GOP congressman boycotting Pope Francis over climate change

  • Published on September 18th, 2015

By Jeremy Bloom

Yes, he really said this. Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Loon) takes to the pages of Townhall to explain why as a good Catholic he is Pope Francis calls dealing with climate change a moral imperativeboycotting Pope Francis – the infallible leader of his faith. You see it doesn’t matter that both science AND faith are united that climate change is real and is caused by humans, Gosar knows better.

Media reports indicate His Holiness instead intends to focus the brunt of his speech on climate change–a climate that has been changing since first created in Genesis. More troubling is the fact that this climate change talk has adopted all of the socialist talking points, wrapped false science and ideology into “climate justice” and is being presented to guilt people into leftist policies. If the Pope stuck to standard Christian theology, I would be the first in line… But when the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one.

Has Congressman Gosar actually READ his bible? Nevermind; probably not.

The earth’s climate has been changing since God created it, with or without man. On that, we should all agree. In Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment (written with the consultation of that great seminary the EPA and its embattled head Gina McCarthy), he condemned anyone skeptical of the link between human activity and climate change and adopted the false science being propagated by the Left. If the Pope wants to devote his life to fighting climate change then he can do so in his personal time. But to promote questionable science as Catholic dogma is ridiculous.

I’m guessing Gosar hasn’t actually read the Pope’s encyclical, either. If he had, he might have seen references to previous statements on the environment by these well-known lefties:

  • Pope Paul VI – “Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of destroying it and becoming in turn a victim of this degradation”
  • Pope John Paul II – Human beings frequently seem “to see no other meaning in their natural environment than what serves for immediate use and consumption.”
  • Pope Benedict XVI – Called for “eliminating the structural causes of the dysfunctions of the world economy and correcting models of growth which have proved incapable of ensuring respect for the environment.”

So Pope Francis’ encyclical is not exactly coming out of left field. As it were.

Rep Gosar is out of touch with Catholic teaching, and he’s out of touch with Catholics as well:

  • A Pew Research study showed more than 60 percent of US Catholics believe global warming is caused by humans and is a serious problem.
  • (But among Catholic Republicans that figure drops to just 25 percent.)
  • And a July AP-NORC survey shows that 64 percent of Catholics believe it’s appropriate for the Pope to take a stand on global warming.

As a side note, EPA head McCarthy is only embattled in the sense that Congressman Gosar has launched a one-man crusade against her.

Why is it that some folks are all in favor of people speaking their religious conscience – but only as long as they agree with them?

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About the Author

Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.