Grand Inquisitor Boxer interrogates priest: “Do you disagree with the pope on climate change, it’s a simple yes or no”

[Proabort Boxer comes unhinged at an April 13 hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.]

Sen. Barbara Boxer Argues With Priest on Climate Change, Pope

By Cathy Burke | Thursday, 14 Apr 2016 02:51 PM

Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer laid into a Catholic priest for appearing to question Pope Francis’s warning on the dangers of global warming.

In an alternately snide and angry exchange during a hearing Wednesday, the California lawmaker needled the Rev. Robert Sirico of the conservative Acton Institute, the Daily Caller reports. [warning: turn off images at the Daily Caller -Cyprian]

“So do you disagree with the pope when he says that climate change is one of the biggest issues?” Boxer asked.

“I’m very grateful for your defense of the pope,” Sirico replied. “Perhaps not in all of his magisterial authority and the cherry-picking of this or that.”

Boxer then snapped, “I can ask you what I want,” the Daily Caller reports. “Do you disagree with the pope on climate change, it’s a simple yes or no.”

Last year, Pope Francis published an encyclical blaming humans for global warming.

“When the pope says things that have to do with science, he does not speak from the magisterial authority of the church,” Sirico replied. “When he speaks on moral issues, such as abortion and contraception and the like, then he speaks on magisterial authority.”

“So who’s cherry-picking?” Boxer shot back. “You’re saying that when the planet is facing all these problems, it’s not a moral issue.”

“I never said that,” Sirico replied. “Where did I say that? Could you give me that quotation, senator?”

“You just said it, sir,” she volleyed. “Sir, you receive money form the Koch brothers, from Exxon, you disagree with the pope…. I think you ought to have a talk with Reverend [Herbert] Nelson.”
“Who is by the way, not a scientist,” Sirico noted, the Daily Caller reports.

Nelson paneled the hearing, and told Congress he’s worried about the impacts of global warming.

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2 comments on “Grand Inquisitor Boxer interrogates priest: “Do you disagree with the pope on climate change, it’s a simple yes or no”

  1. Fr. Sirico whitewashes pope’s Joy of Sex

    Pope Francis’s love letter to the family

    As it should be obvious now to anyone who has read Pope Francis’ recently released apostolic exhortation, the great doctrine-shattering earthquake anticipated by many traditionalists and progressives alike has not occurred. When it comes to the indissolubility of marriage, abortion, the prohibition of contraception and the recognition of same-sex unions, the Catholic Church holds today what it did yesterday.

    What the pope has brought forth is honest, timely and sensitive. Amoris Laetitia explores some complicated pastoral situations that any confessor will know all too well: challenges of how weak and fallen people can authentically live the faith. The pope’s reflections are aimed at how to make a solid moral discernment in the midst of life’s complexities, guided by the objective moral teaching of the Church. There are some points of ambiguity, but its compassion is evident.

    The document is drenched in mercy and urges pastors to lead their flock by maintaining a sense of welcome to those undergoing the sometimes arduous process of discerning and doing God’s will. It urges us to encourage — and include in parish life — those working toward living in accord with the Church’s teaching.

    The pope did not, as predicted and hoped for by some, drop the prohibition regarding the reception of Holy Communion for those in “irregular” unions; the current discipline remains in place. The pope does attempt to make as much room as possible for those in complex situations to remain close the faith without contradicting the received moral teaching of the Church.

    As has often been the case in documents like these, debates will ensue surrounding the more ambiguous passages. One example is the reiteration of the pope’s previous admonition that “the confessional is not a torture chamber” but an encounter with the Lord’s mercy. Some will spin this to mean that the pain of acknowledging failures and subsequent repentance should be eliminated in the name of an understanding of mercy disconnected from moral truth. But this can never happen in Catholic theology, and the pope, above all, knows it.

    Pope Francis knows that the moral teaching is not something he invented. It is something he received and is solemnly obliged to instantiate. But he must also help create the conditions under which it is most possible for people to embrace the challenge of those teachings. He must present those teachings in a way that is so beautiful and inviting that people will somehow relinquish what they are presently holding on to, and fall in love with something greater, more fulfilling and more beautiful, even if it is also more difficult.

    Perhaps a better way to understand what the pope is attempting to do in Amoris Laetitia is to read through the lens of Jesus’ own encounter with complex moral situations wherein He was able to “square the circle” of maintaining received moral doctrine and teach it with great love for one who finds such standards difficult.

    I am thinking of the story of the woman caught in the very act of adultery as recorded in the eighth chapter of John’s gospel. The accusers of the woman found Jesus’ posture toward sinners ambiguous — else why would they have sought to “test” him?

    Jesus dealt with the adulteress with great warmth, respect and even protection, but admonished her to “sin no more.” His unambiguous love is probably what enabled her to adjust her life. That’s not a bad pastoral approach.

    The Rev. Robert Sirico, author of “Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy,” is president of the Acton Institute.

  2. Yet another attempt IMO to square the circle by separating doctrine from pastoral applications. It won’t work. Our Lord said it: ” Let your Yes be Yes, and your No, No!” Why is there such a sychophantic attitude towards Bergoglio?

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