Catholic Skeptics cry foul at Pope Francis’ stance on Climate Change

francisSince his first sermon about two years ago, Pope Francis has spoken about the need to protect the planet as part of a broad message on the environment. His preaching has also caused little controversy so far.

Now, the pope has already prepared a major encyclical, which will stress the need of addressing global warming which is caused by humans. Conservative Catholic skeptics have been crying foul at the pope’s stand on the issue.

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and some other organizations hosted a summit on Tuesday at the Vatican. The summit was named ‘Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development’. It was to help strengthen the global consensus on the climate change issue.

Efforts by the pope and the organizations are part of the Vatican’s plan to influence Climate Change conference of United Nation, which is going to be held in Paris this year. In the last month of the year, delegates of different countries will meet in Paris to decide legally-binding protocols to protect the climate.

For Catholic conservatives, the pope’s progressive views represent a challenge that some critics think that the pope has been moving from the theological realm to the political. According to experts, there is no doubt that Francis has the capability to spread his voice farther than his predecessor.

Bruce Morrill, the Edward A. Malloy professor of Catholic studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, said that the pope may get a hearing on the issue that previous popes did not have. Morrill is also a Catholic priest. On Monday, conservative groups held a press conference where they criticized the pope’s stand on the environment.

Christopher Monckton, a devoted Catholic who has long been a leader climate skeptic movement, said, “You demean the office that you hold and you demean the church whom it is your sworn duty to protect and defend and advance. Stand back and listen to both sides, and do not take sides in politics.”

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    GR82DRV

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    Pope Francis is playing with fire if he believes he can make an alliance with the AGW movement. Clearly the Catholic church is being played so that AGW political activists can use it as cover for their own non-Christian philosophy.

    The Pope ought to be a man who seeks truth and light , while the entire AGW movement is covered in deception and even protected by threats. This is no place to mix faith and politics.

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      JayPee

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      He’s about to make an ass of himself ( Maybe a talking mule ? ).

      He’s about to expose the absolute irrelevance of his church.

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    DGSchroder

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    I don’t know if this is valid everywhere, but it is glaringly obvious around Alberta. The christian denominations that make a big effort to be “progressive” on issues like the environment are closing churches often as their attendance numbers dwindle. The churches that focus on christianity are building more and more buildings because they are outgrowing their existing buildings.

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    GR82DRV

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    It’s no secret that as scandals unfold and rigid doctrines clash with reality, the Catholic church has suffered, becoming less relevant while losing huge numbers of practitioners.

    Perhaps this is a play to reverse the trend and attract progressives into the fold. If so I think it is an epic miscalculation, because while it may attract many progressives who wish to use the church as a front, it will not draw true Christian believers into the faith.

    Progressives will kick the Catholic church to the curb as soon as they have served their purpose.

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