Pope Francis has for the most part been a refreshing progressive voice of the people. That trend continued Thursday when he openly accepted that climate change is very real, and that it is in fact being caused by humans:
I don’t know if it is the only cause, but mostly, in great part, it is man who continuously slaps down nature. We have in a sense taken over nature.
The leader of the Catholic Church is, by all rights, a direct conduit to God for its followers. According to Matthew 16:19, Christ told St. Peter:
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.
St. Peter was the leader of the church Christ built, and his successors, those elected Pope, would act in Peter’s stead. What does that mean? It means that for Catholics, the word of the Pope is as holy as the word of God herself.
‘Devout Catholic’ Republicans in congress don’t seem to care what the Pope thinks on this issue, however, instead siding with the energy companies that contribute the bulk of donations to their campaign coffers.
Nobody stands to profit from climate change being some kind of a hoax. There’s no reasonable motive for it. If we could continue to increase our carbon footprint without repercussions to our environment nobody would complain.
Why, then, do these Republicans, who have all cited their faith as a driving force behind their policies, continue to scoff at the notion that we need to do something to curb the damage we’re doing to our planet?
Cash. Plain and simple. Money is the root of all evil, making the hypocrisy of Republicans, Catholic Republicans in particular, that much more transparent. They will toss their faith aside for profit, all the while claiming it as the foundation of their being.
Here’s a list of Republican Catholics who will continue to fight for the right of Big Oil and other enemies of the environment to leverage our future for cash:
John Boehner (R-OH), Speaker of the House:
The idea of running for the U.S. House was tugging at me, but I kept asking myself — do you really want to do this? Ultimately I decided God wanted me to do it, and I was in.
Paul Ryan (R-WI), 2012 GOP Vice Presidential nominee:
A person’s faith is central to how they conduct themselves in public and in private.
Alex Mooney (R-WV):
I do what I do because I think it’s what God wants me to do with my life.
Rick Mulvaney (R-SC):
While religious liberties are something that mean a great deal to me as a Catholic, I suppose I have always focused on the exercise of my beliefs in a very ‘domestic’ setting.
Patrick Toomey (R-PA):
As a Catholic lawmaker, I take the fundamental principles that the faith provides and view policy through that lens.
Marco Rubio (R-FL):
I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying, and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except it will destroy our economy.
Dan Sullivan (R-AK):
I’m a lifelong Catholic who is staunchly pro-life.
The Jury is still out on climate change
Steve King (R-IA):
Earth’s warming trend is not proven, it’s not science. It’s more of a religion than a science.
Paul Gozar (R-AZ):
Climate change is likely not in our control in any event. Historical records clearly demonstrate vast temperature swings long before Man arrived, from temperate zones in Alaska to ice ages in New York.
There are several others, including Virginia Fox, Steve Scalise and Bruce Poliquin, all of whom have said their faith is what drives them.
Their faith drives them straight to the bank at the expense of our planet, among other things.