The Pope should stop talking and acting “like a leftist politician” on climate change and instead concern himself with things that really matter, such as the murder of Christians by ISIS and the “intentionally planned genocide of unborn children by Planned Parenthood.”
So says Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who is planning to boycott the Pope’s forthcoming visit to the House of Representatives in protest.
Gosar — “a proud Catholic” — says he was initially excited about the Pope’s visit:
Many believed, like I did, that this was an opportunity for the Pope to be one of the world’s great religious advocates and address the current intolerance of religious freedom. An opportunity to urgently challenge governments to properly address the persecution and execution of Christians and religious minorities; to address the heinous and senseless murders committed by ISIS and other terrorist organizations. An opportunity to address the enslavement, belittlement, rape and desecration of Christian women and children; to address the condoned, subsidized, intentionally planned genocide of unborn children by Planned Parenthood and society; and finally, an opportunity for His Holiness to refocus our priorities on right from wrong.
But Gosar changed his mind when he realized that the Pope’s main focus would be “climate change”:
More troubling is the fact that this climate change talk has adopted all of the socialist talking points, wrapped false science and ideology into “climate justice” and is being presented to guilt people into leftist policies.
Gosar is by no means the first to make this observation. Since publishing his controversial encyclical on the environment Laudato Si’ earlier this year, the Pope has been accused of putting far too much faith in the doomsday predictions of his green activist advisors — such as the fanatical German warmist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber — and rather too little trust in the hard scientific evidence which shows that the whole “global warming” scare has been monstrously overblown.
But few have put it quite so forthrightly. In a piece entitled “Why I Am Boycotting Pope Francis’ Address to Congress,” Gosar says:
The earth’s climate has been changing since God created it, with or without man. On that, we should all agree. In Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment (written with the consultation of that great seminary the EPA and its embattled head Gina McCarthy), he condemned anyone skeptical of the link between human activity and climate change and adopted the false science being propagated by the Left. If the Pope wants to devote his life to fighting climate change then he can do so in his personal time. But to promote questionable science as Catholic dogma is ridiculous.