June 18, 2015

Question of the day: Should the Pope chime in on climate change?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

Pope Francis calls for decisive action in the first Papal document on the environment.

So I hit the streets to see if you think the head of the Catholic Church should chime in on climate change.


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commented 2015-06-20 00:43:05 -0400

This is the first time we had a pope that doesn’t bullshit with people and tells the truth. There is a reason why this guy is so loved by the religious AND agnostics/atheists. While I will never share his faith, he is the best thing to come along in decades when it comes to shaking things up – even religion has to evolve and adapt, like it always has.
commented 2015-06-19 22:34:46 -0400
FUZcK Jimmys an abhorrent retard. My God. You have absolutely no faith but support the catholic pope as soon as it suits your agenda. It’s not real. GET OFF MY PLANET
commented 2015-06-19 11:11:26 -0400
It’s obvious from the interviews that there are too many people who don’t think for themselves, but just jump on the bandwagon….for the “popular cause” of the day. Just 20 Years ago, the SAME alleged “scientists” were going on about the coming Ice Age….and when they couldn’t get any money for THAT, found a scape-goate in the gas that Plants consume and need to grow….Carbon Dioxide. WOW…lots of money there…even though the CO2 levels are climbing, but the temperatures are NOT. The Sea isn’t rising any more than it has for the past 200 years…same rate….a few Millimetres per year…NOT the “20 feet, gonna flood New York” that Al Gore and his ilk were screaming about 10 years ago. The Polar Ice caps have NOT ‘“melted”…the Polar Bears population is larger than ever…..and NOAA and NASA’s reaction to THAT…and the slowing of MONEY…was to “adjust upwards” the historical temperature Data Sets for the past 100 years…until it met their “desired outcome”…that is: to show a warming trend. …one that doesn’t exist. THAT is not “science” ..it’s POLITICS. I would suggest that Pope Francis, a nice, simple chap….should use his influence with the Almighty to influence the alleged “Climate Change”…..as God is the ONLY way that the “Climate” will EVER change out of its NORMAL CYCLICAL NATURE….changing by ITSELF, for the past 4.5 BILLION Years…whether MAN is here or …..NOT.
commented 2015-06-19 02:03:51 -0400
CORRECTION of the statement below: Galileo agreed with Copernicus concerning the sun and the earth’s orbit . The church’s teaching was based on the teachings of Bible, Greek philosophers and the visual interpretation of relative motion.
commented 2015-06-19 01:47:59 -0400
It is true as Eric Moles presented below, that Galileo presented his views as a fact. However, it is also true the church presented their view as a fact, and so the power struggle began. The church had little experience with science staging a challenge to their interpretation of the Bible. Galileo had his telescope and so contradicted the idea that the sun circled around the earth – the Copernicus Theory. Also, he had proven to some church leaders that two objects of the same shape, but of different weights would fall at the same rate: eg- an orange and a grape (which did not gain him much favor in the eyes of the church). Up to this point it was believed (as a fact) the heavier object would fall faster. By showing this to be true by simple demonstration, he set at odds dogma versus the scientific method.
commented 2015-06-19 00:29:09 -0400
Sam: the reason Galileo ran afoul of the Inquisition was because he presented his scientific position as fact rather than as an hypothesis when he could not prove it as fact at the time. This discipline over science would serve us well today as we have global warming scientists saying the science is settled when its becoming clear it is not. We also have social scientists claiming their gender theory as fact and will ultimately harm many people.
commented 2015-06-18 23:39:39 -0400
Maybe the pope should just stick to a few prayers and fix this “global warming” problem.
commented 2015-06-18 23:13:53 -0400
Anne Smith seems to have read history as interpreted by the church. I’m certainly not anti Christianity, but I am on my guard when I read history written by shills of the church. There is much information out there. What is said below is easy verifiable by secular writers who have no emotional attachment to a particular denomination. Galileo had to appear before the Inquisition, none of whom were scientists; they were theologians upholding a prevailing view of the church, but also, it was a power struggle of the time between the church and science, and for a period of time the church prevailed. The Catholic church tried for years to promoted their interpretation of this embarrassing period of history, but the progress of Gutenberg’s press slowly changed many points of view. The Pope would do well to stick to theology.
commented 2015-06-18 22:43:03 -0400
Of course he should – he did after all study science and chemistry. The morons who deny climate change could actually learn something from the Pope, who clearly knows more than they do.
commented 2015-06-18 19:51:07 -0400
Re: Sam Neufeld, “one other time in history when the papacy intervened with scientist Galileo who said the earth was round. The Church said it was flat. Galileo had to recant and live under house arrest for the rest of his days”. I suggest you are falling under the misapprehension of many people today regarding Galileo and the Church. I suggest you google the controversy between Galileo and the Catholic Church so that you can obtain some insight into the facts of the issue.

I can’t help wondering why so many people, the Pope included, form opinions and then make declarations on climate change who are not climatologists! The Pope is entitled to his opinion but he doesn’t seem to realize how his words resonate around the world. Perhaps he’s suggesting (I’m hoping) the advanced societies around the world should offer their expertise to help the third world countries lower their rate of pollution. The Pope wouldn’t be the first one to confuse pollution with global warming. Isn’t that how Gore made his millions? hmmm?
commented 2015-06-18 18:54:48 -0400
He should stick to God’s word, and since he isn’t, I don’t trust him.
commented 2015-06-18 18:32:08 -0400
Maybe he should be more concerned about the corruption of the Christian church by modern social values. Oh, and maybe about the hundreds of thousands of Christians dying at the hands of ISIS.
commented 2015-06-18 18:02:56 -0400
The only person who had any knowledge in this piece was the sharp looking girl dressed in the leopard skin dress
commented 2015-06-18 17:50:29 -0400
Emily should preface her article with a stern warning that these are the opinions of people from Toronto and as such do not represent any severely normal Canadian.
commented 2015-06-18 17:49:26 -0400
Milan…well said.
The Pope is a TIT!
commented 2015-06-18 17:24:34 -0400
The Pope and Science. Since when has Pope Francis become an expert in Science and specifically, Meteorology and climate change? I assume he fully understands the consequences if there is a shift in the tilt of the earth, or if the the path of the earth’s orbit becomes less elliptical and more circular. Green house gases can’t compare to these two factor. I would like to remind Pope Francis of one other time in history when the papacy intervened with scientist Galileo who said the earth was round. The Church said it was flat. Galileo had to recant and live under house arrest for the rest of his days. He was fortunate…had he been a commoner, he’d have been burned at the stake!
commented 2015-06-18 16:58:48 -0400
How about chiming in to the daily murders of Christians in over a dozen countries around the world. DAILY.
commented 2015-06-18 16:25:50 -0400
What city is she in? I suspect Toronto. This would account for the answers.
commented 2015-06-18 16:20:14 -0400
The Pope has no business commenting on political issues. Climate change is not man made. The Medieval Warm Period from 900 to 1100 AD saw crops growing and animal husbandry in Greenland and what is now Yorkshire in England exporting wine. The temperature was far warmer then than it is today. The phony “climate change” issue is a leftist power grab by people who do not like our modern civilization.
commented 2015-06-18 16:07:15 -0400
If he were to chime in to say that it is immoral to fudge and falsify data to prove climate change, then yes!