From the Guardian magazine ( U.K.) Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches. Pontiff hopes to inspire action at next year’s UN meeting in Paris in December after visits to Philippines and New York. A couple of excerpts:
According to Neil Thorns, head of advocacy at Cafod, said: “The anticipation around Pope Francis’s forthcoming encyclical is unprecedented. We have seen thousands of our supporters commit to making sure their MPs know climate change is affecting the poorest communities.”
However, Francis’s environmental radicalism is likely to attract resistance from Vatican conservatives and in rightwing church circles, particularly in the US – where Catholic climate sceptics also include John Boehner, Republican leader of the House of Representatives and Rick Santorum, the former Republican presidential candidate.