Pope Francis has made the ‘climate crisis’ a big focus of his papacy, and on Wednesday he has for only the second time issued a major ecology-focused encyclical, which is being called his strongest statement yet on the issue.
In the 7,000 word new encyclical called Laudate Deum (“Praise God”) which is certain to make climate activists like Greta Thunberg happy, he lambasted “irresponsible” Western lifestyles and big industries which are bringing to world to a “breaking point”. He went after Americans in particular.
“While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.” Genesis 16:12
“Our responses have not been adequate, while the world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point,” he wrote. “Some effects of the climate crisis are already irreversible, at least for several hundred years, such as the increase in the global temperature of the oceans, their acidification and the decrease of oxygen.”
CNN and other US mainstream publications are now lauding his blistering attack on “deniers”:
“Despite all attempts to deny, conceal, gloss over or relativize the issue, the signs of climate change are here and increasingly evident. No one can ignore the fact that in recent years we have witnessed extreme weather phenomena, frequent periods of unusual heat, drought and other cries of protest,” Francis wrote.
Ignoring the accelerating climate change process, he continued, will only advance “the probability of extreme phenomena that are increasingly frequent and intense.”
He went after the United States and its citizens in particular, while appearing to give China somewhat of a pass…
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