Pope Francis is expected to release his encyclical, or circular letter, on climate change and the negative impacts global warming has on poor communities across the globe this Thursday.
Pope’s letter is highly anticipated because many people hope that the head of the Catholic Church’s position on the controversial issue called climate change would mark the beginning of a coalition between religion and science in the battle against a common enemy.
Pope Francis is known for his straightforward approach on various issues, and he is expected to release a strong message this week because he has an insider’s view on the problems the developing world faces since he was born there.
Moreover, the Pope already sent instructions to all Catholic bishops on how to spread his message to more than one billion parishioners across the world.
The encyclical most likely would contain a theological view on the most troublesome environmental topic the world currently faces – climate change, but it may also contain a criticism of the consequences of reckless capitalism on environment and communities worldwide.
Vatican declined to disclose the contents of the papal letter, but they did say that the document was a theological one, rather than a political one. Nevertheless, just about everyone from the walled enclave within the city of Rome is curious to learn about the Pope’s position on climate change.
Vatican academicians recently said that climate change was caused by “unsustainable consumption” and deemed it a moral issue for humanity. But the stance upset climate change deniers and Conservative Catholics. They believe that the Pope could be influenced by scientists not only on climate change but also on population control controversy.
Other critics said that the head of Catholic Church’s infallibility should not be applied to science. A couple of months ago climate skeptics came to Vatican to protest and urge Pope to write in his letter that fossil fuels were “the moral choice for the developing world.”
But some scientists from Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences believe that such protests and other criticism were orchestrated by big oil interest groups and conservative Americans including the U.S. GOP.
Nevertheless, the Pope’s environmental message would most certainly target the impact of climate change on poorer communities. His interest in fighting off poverty surfaced from the first days of his pontificate when he chose his name after Saint Francis of Assisi who had been served the poor all his life. Pope Francis also pushed for some social reforms in Argentina when he served as archbishop of Buenos Aires. In 2004, he wrote in a paper that one of the key factors that fueled inequality worldwide was the “destruction of the environment.”
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