical voices”.

“Unless there is at least one institution seeking to construct, maintain and argue the continuing ethical parameters within which the stated purposes and unintended consequences of government action should be considered, then there is a greater risk that public policy simply becomes ‘interest group politics’ or, even worse, retail politics by another name,” he says.

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4 thoughts on “Kevin Rudd slams George Pell

  1. Pell was appointed to reform catholic finances. Not sure why he is going head to head with his boss on climate change ? Maybe a Tony Abbott in the making ?

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  2. Cardinal Pell, a well-known climate change skeptic, told the Financial Times the church had “no particular expertise in science”.
    “The church has got no mandate from the Lord to pronounce on scientific matters,” he said,
    “We believe in the autonomy of science.”

    It is now close to all-out war:

    Civil war has erupted at the top of the Catholic Church, with 13 ­cardinals, including Australia’s George Pell, warning the Pope in a letter that the church is in ­danger of collapsing like liberal Protestant churches in the modern era.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/pell_vs_pope/

    So he denies we have been made responsible for the Earth and all of its creatures?

    God Ordained Humans to be His Stewards over nature
    Genesis 1:26. Then God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
    Deut. 7:22 And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.
    Psa 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
    Revelation 11:18. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. (Consider this in light of Luke 16:1-12)

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    • Hey Strewth,

      And this could be an indication of why, despite all the Pope’s nice messages, there has really been no change to the Church.

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