Is Jeb Bush Catholic? Will He Follow The Pope’s Encyclical On Climate Change?

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According to Bloomberg:

“When Jeb Bush converted to Catholicism nearly two decades ago – adopting the faith of his Mexican-born wife, Columba – he explained what primarily attracted him.”

Bush said that the “sacraments of the Catholic Church, the timeless nature of the message of the Catholic Church, and the fact that the Catholic Church believes in and acts on absolute truth as its foundational principles and doesn’t move with modern times as my former religion did.”

His former faith was Episcopalian, writes Bloomberg.

With the Pope’s new encyclical, isn’t the church moving with modern times?

(Updated article)

http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2014-04-28/jeb-bush-catholic-faith-guided/

Pope’s Climate Change Encyclical Out Today; Differing Views

Pope Francis has called on the world’s rich nations to begin paying their “grave social debt” to the poor and take concrete steps on climate change, writes the British newspaper The Guardian.  He said the failure to do so presents an undeniable risk to a “common home” that is beginning to resemble a “pile of filth”.

The pope’s 180-page encyclical on the environment, released on Thursday, calls for action on phasing out the use of fossil fuels.

The Guardian says it is also a document infused with an activist anger and concern for the poor, casting blame on the indifference of the powerful in the face of evidence that humanity is at risk following 200 years of misuse of resources.

He says that up until now the world has accepted a “cheerful recklessness” in its approach to the issue, writes The Guardian.

“Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods,” the papal statement says. “It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

The German newspaper Deutsche Welle (English version):

“Climate change deniers in the United States are already spluttering with indignation. So far only one of the Republicans running for the US presidency views climate change as a possible danger, and now the pope has demanded action in the name of the poor, whom he says are bearing the brunt of the richer nations’ greed.”

“The pope ought to stay with his job, and we’ll stay with ours,” says James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate environment committee. “I think we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists,” said Senator Rick Santorum earlier, according to Deutsche Welle.

(Updated article)

http://www.dw.de/opinion-papal-encyclical-could-break-climate-change-deadlock/a-18524398

How Will The U.S. React To The Pope’s ‘Encyclical’ On Climate Change?

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Is the U.S. seen as the world’s “last bastion” of climate change denial?

“The church bulletin inserts are nearly ready to go,” claims the New York Times.  So are the emails to every Roman Catholic parish in the United States with preaching suggestions for the first Sunday after Pope Francis releases his “encyclical” (report) on the environment.

A week after that, on June 28th, churches worldwide are being asked to ring their bells at noon to commemorate a “Thank you, Pope Francis” march in Rome being held on that day.

Never before, say church leaders, has a papal encyclical been anticipated so eagerly by so many.

Advocates for the environment and the poor are excited, because Francis is expected to make the case that climate change, unchecked development, and over-consumption are exacerbating problems for the poor.

However, the leaders of the Catholic Church in the United States may be harder to win over, writes the New York Times.

At the spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops last week, bishops from around the country said they were withholding their enthusiasm until they saw the document on Thursday the 18th of June, writes The New York Times.

Some said they were wary about getting the church enmeshed in the debate over climate change, a contentious issue in the United States.

They also expressed concern about allying with environmentalists, some of whom promote “population control” as a remedy, since the Church sees abortion and contraception as “great evils” writes The New York Times.

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami gave a presentation to the bishops on the climate change encyclical as chairman of the committee on domestic justice and human development.

He said the pope’s message would ultimately “transcend” the divisions over the environment and climate change, writes The New York Times.

“The pope is not approaching this as a scientist, he’s not approaching this as a politician,” Archbishop Wenski said at a news conference. “I think he’s trying to approach the issue of creation care as a pastor and as a teacher.”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/14/us/pope-francis-may-find-wariness-among-us-bishops-on-climate-change.html?_r=0

Pope Francis’ Encyclical Due Out On June 18th

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.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/06/04/pope-eagerly-awaited-environment-encyclical-due-june-18/

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/big_tent/Santorums-says-Pope-Francis-should-butt-out-of-climate-debate.html#kzwBFo8RsJYA1adW.99

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/06/04/pope-eagerly-awaited-environment-encyclical-due-june-18/