Pope Francis: Climate Change Skepticism Is ‘Perverse’

Humanity is currently experiencing a “climate emergency,” Pope Francis said while decrying denial of human-induced climate change as a perverse attitude that endangers all.

“We need a conversation that unites us all, because the environmental challenge we are experiencing, and its human roots, affects us all,” Francis said in a statement to the COP23 UN Climate Change summit taking place this week in Bonn, Germany.

Four “perverse” attitudes that obstruct the quest for concrete solutions to the problem of climate change “range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation, or blind trust in technical solutions,” he said.

These perverse attitudes, Francis said, “certainly do not help honest research and sincere and fruitful dialogue on building the future of our planet: denial, indifference, resignation and trust in inadequate solutions.”

In his message, the Pope said that climate change is “one of the most worrisome phenomena that humanity is facing,” while praising the Paris Accord on reducing carbon dioxide as a “historic” agreement.

The agreement, he said, “indicates a clear transition path towards an economic development model of low- or zero-carbon consumption, encouraging solidarity and taking advantage of the close links between the fight against climate change and that against poverty.”

This transition was further prompted by the current “climate emergency,” which calls for greater commitment from the nations of the world, he said.

The Pope encouraged those meeting in Bonn, describing the proceedings as an “important phase of the Paris agreement.”

“In such a process it is necessary to keep the willingness to cooperate high,” he said.

While technical solutions to the problem of climate change are necessary, the Pope said, they are “not sufficient” without taking into consideration “the ethical and social aspects and impacts of the new paradigm of development.”

The Pope told the participants that they have a “serious responsibility to act without delay, in the freest way possible in relation to political and economic pressures, overcoming particular interests and behavior.”

The Pope ended his message by expressing his hope that the members of the conference will “consolidate the willingness to adopt truly effective decisions to combat the phenomenon of climate change.”

Last June, President Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, saying that it gravely disadvantaged American workers.

The U.S. will immediately “cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country,” he said.

“This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States,” he said.

Not long after, the World Council of Churches (WCC) censured the President for his decision, stating that the move “has grave consequences for the impoverished and vulnerable, for our children’s children, and for the entire planet, putting at risk people’s access to clean water, food, shelter and secure livelihoods, and undermining efforts for environmental sustainability and for peace.”

In assessing the reactions to the President’s decision, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said the hysterical response showed that it had become “an issue of almost religious belief” to the Left, while Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), said that Trump’s decision was a “dishonor” to God.

Last month, the prestigious Lancet journal revealed that pollution-related diseases were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015, or some 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence combined.

While to date there has not been a single documented case of a person being killed by carbon dioxide related “global warming,” real pollution of air, water and land is killing an average of 25,000 people every day across the globe.

Pollution is not only the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today, the study in the UK-based journal found, but diseases caused by pollution are responsible for roughly 16 percent of all deaths worldwide—“three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence.”

Despite the immense devastation wrought by pollution, the powerful of the world seem determined to ignore it in favor of an ideologically driven crusade against “global warming.”

“Despite its substantial effects on human health, the economy, and the environment, pollution has been neglected, especially in low-income and middle-income countries, and the health effects of pollution are under-estimated in calculations of the global burden of disease,” the Lancet stated.

This health damage from pollution “has particularly been overlooked in both the international development and the global health agendas,” the report declared.

While the Paris Climate Accord deals at length with reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it never once mentions the word “pollution” in the entire 27-page document.

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    Gator

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    Why does this Pope hate poor brown people?

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    Amber

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    Ironic that the top banana at the Catholic Church has the nerve to call out anyone as being perverse . Speaking of deniers take a look in the mirror .Unchecked perverts move around and Nazi enablers not to mention millions killed because of religious induced wars for centuries .
    What does the church have against a greening planet to help feed the poor and reliable sources of energy to lift people out of poverty .
    Hooking up with bankrupt Hollywood promoters is really rather sad .
    Church better hope they get a big slice of any carbon tax cake
    to settle the lawsuits from victims of the abuse .
    A call for “truly effective decisions to combat the phenomenon of climate change ” . Gee I wonder what those could be $$$ ?
    Is climate change really a “phenomenon ” ? Is God a “phenomenon “?
    People that have access to clean water and affordable energy care more about the environment because they are no longer worrying about were their next meal is coming from or freezing . The solution is not blowing $trillions on corporate welfare schemes for intermittent power that actually isn’t always as green as its sold to be .
    No wonder people would rather play video games than listen to hypocrites trying to clean out their pockets .

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    Gator

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    The Catholic Church did not enable the Nazis, this is a lie created by atheists to undermine religion. And our public schools house many more pedophiles than the church.

    Amber, do not blame religion for the sins of men. Jesus taught us to love one another, anyone who does not practice what Christ taught is obviously not following the religion He founded.

    I cannot stand this Pope, because he is going against the teachings of Christ.

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      Sonnyhill

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      Hitler went after those who put God before his National Socialist imperative. The Vatican acquiesced, or else.

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        Gator

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        BS.

        The Vatican fought against the Nazi takeover of the church. Pope Pius XII said in his first encyclical that the invasion of Poland was an “hour of darkness”, he maintained links to the German resistance, and was the only>/i> world leader to denounce Nazi crimes against Jews in his 1942 Christmas address. Pius also shared intelligence with the allies and employed Vatican Radio to speak out against Nazi atrocities.

        I have a file on this at home, and could go on, if need be.

        It is an outright lie that the Pope or the Vatican sided with, or even tolerated the Nazis.

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          Sonnyhill

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          Words are cheap, nudge nudge wink wink. Only bombs to hit Catholic cathedrals came from Lancasters. The Pope wasn’t stupid, he tangoed with Benito and the Fuehrer.

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            Gator

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            BS. I have provided the refutation to bigoted claims.

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            plusaf

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            I wonder if Gator has seen the photos of the priests who were supportive of Adolph?….
            Nah, either probably not or described as “Fake News”… from 70+ years ago…
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    JayPee

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    Better to keep one’s mouth shut and look stupid
    than to open it and remove all doubt
    Mark Twain

    The DOPE apparently has never read Mark Twain.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Satan could’nt be more happy with his Pope Francis of al popes he is a child of the Beast

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    Gator

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    … he is a child of the Beast.

    I could not agree more.

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      Sonnyhill

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      So how did he rise through the ranks of Catholicism? He is a product of the church, yes?

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        Gator

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        Francis is a product of his environment. Communism swept over Central and South America following WWII, and as is always the case, leftists infiltrated the church to try and take control of the masses.

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    G

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    It seems that the word, “perverse” should be the last choice in the Catholic lexicon. The Catholic system has bred pedophilia and other corruptions within its ranks. Unfortunately, this pope’s hypocrisy is only exceeded by his love of Socialism. A sad state.

    That said, only fools would ever look to faith or religion for perfection as proof of validity. The underlying premise of Christianity is acknowledgment of profound human brokenness. Expecting human perfection is very different than criticizing hypocrisy and corruption.

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      Sonnyhill

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      So his holy popeness is fallible after all.

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        G

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        Yes! Incredibly. One of the fundamental failures of Catholicism is to teach that any human is infallible.

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    David Lewis

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    The Pope does not have the back ground to understand the technical issues of AGW. He is obviously being controlled by people behind the scenes who are pulling his strings. That doesn’t mean that the Pope isn’t at fault. Good leaders pick good advisers. Bad leaders pick bad advisers.

    I would really be upset if I were catholic. In making a fool of himself, and as the leader of the church, he discredits the entire church.

    It is astounding just how far fetched some of the lies are. He said that pulling out of the Paris Treaty “gravely disadvantaged American workers.” It is well known even among environmentalist that just the opposite is true. That is a big reason the world is so upset with President Trump’s action. They know their countries are handicapped by following the climate change and now they must compete with the US that doesn’t have that handicap.

    Another whopper of a lie was in an article coving COP 23. It said that renewables were as cheap as natural gas and cheaper than coal. If that were true no treaty, ban on coal, or anything else would be necessary. The free market would replace coal with renewables.

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      Sonnyhill

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      I can’t see any left-wing ideologues citing free-market principles. Not even the rich lefties .

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    Spurwing Plover

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    It seems to me he is violating two of the Ten Comandments THOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GOD BEFORE ME and THOU SHALT NOT LIE

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    Edmonton Al

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    Is it not true that the RC Church controlled by the Vatican is one of the wealthiest organizations in the world?
    If so, how much are they contributing to the global environment fund?
    It seems to me that they only take in money.

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    amirlach

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    “Pope Francis: Climate Change Skepticism Is ‘Perverse’.”

    Science is by it’s very nature Skeptical. Every single prediction made by the cLIEmate Cult has been invalidated by observations. Kinda like that whole Earth at the center of the universe thing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialogue_Concerning_the_Two_Chief_World_Systems

    Seems not much has changed in the Vatican since the 1600’s. Still on the wrong side of history and science.

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      Gator

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      The Catholic Church has been one of the most prolific patrons of science in history…

      The relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and science is a widely debated subject. Historically, the Church has often been a patron of sciences. It has been prolific in the foundation of schools, universities and hospitals, and many clergy have been active in the sciences. Historians of science such as Pierre Duhem credit medieval Catholic mathematicians and philosophers such as John Buridan, Nicole Oresme, and Roger Bacon as the founders of modern science.

      Catholic scientists, both religious and lay, have led scientific discovery in many fields.[4] From ancient times, Christian emphasis on practical charity gave rise to the development of systematic nursing and hospitals and the Church remains the single largest private provider of medical care and research facilities in the world.[5] Following the Fall of Rome, monasteries and convents remained bastions of scholarship in Western Europe and clergymen were the leading scholars of the age – studying nature, mathematics, and the motion of the stars (largely for religious purposes).[6] During the Middle Ages, the Church founded Europe’s first universities, producing scholars like Robert Grosseteste, Albert the Great, Roger Bacon, and Thomas Aquinas, who helped establish the scientific method.[7] During this period, the Church was also a great patron of engineering for the construction of elaborate cathedrals. Since the Renaissance, Catholic scientists have been credited as fathers of a diverse range of scientific fields: Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829) prefigured the theory of evolution with Lamarckism, Friar Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) pioneered genetics, and Fr Georges Lemaitre (1894-1966) proposed the Big Bang cosmological model.[8] The Jesuits have been particularly active, notably in astronomy. Church patronage of sciences continues through elite institutions like the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Vatican Observatory.[

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_and_the_Catholic_Church

      Blame the Pope, not the church.

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        Sonnyhill

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        Obviously, whoever banned birth control was no scientist.
        Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul 1 are personal heroes.

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          Gator

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          So a scientist cannot value human life? I bet slave owners felt about the same.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    The persiction of Galileo was becuase in the sin of Ignorance Pope John Paul II at least granted him a Pardon admiting he(Galileo)was right and the church was wrong

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    Gator

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    I wonder if plusaf would recognize bigoted fake news from a hole in the ground?

    Men, like the Pope, are fallible. I wonder if plusaf knows how many people atheists killed in the 20th century, or if he even knows that Hitler was a devout atheist?

    Nah! Blinded by his own bigotry.

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