Presidential Hopeful Rick Santorum Rails Against Pope on Climate Change: ‘Leave the Science to the Scientists’


The attacks on Pope Francis for his stance on Climate Change continue; this time, presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, a self-described “huge fan” of the Pope, told the Pope to butt out of the climate change debate and “leave the science to the scientists.”

Pope Francis vs. Big Oil and Big Coal

Pope Francis has not been shy about his opinion on anthropogenic climate change; last January, he announced that he was “convinced” that humanity was causing global warming. And while the discussions in Lima, Peru, were a disappointment, the Pope has been on message ever since.

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This has not set well with industry-sponsored deniers, or the people who believe them. Even though global warming science is settled, and anthropogenic warming is a thing, the deniers are still hammering him for his stance.

Earlier this year, Marc Morano, a prominent climate change denier, compared the Pope’s acknowledgement of Climate Change to Mesoamerican human sacrifice.

Francis has squared off against Big Oil and Big Coal on this one, and that also means that he’s drawn a line in the sand against the modern Republican Party, which is fueled by both of those things.

Rick Santorum vs. Reality

Rick Santorum is fresh off announcing his bid for the presidency, and he came out swinging against Rand Paul for Paul’s comments on Iraq. Now, Santorum is turning his attention on the Pope.

Sort of.

During the Monday interview with host Dom Giordano on WPHT, a CBS affiliate out of Philadelphia, Santorum said the “liberal media” was twisting the Pope to seem less conservative than he actually was:

He’s someone who is as committed to the nuclear family as I am. I’m a huge fan of his and his focus on making sure that we have a healthier society.

I understand and I sympathize and I support completely the pope’s call for us to do more to create opportunities for people to be able to rise in society, and to care for the poor.

Caring for the planet, however, was another matter; according to Santorum, the “church has gotten it wrong a few times on science” and he said “that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists.”

Now if only the GOP took that to heart.

Santorum instead encouraged the church to focus on “what we’re really good at, which is theology and morality.”

He continued:

I think when we get involved with controversial political and scientific theories, then I think the church is probably not as forceful and credible. And I’ve said this to the bishops many times when they get involved in agriculture policy or things like that, that are really outside of the scope of what the church’s main message is.

But involving the church in the politics of medicine, especially about birth control, abortion, and healthcare, is well within the purview, apparently.

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