Skip to comments.Centuries-old trees destroyed as rainforest is chopped down for Pope's visit to Brazil (edit)
Posted on 07/16/2013 4:45:56 AM PDT by haffast
Authorities in Brazil have denounced church leaders as criminals for chopping down more than 300 centuries-old trees in a national park - so pilgrims can celebrate mass during the Popes visit to Rio de Janeiro.
Pope Francis will make his first international trip to the worlds largest Roman Catholic country later this month.
Organisers of an event in the diocese of Sao Sebastiao de Itaipu, in the city of Niteroi, claimed they needed to clear an area of Atlantic rainforest to accommodate the expected crowd of up to 800 pilgrims.
A total of 334 trees at the edge of the Serra da Tiririca national park, but also on church-owned land, were felled.
Niteroi's vice-mayor, Axel Grael, claimed the church did not seek permission to deforest the land.
He told Brazil's O Globo newspaper: The incident is lamentable. An event for youth should be educational and demonstrate a commitment to the environment and the future. This removal is a criminal act.
Andre Ilha, from Rio de Janeiro's state environment institute - which is responsible for the forest - said the destruction would never have been allowed.
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Oh, it's been done before. Note the special World Youth Day state authority. Screw you locals:
Clearing a path for pilgrims - 2008
Sunanda Creagh Urban Affairs Reporter - May 24, 2008
"The Deputy Premier and Minister for World Youth Day, John Watkins, used sweeping powers under the World Youth Day Act to "prescribe" the City of Sydney as a government agency - which means he can direct it to do whatever the World Youth Day Co-ordination Authority requests."
Hope they didn't pee in the water:
Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers Releases Message for World Tourism Day
Zenit ^ | July 12, 2013 | Junno Arocho Esteves
ENVIRONMENT - USCCB
"Letter to Senate Subcommittee on Energy on The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act"
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, June 24, 2013
Letter to Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, February 21, 2013
Letter to President Obama on Climate Change Religious leaders, including Bishop Stephen E. Blaire,
January 29, 2013
Environmental Justice Program - USCCB
"Today the great gift of Gods Creation is exposed to serious dangers and lifestyles which can degrade it. Environmental pollution is making particularly unsustainable the lives of the poor of the world
we must pledge ourselves to take care of creation and to share its resources in solidarity." Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Then it says: A total of 334 trees at the edge of the Serra da Tiririca national park...
Then finally: ...on church-owned land, were felled.
So it's the Church's land out side of the park. BFD.
Only 800 pilgrims?
That doesn’t seem right. Must be more than that expected.
25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over...
The reporter destroyed most of his credibility with me by noting that a crowd of up to 800 pilgrims is expected.
I imagine that he is off by three degrees of magnitude, which is about right for the press in the U.S.—but I had thought that the Brits were a bit better.
What's the fuss?
O noes! Gaia will get back at them!
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Turn the trees into patio furniture for all I care. In fact, I’ll confess that this is secretly part of my growing “Pave the Rainforest” campaign. Our goal is to completely eliminate these pestiferous liberal havens from the planet.
Tiny Sao Sebastiao de Itaipu, in the city of Niteroi, Brazil may be only able to accomodate 800 pilgrims and their vehicles at a time?
Offered to replant trees to escape penalties. Church may not be able to trump state.
Wonder what the entry fee will be at this pilgrim trap? It's showtime.
Pope Francis' Brazil schedule
Pope doesn't go to Niteroi.
JPII "relics" (vial of his blood....yuck.... and other stuff) doesn't go to Niteroi.
Girls of Rio may not be at Niteroi.
Not much of a draw.
Conservative posers on FR miss the irony and hypocrisy of (c)hurch's socialist teaching, or maybe they didn't miss it, and choose to deflect and obfuscate instead.
Pope is going to Catedral São Sebastião (St. Sebastian Cathedral) on Saturday July 27:
Mayan influence. Cone shaped.
Cross within a circle. Interesting.
And the trees are all kept equal / By hatchet, axe, and saw.