Pope Francis: The Encyclical

(Update June 16/2015 at noon EST) Some of you will know that a leaked draft of Pope Francis’ encyclical was published yesterday.

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Here is what The Guardian had to say:

According to the lengthy draft, which was obtained and published by L’Espresso magazine, the Argentinean pope will align himself with the environmental movement and its objectives. While accepting that there may be some natural causes of global warming, the pope will also state that climate change is mostly a man-made problem.

“Humanity is called to take note of the need for changes in lifestyle and changes in methods of production and consumption to combat this warming, or at least the human causes that produce and accentuate it,” he wrote in the draft. “Numerous scientific studies indicate that the greater part of the global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases … given off above all because of human activity.”

The pope will also single out those obstructing solutions. In an apparent reference to climate-change deniers, the draft states: “The attitudes that stand in the way of a solution, even among believers, range from negation of the problem, to indifference, to convenient resignation or blind faith in technical solutions.” CLICK HERE to read full article.

More links:

Pope Francis blasts global warming deniers in leaked draft of encyclical


Some fun the week before Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated encyclical on the environment.


Why the climate is such a hot topic for Pope Francis

Angry US Republicans tell Pope Francis to ‘stick with his job and we’ll stick with ours

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