Leak of Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change Hints at Tensions in Vatican
Jim Yardley and Elisabetta Povoledo, The New York Times
Who leaked it and why? Was this the work of frustrated conservatives in the Vatican, as some experts have speculated? Does it portend big fights at a pivotal October meeting in which church officials are expected to grapple with homosexuality and divorce? Or is it just a tempest in a teapot?
Jeb Bush calls out Pope Francis on climate change
Anthony Terrell, MSNBC
“I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope,” Bush said. “And I’d like to see what he says as it relates to climate change and how that connects to these broader, deeper issue before I pass judgment. But I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm.”
Bush is latest Republican to criticize Pope Francis’ climate encyclical
Joel Connelly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Republican presidential candidate is the latest to criticize Pope Francis. Another Catholic GOP hopeful, ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, has said the church should stay focused on “what we’re really good at, theology and morality.”
Pope Francis’ climate change document aimed at hearts, says Genesis’ Sister Elizabeth Oleksak
Anne-Gerard Flynn, MassLive.com
Sister of Providence Elizabeth Oleksak, former director of Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center, believes Pope Francis’ much
anticipated teaching document on climate change will be more pastoral than political.
“Pope Calls for Action on Climate Change in Draft Encyclical”
Society of Environmental Journalists
The Vatican said the document, leaked in its Italian edition by the magazine l’Espresso, was not the final version, which would remain under embargo until its release on Thursday.
Pope Francis’ Letter on Climate Change Leaked
Andrea Thompson, Weather Underground
It is hoped by many in those communities that Francis’s message will provide a much-needed push to international climate negotiations, which have proceeded in fits and starts. A recent meeting Germany resulted in broad pronouncements of a need to phase out greenhouse gas-emitting fuels, but there is still uncertainty about an international agreement to be hammered out in December at a critical meeting in Paris.
Whodunit playing out as Vatican reels from encyclical leak
Nicole Winfield, AP
There’s something of a whodunit going on in the Vatican to discover who leaked Pope Francis’ environment encyclical to an Italian newsweekly, deflating the release of the most anticipated and feared papal document in recent times.
In it, Pope Francis puts much of the blame for global warming on human activity and calls on all humans, not just Roman Catholics, to prevent the destruction of the ecosystem before the end of the century, the BBC reports. The draft says population growth isn’t to blame for ecological problems, but rather the wasteful behaviour of the rich.
Why The Pope’s Stand On Climate Change Matters
Adam Frank, WHRO
Pope Francis appears ready to argue that since the science is long settled, it’s now time to turn the discussion about climate change in a much different direction. Now we must ask ourselves what — based on our deepest values — are we obliged to do about it?
Pope Francis’ New York visit will delay Billy Joel gig
Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News
The Billy Joel concert scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 has been bumped to the next day to make way for another headliner — the Holy Father.
“… ‘Supposing the Pope looked up and saw a cloud and said ‘It’s going to rain’, would that be bound to happen?’ ‘Oh, yes, Father.’ ‘But supposing it didn’t?’ He thought a moment and said, “I suppose it would be sort of raining spiritually, only we were too sinful to see it.'” – Fr. Mowbray, Brideshead Revisited