Pope Francis is about to release a letter on Catholic moral theology and the environment, and some Catholics on the right are fearing the worst.
With the Church’s stance on same-sex marriage and abortion, many devout American Catholics are firmly in the Republican camp. That’s a camp that often waves the climate change denial flag proudly. A leaked version of the encyclical released by Italian magazine L’espresso on Monday says that climate change is both real and a problem, which puts politically-active Catholics between a rock and a hard (and hot) place.
There is a very consistent scientific consensus indicating we’re in the presence of an alarming warming of the climactic system.
Former Senator and perennial presidential candidate Rick Santorum said last week that the pope should back off climate change. He was backed up by Catholic League President William Donahue, who doubled-down on questioning the pope’s credentials in an interview with Newsmax.
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