Pope as radical environmentalist?:
In his strongest declaration yet about climate change, Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is “mostly” man-made.
He also said he has nearly finished writing an encyclical on climate change to be published in June that he hopes will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris in December to make “courageous” decisions to protect God’s creation.
“I don’t know if it (human activity) is the only cause, but mostly, in great part, it is man who has slapped nature in the face,” Francis told reporters Thursday aboard the Papal plane en route from Sri Lanka to Manilla, Philippines. “We have in a sense taken over nature.”
“I think we have exploited nature too much,” he added, mentioning practices like deforestation and monoculture. “Thanks be to God that today there are voices, so many people who are speaking out about it.”
Go here to read the rest. The Pope’s musings about the environment will no doubt cheer radical environmentalists, and no doubt depress those who believe that nature was made for man and not the other way around. What will no doubt be lost sight of is the fact that the Pope’s opinions about the environment, when such opinions deal with matters of facts and science, are not infallible and are not binding on Catholics. In short they are his opinions and to be given no greater weight or deference than such opinions are due when voiced by a non Papal source.