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Vatican in New Attack on the Poor: Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference Attacks South Africa’s Nuclear Plans

Jan. 2 (EIRNS)—The Vatican is behind a new attack on the poor—this time an attack on nuclear power development. As in the case of the COP21 agreement—for which Pope Francis had effusive praise—it is done in the name of the poor. The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC), through its Justice and Peace Commission, in a Dec. 29 statement has called on the South African government to suspend its nuclear build of 9600 MW, and instead concentrate on “renewable energy.”

The parent body of the SACBC Justice and Peace Commission, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in Rome, is headed by Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, a contributor to, and advocate for the papal encyclical Laudato Si’. The SACBC Justice and Peace Commission would not have acted without approval—explicit or implicit—from Rome.

Because the Vatican has accepted the falsified science and perverse logic of the British oligarchy, the SACBC action may herald a broad mobilization of the Vatican against nuclear power.

The Dec. 29 statement signed by Bishop Abel Gabuza, Chairman of the Justice and Peace Commission, declares, “The economic risks and safety risks of the nuclear option outweigh its economic benefits, and the government should therefore concentrate its efforts and fiscal resources on renewable energy. … The Commission has therefore appealed to the government to urgently call for a nuclear referendum.”

But no developing country has a future without charting a course of continual advances in science and technology, including nuclear: Much of Africa, including South Africa, will have no source of baseload electric power (that includes hydroelectric) commensurate with the need, when coal runs out, without nuclear.

Dr. Kelvin Kemm, CEO of Nuclear Africa, in Pretoria, told EIR Dec. 31, “There will be no referendum.” Kemm reports a broad agreement in South Africa in favor of the nuclear build, in government and banking, and among energy producers and engineers.

Kemm pointed to the double standards in economic judgment used by the SACBC and others. “In cases of national necessity, you don’t ask, ‘Can we afford it?’ ” he said; it is widely known that providing abundant, cheap electricity is a stimulus to development. One doesn’t wait to build nuclear plants until someone’s projections say it is needed.

“Other developing countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, and Ecuador,” Kemm added, “are looking to South Africa’s nuclear program as a flagship program and as a source of expertise—expertise relevant to building nuclear in a developing country—that they can draw on.”

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