Former Vice President Al Gore told a Catholic priest that tackling man-made global warming is “not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual issue” during a town hall event on CNN Tuesday night.
“I’m a Protestant, but I can tell you because of Pope Francis I really could become a Catholic,” Gore said in response to the priest’s question.
CNN hosted a “climate crisis” town hall with Gore on Tuesday night where people could ask him questions about global warming. Gore’s newest film “An Inconvenient Sequel” had its limited release Friday.
CNN promoted Gore’s town hall event by flooding the front page of its website with “grim” global warming coverage. The news network highlighted two studies that came to “a grim conclusion on climate,” finding global warming could bring on “extinctions and super droughts.”
“He is really an amazing spiritual leader, and one way to answer your question would be for people in all faith traditions to read Laudato Si, the from Pope Francis, which really addressed the question that you’re asking here,” Gore said.
Gore said he read Pope Francis’s encyclical on global warming with his daughter who runs the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
“I was taught in my church that the purpose of life is to glorify God, and if we are heaping contempt onto God’s creation then we’re not living up to the duty that God is calling us to,” Gore said.
“The way we live our lives is definitely connected to this. It’s not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual issue,” he said.
— CNN (@CNN) August 2, 2017
This isn’t the first time Gore has invoked religion when talking about global warming.
Gore told Interview magazine in June that “God intends for us to open our eyes and take responsibility for the moral consequences of our actions.” Gore said, “if we choose to use the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding our planet as an open sewer for 110-million tons of global-warming pollution every day, the consequences are attributable to us.”
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