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    Will the Pope's encyclical affect your position on global warming?

    Pope Francis has publicly made known his position that climate change is real and human activity is the cause of it. On Thursday he'll be delivering a roughly 60-page encyclical to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics promoting action on the environment as a moral imperative. If you are a Christian and an anthropogenic global warming denier, is your resistance to AGW swayed in any way by the Pope's encyclical on climate change?

    Scientists weary after years of often vicious opposition by doubters of their climate-change findings see this year as crucial to the planet's future because of a religious document expected from Pope Francis on Thursday.


    The rare encyclical, or teaching letter, expected to promote climate action as a moral imperative could do more to slow global warming than international negotiations this year to limit greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say.


    "The encyclical is going to go out to over 1 billion Catholics — that's a way of getting a message across to a segment of society that the scientific community could never do," said an excited Jeff Kiehl with the National Center for Atmospheric Research. "I mean it's just unbelievable."
    Scientists say pope may be the key player on climate change

    He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change?


    It looks as if he will give it a go. In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world’s main religions.

    According to Vatican insiders, Francis will meet other faith leaders and lobby politicians at the general assembly in New York in September, when countries will sign up to new anti-poverty and environmental goals.


    In recent months, the pope has argued for a radical new financial and economic system to avoid human inequality and ecological devastation. In October he told a meeting of Latin American and Asian landless peasants and other social movements: “An economic system centred on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.


    “The system continues unchanged, since what dominates are the dynamics of an economy and a finance that are lacking in ethics. It is no longer man who commands, but money. Cash commands.


    “The monopolizing of lands, deforestation, the appropriation of water, inadequate agro-toxics are some of the evils that tear man from the land of his birth. Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and deforestation are already showing their devastating effects in the great cataclysms we witness,” he said.
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    Re: Will the Pope's encyclical affect your position on global warming?

    As a Catholic I'm not swayed by his take on global warming....or economics.

    The pope is the head of the church and I look to the church for spiritual advice and insight as they are the experts in that field. I look to other experts in other fields for advice in those areas.

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    Re: Will the Pope's encyclical affect your position on global warming?

    I am a non-Catholic, non-Christian and my answer is no, my position will not change. I already agree with what I understand Pope Francis's position to be regarding climate change. Further, I believe the Pope's encyclical will have influence in much of the world but limited influence in the US.

    He's already unpopular with some conservatives in the US due to his social advocacy. He is now unpopular with many of the same people because his climate advocacy is viewed as not good for business.
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    Re: Will the Pope's encyclical affect your position on global warming?

    My concrete is curing .. the Popes statement is the time necessary for this physical reaction .. but I never had any doubt .. to begin with .. However .. panic .. we must not .

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    Re: Will the Pope's encyclical affect your position on global warming?

    It is more likely to effect my view of Catholicism.
    Worth noting, Democrats: President Trump will have a Pen and a Phone. #Precedent.

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    Re: Will the Pope's encyclical affect your position on global warming?

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    I am a non-Catholic, non-Christian and my answer is no, my position will not change. I already agree with what I understand Pope Francis's position to be regarding climate change. Further, I believe the Pope's encyclical will have influence in much of the world but limited influence in the US.

    He's already unpopular with some conservatives in the US due to his social advocacy. He is now unpopular with many of the same people because his climate advocacy isn't viewed as not good for business.
    I'll lay my own position up front: I would honestly be surprised if more than one or two American (I probably should have added that to the poll -- oh well) AGW-denying Catholics (let alone non-Catholic Christians) actually had their minds changed by the Pope's encyclical. His words may have some effect in the rest of the world as you say, but if he thinks he'll have any effect on Americans then he's severely underestimated the breadth of the culture war in the U.S.

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    Re: Will the Pope's encyclical affect your position on global warming?

    The moment the Catholic Church and Pope Francis divest themselves of the $billions in art, artifacts, gold, and other wealth, give the vast majority to those they have abused and wronged who are currently living, and swears all members of the clergy and officers of the Church to vows of poverty, is the very moment that I will start giving a rat's ass about anything the Pope has to say about social justice and the lifestyles of others.
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    Re: Will the Pope's encyclical affect your position on global warming?

    Here is a helpful article with a vid clip explaining "what we can expect by drawing on Catholic social teaching to provide a helpful framework for understanding the Church’s position on environmental stewardship": Papal Encyclicals: An Explainer for Those of Us Who Aren't Catholic | Acton PowerBlog

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    Re: Will the Pope's encyclical affect your position on global warming?

    Hilarious that the cultists are now climbing onboard the Pope train.

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    Re: Will the Pope's encyclical affect your position on global warming?

    Why aren't there any choices for those of us who aren't Christian (besides the silly one at the bottom)? The Pope is more than just the leader of the Catholic church. He's also a world leader.

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