Papal Encyclical On Global Warming Gets Leaked Just Days Before Its Release

francis popeA draft of Pope Francis’ encyclical focusing on global warming has been leaked by an Italian news magazine just days ahead of its final publication. The draft has already set the Internet ablaze as newspapers say the document pushes for action to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

The Italian magazine L’Espresso leaked a draft copy of Francis’ encyclical “Be praised.” The Vatican has already come out saying this document was only an “intermediate” draft and the final text will be released Thursday.

For months, environmentalists and skeptics have waited for Francis to weigh in on global warming. If the leaked draft is any indication of what the pope will say in the final encyclical, it looks like the pope will be surging for action ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Paris set for later this year.

The draft (which is in Italian) acknowledges there’s a “very consistent scientific consensus that we are in the presence of an alarming warming of the climatic system,” according to a translation in The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal also noted Francis calls for world leaders to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through a variety of policies, including by “replacing fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy.”

In the draft, Francis does admit there are natural causes to global warming, but counters that “numerous scientific studies indicate that the greater part of global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxide and others) emitted above all due to human activity.”

But Francis also writes that poor countries should focus on poverty eradication and social development, according to encyclical text translated by the U.K. blog Bishop Bill.

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    Moose

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    Forget about the Pope or the church. They have been sooo wrong in the past.
    Flat earth, whiches, inquisition.. to name but a few.
    All they want is to keep people scared and praying to their green God.
    For thats what it is, a green belief. It has nothing to do with science at all.

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    Gator

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    Zealotry’s attacks on science and society are nothing new, this is an age old problem, and men are no smarter today than they were when this was said…

    [i]”Before we come to class and Range the Sciences, ’tis proper we should sift the merits of Knowledge, or clear it of the Disgrace brought upon it by Ignorance, wether disguised as (1.) the Zeal of the Divines, (2.) the Arrogance of Politicians, or (3.) the Errors of Men of Letters.”[/i]
    -Sir Francis Bacon, “Advancement of Learning”, 1605 (Father of the Scientific Method)

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    Pete West

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    The up and coming One World Government needs something to unite the world. The one thing that will do it is climate change, and the one person they think everyone will unite behind is the Pope. What they don’t realise is that Christians recognise the Pope as the false prohet and will not unite behind him. This means Christians will be persecuted.

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    Amber

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    Leaked or Planted ? Oldest trick in the marketing launch book .

    When the RCC starts being used as the front for climate hustle it really is unfortunate .

    Maybe in the final version he can even paraphrase his Columbia University advisor Sachs and slip in the $$800 Billion collection plate. Tax those USA citizens or maybe just some of the rich to finance that One World Government agenda and sprinkle some cash around to do good .

    Can we expect the pope to challenge the Declaration of Independence in the next draft ?

    What we are seeing is the final roll out of an agenda to intervene in the internal affairs of countries. Using scary global warming as the Trojan Horse and now religion to sell it .

    It has never been about climate it’s about control and money .

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    GR82DRV

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    Faith is of God. Religion is of man. I have both, but I keep my religion in a constant state of testing and evaluation. As soon as any church or church leader starts dictating the terms of my relationship with God it’s time to find another church.

    Unfortunately Catholicism has a history of control and manipulation of their flock, often for politics, money, or both. I wish my Catholic friends understood that salvation is [b]not[/b] exclusive to the R.C. church and that they have alternatives to this most recent wave of church-sponsored Marxism.

    No doubt, the Pope will delight the current minority of parishioners who favor the Marxist agenda of “social justice”, but he will alienate many as well. I believe he has grossly miscalculated the number of converts to the faith in response to this encyclical and doesn’t appreciate how he and his church is being used as a temporary tool for political ends.

    Catholics in the future may look back at this gesture as a grand act of papal malfeasance.

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