Scientists call upon Pope Francis to take the lead on climate change


mentalfloss
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Science and Religion working together for a common good.


I like it.


Scientists call upon Pope Francis to take the lead on climate change

Scientists call upon Pope Francis to take the lead on climate change

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Holy Father has the moral authority and responsibility to teach all about creation care.

Historically, the Catholic Church has been accused of being anti-science. This is a lie. The Catholic Church is pro-truth and in cases where science was not yet established, the Church has demurred or cautioned. Yet in cases where the science is established, the Church can become a powerful ally. It is for this reason that scientists are looking back toward the Church as they work on improving the future.

Pope Francis and the Catholic Church could change attitudes on an important topic.
Pope Francis and the Catholic Church could change attitudes on an important topic.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Scientists have a vision of reality that does not always include faith, however they are starting to realize that their view is a distinctly minority one and that their approaches to persuade people-and their politicians, with charts and graphs are not working. In a bid to mobilize people to change for the better, scientists are now looking to the Church. Specifically, the Roman Catholic Church with its 1.2 billion members and strong moral leadership.

Climate scientists are concerned that time is running out as the impacts of climate change are beginning to become increasingly apparent in the world. Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, erratic weather, and a slow, but steady increase in CO2, along with overall temperature increases, have scientists worried that we are changing the environment too fast for plants and animals to adapt. Rates of extinction are extraordinarily high and most scientists agree we are now in the midst of the sixth greatest mass extinction in planetary history, and the only mass extinction to occur during human tenure on the planet, according to their research.

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This is a problem because we rely on stability in the natural environment for the stability of our civilization. Stocks of fish that feed billions of people are being overfished and have reached dangerously low levels. Other natural resources are also dwindling. Land is being turned over to uses which are profitable, but not always beneficial to the people who live on or next to them.

As the saying goes, we are using people and loving things.

Until recently, scientists have taken the clinical approach and viewed this as a political problem, largely ignoring the moral imperatives that exist. Now frustrated with political processes that are all too often tainted by financial interests-corrupted by the lovers of things, they are turning to the Church, the natural lover of people.

If science wants to save the planet, it needs to persuade people that they have a moral imperative to change. Yet science does not carry moral authority, for science is simply a process-a method for calculating information with varying degrees of certainty. If we wish to talk about actual Truth and moral certainty, you need the Church.

A group of scientists have now called upon the Catholic Church to take the lead in the fight against climate change. An essay just published in the journal Science, asks that religious leaders hold the true keys to world change as opposes to politicians. They seek to enlist the help of those leaders, like Pope Francis, to advance the plans that have been stalled by financial interests and economics.

The plans they discuss are specifically related to combating climate change which brings the danger of extreme civil and social upheaval, including future conflict, as resources shift or collapse because of human mismanagement and climate change.

Explaining that the free market has failed to respond to dangers of environmental mismanagement authors, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a climate scientist at the University of California, San Diego, and Prof Sir Partha Dasgupta, an economist based at St John's College, Cambridge, wrote, "Natural and social scientists have done their part in documenting the irreversible environmental damages (albeit with large uncertainties) that we have inflicted and in spelling out specific mitigation actions.

"The transformational step may very well be a massive mobilisation of public opinion by the Vatican and other religions for collective action to safeguard the well-being of both humanity and the environment."

The professors specifically condemned the "rise of market fundamentalism and the drive for growth in profits" as the force behind "behavior that is at odds with the pursuit of the common good."

Indeed, how people conduct business, manage resources, and treat their fellow brothers and sisters is a quintessentially Christian issue. There's nothing political about it, it's a moral issue that sits squarely in the realm of the Church.

Pope Francis is believed to be putting the final touches on an encyclical about the environment. That encyclical, according to insiders, will deal heavily with climate change and how some people are reaping the benefits of the Earth without regard for the well-being of others.

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mentalfloss
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Dat pope.

He so wise.


How Pope Francis became a 'powerful new ally' in the war on climate change | Christian News on Christian Today
 
petros
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Wise one day and somebody to cut down the next? How does that work?
 
mentalfloss
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Are you accusing the pope of foul play petros?

Get ready for gerryh to come in here and layeth the smack down!


 
petros
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Am I? No cake for you!
 
mentalfloss
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Looks like our resident christians are avoiding this one like the bubonic plague.

Should've put climate change causes abortions in the OP.
 
petros
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Christians aren't Catholics and vice versa.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Christians aren't Catholics and vice versa.

ARe they muslims then?
 
DaSleeper
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Sounds like wishful thinking on the part of a Christian publisher....
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Well, when looking for a figure to lead the new religion, the Pope is an excellent role model having done it himself for around 2000 years.

Both religions are equal in fact content and requirement of faith. Personally I put more credence in the older one.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

ARe they muslims then?

Catholics are Catholics.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Looks like our resident christians are avoiding this one like the bubonic plague.

Should've put climate change causes abortions in the OP.

Oh we know GW is coming, and guess what. The 2nd world economies are not going to sacrifice much to stop or slow CO2 emissions. 1st world will make feeble efforts.
China is now putting 2 coal fired plants a week online.
Wait for the new China to start rising, that would be India.
 
petros
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We must stop the rest of the world from developing or we're all going to die?
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by Goober View Post

Oh we know GW is coming, and guess what. The 2nd world economies are not going to sacrifice much to stop or slow CO2 emissions. 1st world will make feeble efforts.
China is now putting 2 coal fired plants a week online.
Wait for the new China to start rising, that would be India.

run Forrest, run
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Christians aren't Catholics and vice versa.

That has to be one of the stupidest things I have seen you say yet.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

We must stop the rest of the world from developing or we're all going to die?


Only if we keep having kids.
 
Praxius
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"Scientists call upon Pope Francis to take the lead on climate change"

And the Pope's Solution to Climate Change?

"Have Faith."
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh View Post

That has to be one of the stupidest things I have seen you say yet.

I don't use purple. Google "catholics are not christians" sometime if you need a chuckle and want to read stupid sh-t from born yesterdays.
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

I don't use purple. Google "catholics are not christians" sometime if you need a chuckle and want to read stupid sh-t from born yesterdays.

Sorry, I should have known better.

Oh, I know all about the brainless that make those comments. I'm Catholic remember. I've been told I'm not a Christian BECAUSE I'm Catholic. I've been told that the Pope is Satan, I've been told that Catholics worship the Pope and that the Pope is considered "God" by Catholics. So much idiocy and stupidity.

On the other hand, I have run into "devout" Catholics that say the only true Christian is a Catholic. Just as brain dead as the others.
 
mentalfloss
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Lol You really get offended by that stuff eh gerry?
 
grainfedpraiboy
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It's easy to dismiss the power of a good pope but I want to remind people that pope John Paul II was possibly the single most influential person in bringing about the fall of communism. Certainly that is what his legacy will be 500 years from now and I admire the man greatly for his accomplishments in this regard.

If the current pope, who is no geopolitical slouch himself, made the environment a pillar of his papacy, particularly given that many of the victims of environmental degradation are the poorest and most defenseless, I reckon it would have a huge positive impact on the movement over the next 20 years.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalfloss View Post

Looks like our resident christians are avoiding this one like the bubonic plague.

Not all Christians are Catholics.

I'm Church of England and therefore Jesus, not the Pope (a mere mortal), is the Head of my church.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Not all Christians are Catholics.

I'm Church of England and therefore Jesus, not the Pope (a mere mortal), is the Head of my church.

No but all Catholics are Christians and I feel that those that aren't Catholic still take interest on matters of the pope.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Wise one day and somebody to cut down the next? How does that work?

For values of wise = agrees with me.