Despotism: Bishop adviser to Pope Francis claims papal infallibility over climate change

First, a Vatican insider — Archbishop Salvatore “Rino” Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization — threatened to “automatically excommunicate” Catholics who commit “verbal violence” (whatever that means) against Pope Francis, whose real name is Jorge Bergoglio.

Now, another Vatican insider and close adviser to Pope Francis — Argentinean Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of both the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences — invokes papal infallibility for Bergoglio’s pronouncements on the pseudo-science of man-made climate change.

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo at Acton Institute conf., 12-3-2015

As reported by John-Henry Westen for LifeSiteNews, at an Acton Institute conference at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome on Dec. 3, 2015, Bishop Sorondo said that Pope Francis’ declarations on the gravity of global warming as expressed in the encyclical Laudato Si’ are magisterial teaching equivalent to the doctrinal teaching that abortion is sinful. Sorondo said Bergoglio’s “judgement [on climate change] must be considered Magisterium – it is not an opinion.

The Catholic Church maintains there are several concepts important to the understanding of infallible, divine revelation: Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Sacred Magisterium. The infallible teachings of popes are part of the Sacred Magisterium. As the authoritative Catholic Encyclopedia defines it, “Infallibility means more than exemption from actual error; it means exemption from the possibility of error.”

However, not all teachings of popes are infallible.

To begin, papal teachings must be based on, or at least not contradict, Sacred Tradition or Sacred Scripture. As defined by the (first) Vatican Council of 1869-1870papal infallibility is “a divinely revealed dogma” that “the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra . . . is, by reason of the Divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, possessed of that infallibility with which the Divine Redeemer wished His Church to be endowed in defining doctrines of faith and morals….”

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, papal infallibility is not attributed to every doctrinal act of the pope, but only to his ex cathedra teaching. The conditions required for ex cathedra teaching are:

  1. The pontiff must teach in his public and official capacity as pastor and doctor of all Christians — as spiritual head of the Church universal.
  2. When, in his capacity as spiritual head of the Church universal, the teaches some doctrine of faith or morals.
  3. When the pope “wishes to determine some point of doctrine in an absolutely final and irrevocable way“.
  4. When it is clear that the pope intends to bind the whole Church, that is, “to demand internal assent from all the faithful to his teaching under pain of incurring spiritual shipwreck (naufragium fidei)” via “a literally universal promulgation”.

By equating Pope Francis’ teachings on abortion being sinful — which is a long-held doctrine of the Catholic Church — with his views on the alleged empirical phenomenon of global warming/climate change, Bishop Sorondo in effect is saying those views are “final and irrevocable” absolute truths. But empirical science is the opposite of absolute, being porous and always open to new and dissenting evidence. By claiming papal infallibility over climate change, Bishop Sorondo is also demanding that all Catholics assent to those views “under pain of incurring spiritual shipwreck”.

All of which would explain the heated exchange between Sorondo and other participants at the conference, including:

  • Journalist Riccardo Cascioli, who maintained Catholics can follow their individual consciences on theoretical scientific matters like climate change. To that, Sorondo responded, “If you were a scientist and had a serious (difference of) opinion,” then you could follow your conscience, “but since you are a journalist it is better you follow the opinion of the Pope!”
  • Acton Institute founder and President Father Robert Sirico, who rightly pointed out there are other experts or scientists with different opinions on the matter of global warming. Sorondo responded, “But don’t follow them, follow these. Just like in philosophy, there are many philosophers… But the Magisterium of the Church follows the philosophy of the being, the person. There are many who say the person does not exist – the Pope does not follow them…. I say it is Magisterium.”

Father Joseph Fessio, SJ, the founder of Ignatius Press who obtained his doctorate in theology under Joseph Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict XVI), told LifeSiteNews:

Neither the pope nor Bishop Sorondo can speak on a matter of science with any binding authority, so to use the word ‘magisterium’ in both cases is equivocal at best, and ignorant in any case.”

All of which is most ironic since Pope Francis refuses to abide by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal — the Catholic Church’s instructions governing the celebration of Mass. N. 274 of the Roman Missal says:

During Mass three genuflections are made by the priest celebrant: namely, after the showing of host, after the showing of the chalice and before Communion.

Ann Barnhardt was the first to notice this: On March 14, 2013, when Jorge Bergoglio said his first Mass as Pope Francis, he did not genuflect in accordance with the Roman Missal‘s specification. In the video of that Mass below, the consecration of the host into the Body of Christ happens at the 51:47 mark; the consecration of the chalice or wine into the Blood of Christ happens at 52:32.

To this day, an official explanation as to why Pope Francis does not genuflect at the consecration has not been offered. While the Church makes exemptions for priests whose health makes genuflecting or kneeling difficult or impossible, that is not the case with Pope Francis who often has been seen kneeling.

Indeed, if you do a “google” search for images of Pope Francis kneeling, you’ll find plenty. Here are two:

Pope Francis kneelsPope Francis kneels1

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27 responses to “Despotism: Bishop adviser to Pope Francis claims papal infallibility over climate change

  1. Pope-A-Dope

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  2. Does anyone really acknowledge this “One World Religion” pretending to be Catholic, as TRUTH? Would the Mystical Bride of Christ behave in such a fashion, when Jesus tells us She CANNOT be corrupted, or defiled? Would His TRUE Church be led by the likes of Francis “Pope” Pagan I, or the sodomite “Pope” Paul the sick?

    Nothing to see here folks…move along.


  3. The Catholic church was founded by Constantine the Roman Emperor and high priest of the Sol Invictus sun worshipping cult who gave us papal infallibility on such things as burning heretics at the stake, keeping the masses in poverty and ignorance for centuries. murdering hundreds of thousands for not believing in their paganism, the lie of St. Peter as the successor of Jesus and now the climate change fraud. Enough said. Screw you popey-poo.

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  4. By proclaiming climate control the Pope is declaring man’s authority over Devine order. He is saying, “we, man, can control the weather and the elements of creation. ”
    I know there is nothing impossible for my God, and through my humility He works supernatural miracles.

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    • Obama can make miracles happen too. When he was pitching himself before his first election he promised that if elected the seas would stop rising and the earth would begin to heal. Just proves that more than half of Americans will buy any kind of unimaginable BS.


  5. Excellent post. The communists—and almost every other tyranny—demand this kind of intellectual assent to their lies. So it seems to me every tyranny now has not only its practical rules—laws and orders and proscriptions—but also its metaphysical system. Fr. Fessio is correct: No Pope can speak on matters of science. And that is because it is not the Pope’s purview. (This is not the same as a Pope “highly recommending” that we investigate science, or keep up-to-date on the latest scientific news, however).
    If Catholics cannot understand that the Church has been infiltrated and subverted, they are very likely to support this Pope in all he says and does. Or put it this way: If Catholics (or anyone else, for that matter) will not stand for something (at least historical truth), then they will fall for anything.
    I do not agree with every last thing Ann Barnhardt says, but her blog is a good place to start. The Thinking Housewife is another great site, as is Henry Makow. (And of course FOTM is a great site I always recommend!) You Tube also has a number of channels available, among them Third Eagle Books (William Tapley) and Vatican Catholic (Most Holy Family Monastery). Again, they’re not perfect, but they’re good places to start. We have GOT to identify EXACTLY what we are up against with this Pope, real or impostured!

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  6. Politically-correct progressive heretics are citing (and subverting) Papal infallibility for their own morally-backward progressive ends. Don’t angry mobs of the faithful usually do something about people like this? You know– tar, feathers, radical priest (some assembly required).

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  7. David Cameron has set the record for the longest sentence ever!


  8. Gee, and I was always told that papal infallibility was that the Holy Spirit prevented a pope from speaking incorrectly on official statements of doctrine.

    Can’t see how the global warming hoax qualifies on ANY of those aspects.

    Therefore there is a bishop with a fundamental misunderstanding of a basic tenet of the faith he purportedly represents. That is a truly and deeply pathetic state of affairs.

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    • CATHERINE ..”Gee, and I was always told that papal infallibility was that the Holy Spirit prevented a pope from speaking incorrectly on official statements of doctrine”. Show me where that is found in the Bible and I will personally give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven and I’ll even throw in an Aston Martin and a Rolex watch.


      • You seem to be assuming that I am Catholic and that I generally support this Pope. Both assumptions are deeply flawed.

        I was pointing out the purported limitations on papal infallibility, and ONLY pointing out those limitations. Please note the Catholic-church-stated limits specifically do NOT include what this Bishop is now claiming. Therefore he is himself speaking what the Catholic church itself must claim to be false (at least) if not actual heresy.

        I also recommend that you examine your aggressive and rude attitude to me and to several others’ postings here; it does your opinions no favors. Do you want to have your positions considered carefully? Or dismissed out of hand as those of someone with a grudge?


        • “I also recommend that you examine your aggressive and rude attitude to me and to several others’ postings here; it does your opinions no favors. Do you want to have your positions considered carefully? Or dismissed out of hand as those of someone with a grudge?”

          Ditto! Thank you, Catherine.


        • “Gee, and I was always told that papal infallibility was that the Holy Spirit prevented a pope from speaking incorrectly on official statements of doctrine”.
          Your statement above sounded like you must be Catholic unless your intention was sarcasm I have only been expressing my own opinions which were not meant to sound “aggressive and rude”. My apologies if my assumption was incorrect and my tone was interpreted as aggressive and rude.

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        • “Gee, and I was always told that papal infallibility was that the Holy Spirit prevented a pope from speaking incorrectly on official statements of doctrine”.
          Sorry Catherine but your statement was easy to interpret as coming from a Catholic, My apologies if I assumed incorrectly. You know what they say about assuming .


  9. I have noticed a strange relationship and common causes between this Pope and BO. And with both, there is severe punishment if you say anything against them. Marxist comes to mind.
    I have not liked this Pope since day one. And I find no common ground between him and Pope Benedict. I think his sudden exit was questionable.
    i guess I am more familiar with Pope John Paul ll and relate to him the best.

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  10. “We have GOT to identify EXACTLY what we are up against with this Pope, real or impostured”! It’s more important to recognize that the Catholic church is nothing more than what would be better described as a denomination of Christianity. It’s popes are only normal human beings and members of that denomination who were chosen by people in senior positions (bishops) in that organization to be their CEO. They are NOT God’s representatives or the successor to Jesus on earth as they claim and in fact that claim is utter blasphemy. Their claim is based on a politically convenient, intentional misinterpretation of the verse where Jesus asks Peter who he thinks he is. When Peter replies that Jesus is the son of the living God Jesus replies in so many words …”Blessed art thou Peter and upon this ROCK I will build my church” The correct interpretation of ROCK is actually PEBBLE. Christ was always called the rock and Jesus called Peter a pebble to illustrate his position in his following. The Catholic church’s use of the word Rock instead of pebble conveniently allows the Catholic church to make Peter the foundation of the church and since he was the bishop of Rome, future popes would be future bishop’s of Rome. Jesus was a royal prince of the house of David as was prophecized in the old testament. His successor would also have to be from the house of David which Peter was not. The short strokes is that since Peter was not Jesus’ successor let alone future bishops of Rome, the Roman Catholic church is a total fraud. If it had any integrity it would sell all of it’s billions of dollars in treasures, turn the Vatican into condos or a shopping mall and give the money to the poor. Hell will freeze over first.


    • David, could you show me, where in the bible, sola scripture is mentioned. While you are working feverishly to accomplish that feat, could you also let me know where the bible came from.

      Good luck…


  11. Dr. Eowyn, I share your grief and distress over this pope’s words and actions. Very troubling indeed. I love his seeming humility in his dealings with people of low social standing. But I am troubled by his doctrinal proximity to pro-marxist Liberation Theology, which has caused countless deaths throughout Latin America.


  12. JO … Whether or not sola scripture is true or not is a matter of belief, opinion or interpretation which has varied over centuries so my own opinion is only one of thousands and is therefore irrelevant or of little interest. Volumes have also been written over the origins of the Bible so I doubt if you would believe my opinions over centuries of “experts”. The “Bible Code” or “Torah Code” is fascinating as it makes a strong case that the Torah could only have been written by a computer far more advanced than anything that exists today but it only works for the Torah and not the rest of the Old Testament or the New Testament as far as I know. So did Moses write the Torah or a computer? Damned if I know. Did Mathew, Mark, Luke and John write Mathew, Mark Luke and John or later writers? Damned if I know but there are good arguments either way. Was the entire Bible written in whole or in part by historians or religious nut jobs? Damned if I know.


  13. Pingback: Cardinal Müller: ‘Pervading sense of fear’ in Pope Francis’ Curia | Fellowship of the Minds – Peter Degedo

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