Pope Francis’ powerful encyclical making an urgent moral case for action to combat climate change has now been released. The earth is “our common home,” Pope Francis repeatedly says, noting that a “frank look at the facts” shows that our common home “is falling into serious disrepair.” He adds that “we are not God” and thus do not have “an unlimited right to trample his creation underfoot.” He notes the need for richer countries to put the “global common good” before their own “national interests. Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan.”
E.J. Dionne added this reminder:
Yet any who claim that Francis is ignoring the Catholic past and inventing radical new doctrines will have to reckon with the care he takes in paying homage to his predecessors, particularly Pope Benedict XVI and St. John Paul II. He cites them over and over on the limits of markets and the urgency of environmental stewardship.NPR's On Point featured past comments from Pope Francis, and an absolutely an amazing right wing caller trashing the Pope for not being a scientist and playing along with the globalists scheme for taxation! Now even the Pope is a tool of the evil Prius driving left?
For decades, the Republicans have been declaring the U.S. a Christian nation, writing laws based on their religious values, now suddenly they want us to forget that. Here are a few out-of-character comments from our religious rightwing Republican hypocrites, who are making Judas look like Jesus' best friend:
Jeb Bush questioned the pope's foray into climate science, saying "I don't think we should politicize our faith. I hope I'm not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don't get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope," Bush said. "I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm. I respect the Pope, I think he's an incredible leader, but I think it's better to solve this problem in the political realm."
"No, I'm sorry, it's a political issue," said Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources. "Most people have their minds made up on this issue so any more rhetoric about the issue doesn't really add a heck of a lot more to it."
And Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., who chairs the House spending subcommittee that deals with the environment, said: "We respect the pope's point of view, but it's not the final determination, is it?"
Rush Limbaugh condemned the pope yesterday, complaining Francis "doesn't even disguise" his Marxist beliefs about global warming.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who is Catholic and is seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said recently that “we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists,” adding, “When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, I think the church is probably not as forceful and credible.”
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told National Journal, "When you talk about unpredictable science, I have to ask where's the nexus between that and the theology of the Vatican?"
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) added, "I'm not a Catholic, but I've got a lot of friends who are, who are wondering: Why all of a sudden is he involved in this? I don't have the answer for that."