Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew’s joint message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation comes just three months after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement, and some experts suspect the two developments may be related.
Recently, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the pope should “leave science to the scientists.” His sentiment is echoed by those who deny climate change and contend that the Church should stay out of the debate – following the release of “Laudato Si’” and the conversation that the pope’s encyclical letter on the environment has generated.
Dear Editor: You were right to highlight the upcoming encyclical by Pope Francis on ecology. Patricia Kenney (Readers’ Forum, May 23) notes that “The Vatican has been a leader in the movement to respect the environment.”
Dear Editor: You have recently published a few letters challenging the global warming theory. The letters caution us to do more thinking about the subject than its admirers will allow. I do think that it is about time that those who accept the idea that global warming is true need to let those who have reasons for opposing or at least questioning the theory have their say.
Dear Editor: Joe Muller (Readers’ Forum, April 18) indulges unjust accusations toward Republicans, the object of his expressed contempt, with unfounded claims of global catastrophes. Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree? Please. Not even one hundredth of one percent of scientists have had their views solicited, notwithstanding the growing trend to persecute scientists who question the purpose behind promoting the unproven theory of man-made climate change.