Pope Francis’ eagerly awaited encyclical on the environment – and global warming – will be published June 18, according to the Associated Press and Fox News.
The Vatican took the unusual step Thursday of announcing the release date in advance “to avoid confusion over the diffusion of unconfirmed information.”
In related news, right-wing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum criticized the Pope for his plans to frame climate change as a moral issue, saying in a radio interview that the Catholic Church should “leave science to scientists.”
Many on the left feel the same way. This is a good idea.
Santorum, a devout Catholic who built his political career as a social conservative, told Philadelphia’s WPHT 1210 host Dom Giordano Monday that he loves Francis and is a “huge fan of his.”
However, the former Pennsylvania senator suggested the church is not qualified and could “harm its credibility” if the pope issues an encyclical on climate change, a politically charged matter, according to Philly.com.