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Will The Pope Change Views On Climate?

The Pope is releasing an encyclical stating that climate change is real, and caused by human activity. Will the Pope's strong stance convince climate change deniers? 

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last 24 hours | washingtonpost
How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight - Washington Post

"...It marked the latest blow for those seeking to stop the reform-minded train that has become Francis's papacy. It is one that has reinvigorated liberal Catholics even as it has sowed the seeds of resentment and dissent inside and outside the Vatican's ancient walls.Yet the battle lost over climate change also suggests how hard it may be for critics to blunt the power of a man who has become something of a juggernaut in an institution where change tends to unfold over decades, even centuries. More than anything, to those who doubt the human impact of global warming, the position staked out by Francis in his papal document, known as an encyclical, means a major defeat...." see full article


910 days ago | nytimes
The Pope and Climate Change

"...Although the Vatican has not said so, Pope Francis must surely have intended the document as a nudge to individual governments; Brazil, for instance, has a large Catholic population and may see his words as cover for what could be unpopular policies to limit development and the clearing of forests for agricultural purposes a restriction that is essential to any effective climate policy.Sadly, the encyclical, compelling as it is, is unlikely to have a similarly positive effect on American politics. The Republican presidential candidates, on the whole, have avoided discussing climate change, at least when they're not dismissing it completely as an issue. Meanwhile, in Congress, by straight party-line votes, both the House and Senate appropriations committees have passed bills that would make it impossible for President Obama to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants the centerpiece of the strategy he intends to present to the negotiators in Paris...." see full article


912 days ago | nytimes
The Pope and Climate Change - New York Times

"...Although the Vatican has not said so, Pope Francis must surely have intended the document as a nudge to individual governments; Brazil, for instance, has a large Catholic population and may see his words as cover for what could be unpopular policies to limit development and the clearing of forests for agricultural purposes a restriction that is essential to any effective climate policy.Continue reading the main storySadly, the encyclical, compelling as it is, is unlikely to have a similarly positive effect on American politics. The Republican presidential candidates, on the whole, have avoided discussing climate change, at least when they're not dismissing it completely as an issue. Meanwhile, in Congress, by straight party-line votes, both the House and Senate appropriations committees have passed bills that would make it impossible for President Obama to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants the centerpiece of the strategy he intends to present to the negotiators in Paris...." see full article


912 days ago | realclearpolitics
Pope's Climate Letter Puts Catholic Candidates on Spot

"...The 192-page encyclical is Pope Francis' first major public statement on climate change, a move that could put him at odds with Republican voters and their presidential candidates, many of whom disagree that climate change is a man-made phenomenon requiring as most Democrats argue government action.U.S. Catholics are divided over the issue, according to a Pew Research Center survey released this week. While a majority of respondents believe the Earth is getting warmer, they are split on the seriousness and causes of that change. The poll found that 47 percent of Catholics and just 24 percent of Catholic Republicans believe the Earth's warming is caused by human activity. Similar percentages for both groups say global warming is a very serious problem. ..." see full article


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913 days ago | realclearpolitics
Pope Keeps the Faith on Climate Change

"...Before he became vice president, environmentalist Al Gore wrote likewise. In his book "Earth in the Balance," Gore warned of a "dysfunctional civilization" ruined by an unsatisfiable hunger that pushes people to over-consume resources -- trees, water, minerals -- until they are "addicted to the consumption of the earth itself."To true believers, the most important thing is not whether people stop contributing to greenhouse gases but that they believe they should. Note enviros' crusade against scientists who deviate from climate change orthodoxy -- also known as "deniers."The environmental movement has a lot in common with the Vatican. If you say that you believe in climate change, your work is done. If you doubt, you could be excommunicated...." see full article


913 days ago | theverge
Pope calls on the world to fight climate change crisis - The Verge
"...It will be difficult for Catholics politicians, perhaps, withstanding to ignore the Pope's words. The essay took the form of an encyclical, the second most authoritative form of papal address. Past encyclicals have been used to outline the Church's stance on important issues, such as denouncing the policies of the Third Reich and reaffirming its rejection of birth control. And while encyclicals are not necessarily infallible (statements made under the aegis of papal infallibility are incredibly rare and pertain only to matters of faith), they should, at least, give faithful Catholics pause for thought...." see full article


913 days ago | nytimes
Pope's Views on Climate Change Add Pressure to Catholic Candidates - New York Times

"...Like many Republicans, Mr. Bush and Mr. Rubio have questioned or denied the established science of human-caused climate change, and have harshly criticized policies designed to tax or regulate the burning of fossil fuels. Both of their campaigns have courted influential and deep-pocketed donors, such as the billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch, who vehemently oppose such climate policies.But the papal encyclical could put Catholics who question that established climate science in a tough position, particularly in a year in which at least five Catholics may run for the Republican presidential nomination. Besides Mr. Bush, Mr. Rubio and Rick Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania who has also declared his candidacy, the field could include Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey...." see full article


914 days ago | msnbc
The Pope may drop political bombshell on climate change - MSNBC

"...Folks, this is turning into a potentially big political story. Pope Francis says most climate change is due to human activity and calls it one of the most important moral issues facing society, according to a draft leaked Monday of his long-awaited encyclical on global warming, USA Today notes. The 191-page draft says the problem needs urgent action and is a key issue related to development and poverty. The leaked draft in Italian was posted online Monday by L'Espresso magazine, prompting consternation from the Vatican. The final document is scheduled to be released Thursday. The Vatican asked journalists to respect professional standards and await the final text. ..." see full article


915 days ago | nj
Pope Francis has authority to speak on climate change, NJ's Revolutionary War ... - NJ.com
"...Well, the scientists have spoken and an overwhelming 97 percent of them happen to concur with the Pope that climate change is occurring now and it is caused by human activity. Just who are they to tell the Pope what to say? With its threat to affect the lives, health and welfare of billions of people, now and for generations to come, climate change is absolutely within the moral and leadership responsibilities of the Pope. I have the utmost respect for this Pope for his bold stance...." see full article


915 days ago | nationaljournal
Joe Biden Praises Pope Francis' Call for Climate Action - National Journal
"...The encyclical a rare and influential Vatican statement calls for global action to halt Earth's rising temperatures and urges the developed world to aid poor nations in the fight against climate change. The Vatican will officially unveil the encyclical Thursday."I want to give credit to the impetus that religious communities have brought to this issue," Biden said, applauding evangelical faith leaders such as Jim Wallis, as well as Francis."Encyclicals are ... only issued on what the church thinks are incredibly important initiatives," Biden said, adding: "There's a consensus growing. As I said this doesn't only have a moral component to it, it has a security component to it, as well as it has an economic component to it."Biden's remarks came at the conclusion of a White House clean energy summit highlighting more than $4 billion in private sector investment and executive actions aimed at sparking clean energy innovation...." see full article


915 days ago | motherjones
Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical Just Leaked. Here's What ...

"...He immediately makes clear, moreover, that unlike previous encyclicals, this one is directed to everyone, regardless of religion. "Faced with the global deterioration of the environment, I want to address every person who inhabits this planet," the pope wrote. "In this encyclical, I especially propose to enter into discussion with everyone regarding our common home."According to the leaked document, the pope will praise the global ecological movement, which has "already traveled a long, rich road and has given rise to numerous groups of ordinary people that have inspired reflection."In a surprisingly specific and unambiguous passage, the draft rejects outright "carbon credits" as a solution to the problem. It says they "could give rise to a new form of speculation and would not help to reduce the overall emission of polluting gases." On the contrary, the pope wrote, it could help "support the super-consumption of certain countries and sectors."..." see full article


916 days ago | usatoday
Scientists say pope may be the key player on climate change

"...Scientists weary after years of often vicious opposition by doubters of their climate-change findings see this year as crucial to the planet's future because of a religious document expected from Pope Francis on Thursday.The rare encyclical, or teaching letter, expected to promote climate action as a moral imperative could do more to slow global warming than international negotiations this year to limit greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say."The encyclical is going to go out to over 1 billion Catholics that's a way of getting a message across to a segment of society that the scientific community could never do," said an excited Jeff Kiehl with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. "I mean it's just unbelievable."..." see full article


916 days ago | nytimes
Pope Francis May Find Wariness Among U.S. Bishops on Climate ...

"...Their wariness is one of many signs of the challenges Pope Francis faces with American Catholic leaders, who are more cautious and politically conservative than he seems to be on certain issues. Most in this current generation of bishops were appointed and shaped by Francis' more conservative predecessors, Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II.The bishops represent 51 million Catholics constituting the country's largest single church and with their influential lobbying arm in Washington, they affect public opinion not just in the pews, but also in statehouses and Congress.In recent years, they have devoted their time and resources to fighting against abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception and for religious exceptions, vouchers for religious schools and the rights of immigrants. They found common cause with Republican politicians and evangelicals, and attended conferences hosted by conservative and libertarian think tanks where the bishops became acquainted with those who argue against the evidence that climate change is caused by human activity...." see full article


917 days ago | breitbart
Climate Expert: Marxists, Global Warming Extremists Control Vatican - Breitbart News
"...Bannon asked Monckton why does he believe Pope Francis is getting involved in the climate change movement, which he is about to justify in a Vatican encyclical this week. Monckton explained that if one looks at the book of Genesis ( with dominion over the earth comes responsibility ) and heroes of the church like St. Francis of Assisi, taking care of the earth has always been part of established Catholic social teachings. Nothing new in any of that. But what happened was a communist managed to get control of the pontifical academies of sciences and social sciences Bishop Marcelo S nchez Sorondo. According to Monckton, Sorondo is an out and out marxist who decided that climate change was useful to marxism. Monckton said that Sorondo could care less whether climate change is true or not. He ignored information from the Vatican's most influential scientists demonstrating that global warming was more theoretical than empirical...." see full article


917 days ago | nytimes
Pope Francis to Explore Climate's Effect on World's Poor - New York Times

"...Francis, the first pope from the developing world, clearly wants the document to have an impact: Its release comes during a year with three major international policy meetings, most notably a United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December. This month, the Vatican sent notifications to bishops around the world with instructions for spreading the pope's environmental message to the more than one billion Catholics worldwide.By wading into the environment debate, Francis is seeking to redefine a secular topic, one usually framed by scientific data, using theology and faith. And based on Francis' prior comments, and those of influential cardinals, the encyclical is also likely to include an economic critique of how global capitalism, while helping lift millions out of poverty, has also exploited nature and created vast inequities...." see full article


918 days ago | theguardian
Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate ...

"...However, Francis's radicalism is attracting resistance from Vatican conservatives and in rightwing church circles, particularly in the US where Catholic climate sceptics also include John Boehner, Republican leader of the House of Representatives, and Rick Santorum, a Republican presidential candidate.Earlier this year Stephen Moore, a Catholic economist, called the pope a complete disaster , saying he was part of a radical green movement that is at its core anti-Christian, anti-people and anti-progress .Moore was backed this month by scientists and engineers from the powerful evangelical Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, who have written an open letter to Francis. Today many prominent voices call humanity a scourge on our planet, saying that man is the problem, not the solution. Such attitudes too often contaminate their assessment of man's effects on nature, it says...." see full article



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