The Pope’s power and huge influence could have a great saying with the document he will be presenting to the United Nations climate meeting to be held in December, in Paris. The document, called encyclical, stands for the most valued and necessary papal teachings and it is written by the pope together with his catholic advisers.
Pope Francis is continuing the speeches of his predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI who have also pointed that climate change is undergoing trough a crisis and measure need to be taken. During his speech from 1990, pope John Paul the 2nd state that catholics were obliged by the nature of their religion to protect the planet as it is God’s creation. Due to his constant fights for the environment, Pope Benedict XVI was had been proclaimed “the Green Pope”. He made efforts to electrically power the Vatican with solar energy.
Pope Francis has already expressed his concerns related to the climate change and has partly blamed humans activities, them being the factor that “slapped nature in the face”.
Other catholic leaders are sustaining the pope. In September, Cardinal Pietro Parolin spoke at an Unite Nations, climate summit from New York, about the immediate necessity of nations world wide to act upon the environment situation Earth has been facing.
He was followed in November, by the Argentinian Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Coronado, who confessed during a speech in London, that in order to find a solution, society has to change its values from the way economy is practiced to the way we handle poverty and the environment.
Even so, Pope Francis is the one who will established what will be written in the document. He has already sent a draft to be revised by Vatican officials. In March the catholic leader, will take some time to review the suggestions of the Vatican and will finish the document, which after will be translated into more languages and released in the summer.
The Pope’s decision to make global warming a world wide political necessity, has brought upon the disapproval of many American conservatives.
Conservative, chief economist, of The Heritage, Steve Moore, stated that the pope’s policy is a total disaster. His environment views but also the ones on the economy will just make things worse with people being poorer with less liberty. A blogger from the Catholic journal website, First Things, blamed Pope Francis for using religious propaganda towards the climate
Theologian, David Cloutier, at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland stated that these reactions are caused by the fear that the document might contain definitive decisions that will put them in a difficult situation.
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