Pope Plans To Go All In On Addressing Climate Change

Pope Francis

The Guardian is reporting that Pope Francis plans to issue an edict on climate change in 2015. Pope Francis intends to visit Tacloban in the Philippines in March. Tacloban was hit hard by a disastrous typhoon in 2012. Following his visit to the Philippine city, the pope is expected to issue an encyclical regarding climate change and human ecology. That edict will be distributed to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops and 400,000 priests to share with their parishioners.

As one of the world’s most prominent religious figures, the pope’s actions will undoubtedly strengthen the movement to address climate change. Conservative Catholics will be tempted to resist the pope’s authority on this issue. However, people of faith may struggle to discredit the pope, given his position atop the Catholic Church hierarchy.

The Pope is no stranger to controversy, given the numerous progressive stances he has taken on a broad range of issues. In October, he minced no words in discussing the dangers of climate change. Pope Francis stated then:

An economic system centered on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it… Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness.

American GOP Catholic politicians like House Speaker John Boehner, Congressman Paul Ryan, and potential presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, and Marco Rubio, will have to defy the pope if they wish to continue to pander to the climate change deniers that make up the base of the Republican Party. Mocking the pope’s stance on climate change will present a far greater challenge for GOP Catholics than ridiculing Al Gore or ignoring Bill McKibben.

Pope Francis is going all in to battle the dangers of climate change. Whether Catholics and other people of faith will respond to the pope’s edict remains to be seen. For the sake of the world’s future, hopefully they will agree to fight global climate change alongside the pope, rather than choosing instead to fight the rapidly changing climate of the Vatican, that this pope so clearly represents.


12 Replies to “Pope Plans To Go All In On Addressing Climate Change”

  1. The sheep that have been brainwashed by the RW machine that climate change does not exist (all in the name of greed) need to wake up and take care of their children and grandchildren’s future well being. To stand by and refuse to do nothing is the same thing as not going to the doctor if you are sick. After all, their logic is, if it’s Gods will it will happen! The stupidity of destroying the place you live that provides you with all the natural resources to survive is mind blowing!

  2. Vatican conservatives won’t agree with the Pope about climate change? Don’t they care about the health and safety of our future generations? And they claim to be “Men of God”? Really? Maybe they would prefer to put the climate scientists under house arrest or burn them at the stake.

    Human-caused climate change is a well established fact. We’d better do more to curb emissions or this world that some say we are supposed to be good stewards of, will make us pay dearly for our thoughtless neglect.

  3. though our Pope means well, He does blunder at times. This might be one of them. Remember he is just like any person, not talking from the “Chair of Infallibility.”
    And there is no “facts” that prove any climate change is due to our activity, just a lot of sheep.(in this case it is not good to be a part of that herd)
    Evolution may be correct but there also are too many questions about some non-evolving systems in nature. God Bless and Merry Christmas!

  4. To those who say they are not scientists, so cannot believe in climate change, why doesn’t the person they are talking to say ‘well why don’t you ask a scientist’ or would that be too easy.
    The republicans led by McConnell are going to push hard for Keystone, in addition to Boehner, I wonder how many of them are invested in the companies that would build it, and don’t they have to declare an interest in it and recuse themselves from the vote?

  5. Read some science. Fly over the melting glaciers of Austria and Switzerland. Then stick your head back in the sand.

  6. The Catholic Church has been ahead of many Christian denominations on this issue as well as many things related to science, going back to John PaulII. Although, as a Catholic, I may have disagreed with both John Paul II and Benedict on many things, in this area they were right on.

    The Church accepted evolution as fact several decades ago. It has been talking about climate change for a long time as well. It is for immigration reform and against the death penalty. It was against the Iraq war.

    Yes, it’s attitudes about women and homosexuality are still wrong, but it is showing signs of change on both those fronts.

    The key belief, as it impacts the attitude towards climate change, is how the Church views man’s relation to the world. Fundamentalist Christians say that God gave man dominion over the world, which means man can do whatever they want. The Catholic Church views “dominion” differently. It views it as meaning stewardship over the world, protecting the world.

  7. Frankly, it seems deeply immoral to me that representatives who people trust to do the right thing are actually taking money from fossil fuel companies. This website https://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=E01
    has John Boehner down as receiving 644,089 – how could he then be expected to make a moral decision uncorrupted by money? Is his salary not enough for him? Who does he really represent? Perhaps a moral wake-up call from his spiritual leader is not a bad thing. Who knows, perhaps he will go the whole Christian hog and give away all his money to people who are struggling?

  8. Let me see now.
    Is this the same guy who believes that Adam and Eve were the first two humans and that their son went to another land to get married (presumably to a human not closely related)?
    Does he hear voices speaking to him, claiming to be God? Apparently invisible people up in the sky are no problem to this thinking either.
    Is he the one who believes in a book which quotes God as saying, “And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together.” and then later claims God is merciful (Deut. 32:4)?
    Is this the man who believes that the mother of Jesus was a virgin at the time of his birth?
    Yup. This is the person who should be trusted to be ultra rational and make wise scientific decisions on behalf of mankind.

  9. Time to awaken -I keep writing that we are heading to witness huge increases in natural catastrophes by fire, wind, flash floods/snows, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions. Our earth is showing clear signs of stress. Global Warming and Climate Change is top agenda in the media. CO2 emission is visualized as primary cause. However, for decades I have a different point of view. I believe it is emerging out of stress on PRINCIPLE AND DESIGN by which earth strives to maintain ENERGY and MATTER and thus temperature of earth. The exponential increases in heat of the environment, intrusion into the night cycle of nature and reckless destruction of forest all are stressing earth to her critical limit.it is time to awaken and act – please read and forward the article – https://www.scribd.com/doc/248327805/Truth-About-Climate-Change-How-It-is-Unfolding-and-Can-We-Survive

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