Pope Francis has some strong and unflattering words for those he believes deny the so-called science behind global warming. He describes climate deniers as people with “perverse attitudes.”
The Pope on Thursday called on negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such people and that instead, they should become more steadfast in accelerating efforts “to curb greenhouse gas emissions.”
Francis stressed that climate change is “one of the most worrisome phenomena that humanity is facing.” The Pope pressed on negotiators to take action “free of special interests and political or economic pressures.” Instead, Francis encouraged them to engage in an “honest dialogue” about the future of the planet.
The Pope, of course, exercised proper ‘diplomacy’ by not singling out a particular country or embarrassing one in his apparent lecture on climate change. But he need not name any country at all for everyone to know his dig is directed at nowhere else and no one else but the United States.
The U.S. has previously announced that it is withdrawing from the Paris accord. President Trump has long dismissed climate change. He has also nominated key people in his administration who boldly question scientists’ conclusion that activities of humans are actually behind the global rise in temperatures. The Trump administration is also pushing for the use of fossil fuels like coal for U.S. energy needs.
The current stance of the U.S. is in sharp contrast to Francis’ landmark 2015 environmental encyclical where he said that global warming is “mainly” due to human activity. He also called for fossil fuels to be “progressively phased out without delay.
The Pope also denounced climate deniers saying they are only succeeding in “frustrating” the believers.
Francis said: “We must avoid falling into these four perverse attitudes, which certainly don’t help honest research and sincere, productive dialogue. “
But with all due respect to the highest leader of the Catholic church and a head of state, ain’t the Pope being a tad bit hypocritical by describing attitudes of climate deniers as “perverse?” Is the Pope aware of the full impact of his words?
Must ordinary people start defining what is perverse for the Pope? Should we even start? Maybe, because not only is he not infallible, he also do not hold a monopoly on truth.
Maybe he should preoccupy himself cleaning his own house of “pedophiles” before condemning people who are not in the climate cult, anyway. How could he say the word “perverse” without pointing at his own church and people, uhm, priests?