Vatican prelate predicts Pope will change Trump’s view on climate change

Vatican prelate predicts Pope will change Trump’s view on climate change

Catholic World News – May 16, 2017

The president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has expressed confidence that Pope Francis will be able to persuade President Donald Trump of the urgency of climate change, when he meets with the American leader on May 24.

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo said that Trump’s position on climate change is “against science.” But he observed that Trump has changed his stand on other matters, and “perhaps on this as well.”

Bishop Sorondo, who has been outspoken on the issue, made several questionable claims in his interview with the ANSA news agency. He claimed:

that during his presidential Trump had blamed China for raising the issue of climate change;

that “the Chinese are actually very collaborative” in efforts to protect the climate;

that American oil companies had made strenuous efforts to tone down the papal encyclical Laudato Si’;

that in the US, oil corporations, “in addition to being those that earn the most, receive the most advantages and are subsidized by the state.”

In the past Bishop Sanchez has made the claim that all scientists who question the reality of human-induced climate change are being supported by American oil corporations. In his exchange with ANSA he said that Trump’s position on the issue is dangerous because “truths begin to be denied” and because climate change is the cause of the world’s migration crisis.

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4 comments on “Vatican prelate predicts Pope will change Trump’s view on climate change

  1. Catholic League’s Bill Donohue on the pope and the presidents



    Bill Donohue comments on Obama’s opposition to Pope Francis on key moral issues:

    The media spin on how widely Pope Francis disagrees with President Trump is not only exaggerated, it offers no context: the pope had less in common with President Obama, though news reports neglect to say so.


    No public policy issue is more important for Catholics than abortion: the Catholic Church teaches that it is “intrinsically evil,” thus putting it in a select category of sins.

    On September 1, 2015, Pope Francis wrote that “Since the first century, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable.” Prior to becoming pope, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio said, “The right to life is the first human right. Abortion is killing someone that cannot defend him or herself.”

    When President Obama was in the Illinois state senate, he led the fight to legalize selective infanticide. He fought against a law that would have required doctors to attend to infants born alive after a botched abortion.

    In 2007, presidential candidate Obama told Planned Parenthood that “the first thing I’d do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” It would have arguably forced Catholic hospitals to perform abortions, cutting off federal funds if they refused.

    On September 16, 2015, President Obama proved his passion for selective infanticide when he pledged to veto a federal bill that would protect the life of a baby born alive as a result of a botched abortion.

    Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    Pope Francis said on November 15, 2014 that “We are living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment.” He condemned embryonic stem cell research, saying it uses “human beings as guinea pigs to presumably save others. This is playing with life.”

    On May 9, 2009, President Obama said that his executive order “will lift the ban on federal funding for promising embryonic stem cell research. We will also vigorously support scientists who pursue this research.”


    On May 30, 2015, Pope Francis was quoted saying that “Terrorism, war, violence, but also euthanasia are attacks against life.”

    When he was a U.S. senator, Obama supported government intervention in the case of Terri Schiavo; he voted to provide the physically disabled woman with nutrition. But in 2008, he said this was the senatorial vote he most regretted.

    Gay Marriage

    In 2010, when he was an Argentinian bishop, Pope Francis said gay marriage was the work of the devil. He said gay marriage is “a clear rejection of the law of God,” and “a move of the Father of Lies.”

    In 2015, President Obama hailed the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage as “a victory for America.”

    Gender Ideology

    “Gender ideology is demonic!” That is what Pope Francis told Austrian Bishop Andreas Laun in 2014.

    In 2016, President Obama tried to use the non-discrimination provisions of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments to force religious organizations to perform operations whereby a man acquires the body parts of a female or vice versa.

    Religious Liberty

    When at the White House in 2015, Pope Francis made a veiled reference to Obama’s HHS mandate: it seeks to force Catholic non-profit entities to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception in their healthcare plans. The pope cheerfully noted that Americans are “concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty.

    On August 8, 2012, President Obama said that objections to his HHS mandate, and pleas for religious exemptions, were coming from “the far right.”


    Not only did Pope Francis have less in common with President Obama than he does with President Trump, there are huge qualitative differences.

    How to protect the environment, what to do about refugees, and how to handle illegal immigration are important issues, but when compared to specific Catholic teachings on life and death issues, as well as such critical issues as marriage and the family—to say nothing about our constitutional right to freedom of religion—it is clear that Pope Francis shares more common ground with President Trump than he did with President Obama. But don’t look to the media to make this point.

  2. And here all these years I’ve thought that one key requirement for becoming a mod-bishop (and higher) in Brave New Church – a clinical history of having been repeatedly dropped on one’s head as a child – was pretty much a USCCCP regulation.

    I guess you can’t keep even a bad idea hidden for very long, anymore.

    Nice job, you Feckless-ency. Viva la Revolucion, eh?

  3. It almost brings tears to your eyes.

  4. Lisa Bourne

    Vatican bishop predicts Pope will convert Trump…on climate change

    VATICAN CITY, May 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis says he won’t “proselytize” during his meeting with Trump next week, but one Vatican bishop insists the pope will indeed convert him on one thing: climate change.

    Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, the influential and controversial chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Sciences, made the claim in an interview published Monday by ANSA.

    “They will come to an agreement, since the president claims to be a Christian, and so he will listen to him,” Sorondo said.

    Pope Francis is set to receive Trump the morning of May 24 at the Apostolic Palace.

    The two leaders have taken radically divergent positions on climate change.

    The pope has made the issue a hallmark of his pontificate, most prominently in his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’. The pope has strongly endorsed the claim that humans are in large part responsible for climate change.

    Trump, on the other hand, is skeptical of manmade climate change. During the presidential campaign, he promised to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. He signed an executive order in late March undoing much of the environmental legislation put in place by former President Barack Obama. He ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove the climate change page from its website. And he appointed an EPA critic, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, to head the agency.

    Trump’s views are ‘against science’: Sorondo

    Bishop Sorondo claimed in his interview ANSA that Trump’s choices on climate “are against science, even before being against what the Pope says.”

    “When he was preparing the Laudato Si’, oil lobbies did everything in their power to prevent the Pope from saying what he did,” he explained, “meaning that climate change is caused by human activity that employ fossil fuels.”

    “Perhaps the oil companies wanted a ‘light’ encyclical,’” he continued, “a romantic one on nature that wouldn’t say anything at all.”

    “Instead, the Pope followed what the scientific community says,” said Bishop Sorondo. “If the president does not follow science, then that is the president’s problem.”

    The danger, he says, is that “the US president influences others, and scientific findings are being cast doubt on” and “truths begin to be denied.”

    Pope: ‘I am not one to proselytize’

    Pope Francis has sent confusing messages in regularly partnering with radical environmentalist and population control advocates within and outside the United Nations. At the same time the Holy See has clarified that it opposes any interpretation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that could be used to support abortion, contraception, population control or gender ideology.

    On the papal plane traveling back from Fatima, Portugal last weekend a reporter questioned Pope Francis about his differences with Trump on climate science.

    Asked whether Trump would “soften his decisions” on climate change and welcoming migrants after he meets with the pope next week, the pontiff said that on both religious and political issues, “I am not one to proselytize.”

    Care for creation, with a human cost?

    Pro-life supporters frequently warn how the population control and pro-abortion movements often advance their agendas via the environmentalist and anti-poverty causes.

    It has been Bishop Sorondo who often oversees the numerous Vatican visits where extreme environmentalist, feminist, population control and pro-abortion supporters, often affiliated with the United Nations (UN), have been given a speaking platform.

    He has advocated the climate change issue as a Vatican representative in other venues as well.

    At a December 2015 conference on Laudato Si at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome Bishop Sorondo claimed the Pope’s teaching on global warming in the environmental encyclical was equally binding for Catholics as the Church’s teaching on abortion.

    In a panel discussion at a Vatican conference on Biological Extinction earlier this spring, Bishop Sorondo suggested there is confusion over the Church’s teaching on procreation and fertility. He approvingly suggested that when people are educated they have fewer children.

    He would go on to say it is an obligation for the Church to say the state has a responsibility for its citizens’ well being, and “in this capacity it is legitimate for the state to intervene to orient the demography of the population.”

    Bishop Sorondo told ANSA that the Pontifical Academy for Science is holding a meeting in November on the effects of climate change on human health.

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