The Catholic Church and Pope Francis in particular are wrong about a lot of things. The mishandling of scandals in their own community is unparalleled. They’re done incredible damage around the world by condemning condom use and birth control.
But when it comes to the environment, they know exactly what to say.
In the past few weeks, we’ve seen the kind of damage hurricanes can cause, and it’s readily apparent to scientists that climate change has an impact on the size and force of those natural disasters. We also know the U.S. government — Donald Trump‘s administration and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt — don’t believe humans contribute to climate change. Trump pulled us out of the Paris Agreement, and the Pruitt-run EPA scrubbed the department’s website of the phrase “climate change.”
What does the Pope have to say about all that? In an interview aboard his plane this week, he didn’t mince words about it. Inés San Martín reports for Crux:
“Those who deny climate change need to go to scientists and ask them,” Francis said. “They are clear and precise.”
Italians, instead, asked about why some are taking so long to become conscious of the impact of climate change. To this, the pope answered with an old saying from the Psalms: “Man is a stupid and hard-headed being who doesn’t see.”
Well, not all of us. But when you’re fed a steady stream of science-denialism from people well aware of how facts routinely conflict with the realities they’re trying to create, it’s no wonder that so many Republicans refuse to accept what scientists have to say.
I don’t say this often, but I hope they take the Pope’s words to heart.
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