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We've been hearing a likely change in stances on those issues from the new pope. From women in the church to formally responding, and blessing gay Catholics the pope has indicated a more progressive stance on those issues.

The environment may be the next big thing the pope plans to speak on. At a meeting on Monday with Argentinians dealing with environmental issues comes a Pope opposed to fracking.


An article from el Economista (Chrome translated text and original text below) suggests that the Pope is drafting a papal memo, known as an encyclical, that will address environmental issues.

"We had extensive and profound dialogue on environmental damage that is occurring in our country and the world. Pope Francisco I found that is working great Encyclical on Environment ", has revealed [Argentine Senator Fernando 'Pino' Solanas].

Tal y como recoge el diario argentino 'Clarín', Solanas le ha llevado inquietudes sobre lo que denomina "delitos ambientales", entre los que se encuentra principalmente el acuerdo que realizó el Gobierno argentino con Chevron, "el cual representa el mayor desastre ambiental en el Amazonas", según ha sentenciado Solanas.

When I first heard about Pope Francis being elected, environmentalism was mentioned as one of his areas of interest. Hopefully we will soon, as he said, "respect and protection of the entire creation which God has entrusted to man, not so that it indiscriminately exploited, but rather made into a garden."

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  •  alright here I go again (0+ / 0-)

    I don't give a ratsass what the Pope is working on or thinks. I am happy that he is working on environmental matters, as I would be for anyone else that has to drop their pants to use the toilet. The popey has the same significance.

    Would we be covering it if he was some buffoon evangelical from Alabama? I would hope not.

    Just because this is your fantasy, magical, all high leader doesn't mean you should assume that I or anyone else gives a damn.

    •   @Matador (6+ / 0-)

      The thing is....whether or not you personally care about what the Pope thinks, there are literally millions of people around the globe who do to varying degrees.  Some take his word for gospel (pardon the expression), and even those that are not that devout still give his words weight.

      Some "buffoon evangelical from Alabama" probably does not have global reach to millions of people.  If he did, you can bet something like this would be covered in a diary.

      We are threatened with fresh outbreaks of preventable diseases like whooping cough and measles because of some dimwitted ex-Playboy model spouting pseudoscience about vaccinations.  Whether we like it or not, there are people whose words carry weight, and we ignore them at our peril.  And by the same token, rather than berate the Pope for taking a stand that I assume you would favor, why not go with a more positive message?

    •  You and a bunch of other folks don't care (5+ / 0-)

      what the Pope thinks ... so what? Point is, we need a mass movement to stop climate change. And the Catholic Church remains the largest religious grouping on the planet. Nothing would be better for the long-term future of humankind than the Pope coming out with a forceful statement that carbon pollution is against the will of God. That is true whether you believe in God or not.

      Mark E. Miller // Kalamazoo Township Trustee // MI 6th District Democratic Chair

      by memiller on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 10:29:00 AM PST

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      •  And nothing would be better for the long-term (0+ / 0-)

        future of the Catholic Church and its plutocrat allies and donors than for all of us to think that Bergoglio's words aren't just a PR distraction to his actions, which are to appoint more plutocrats to Vatican offices and the U.S. episcopate.

        •  What If You're Wrong? nt (1+ / 0-)
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          Yonder stands your orphan with his gun... Crying like a fire in the sun ~Bob Dylan

          by paz3 on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 11:00:48 AM PST

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          •  that's not possible (1+ / 0-)
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            This is the Roman Catholic Church we're talking about: a bunch of fat, old, rich, white men who don't know anything about anything and don't care about anything other than money and power ... and the tingle in their pants when they suffer the little children to come unto them.  Same as it ever was.

            The only possible way they could be led to support environmentalist causes is if there were some way they could twist it all to make people poorer - and therefore more virtuous; just ask Mother Theresa - and more desperate for an afterlife better than this one.  Churchmen lived very well in preindustrial times too; they were infamous for it.

            Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

            by Visceral on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 01:25:15 PM PST

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        •  even if they were meant as a distraction (3+ / 0-)
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          if a Pope talks about being concerned about man-made climate change, he legitimizes the worry which is an important effect on it's own. We can take what we can get from what he says, whatever the reason.

        •  Yes, we feenian beed rattlers (0+ / 0-)

          won't stop until you all bow down before graven images of Mary!!! (/rolleyes)

          Rick Perry - the greatest scientist since Galileo!

          by Bobs Telecaster on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 07:30:20 AM PST

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    •  I'm an Independent Catholic, not Roman (5+ / 0-)

      I left the Roman Catholic Church, or at least going to mass at a Roman Catholic Church. I'm currently an Independent Catholic. It's pretty much the same only we allow married, female, and gay clergy (my husband is a deacon!).

      The pope is not my "fantasy, magical, all high leader". I'm pretty sure I'm not the only Catholic to have a falling out with Rome over theology.

      But in the same way others have enjoyed the recent actions of Francis, I welcome this change.

    •  Big Ego Driveby (7+ / 0-)

      Is your ego so HUGE and your anger so deep that you can't just avoid pissing on someone else's sincere informative diary?????? Why don't you put up a diary with a poll asking if Kossacks should write diaries on religious leaders that are in a position to affect the actions of vast groups of people? If over 10% say yes, then you need to grow some manners, and discipline, and leave others who are ostensibly on the same side of the aisle as you, alone.

      Try a little tenderness...

      Yonder stands your orphan with his gun... Crying like a fire in the sun ~Bob Dylan

      by paz3 on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 10:57:04 AM PST

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    •  I think you miss the point (5+ / 0-)

      Which is that he has great influence in the world. Millions DO follow him as the current leader of their religion. Millions, maybe billions more think he is a sage and, maybe even, holy person who's opinion is more than some buffoon's from Alabama.

      Myself I have no special opinion about Popes.

      I still listen and read what he says with interest because of its possible impact on the people of the world. I am pretty sure that' s why many, even most, people here take interest. Even if he doesn't walk the walk,which remains to be seen, his words themselves have impact. If he talks about our responsibility to the environment and the catastrophe that is happening it legitimizes the worry to many who otherwise don't pay attention.

    •  powerful institutions matter (4+ / 0-)

      when the head of a powerful institution takes a position on something of political import, it has real world effects, regardless of whether one supports said institution.

  •  The Pope saying that hydraulic fracturing should (0+ / 0-)

    be banned is the Pope being distracted from the most important issue....reducing greenhouse gas emissions .....by Gasland drek about hydraulic fracturing.

    Pope Francis should stick with mainsteam environmental science rather than the non-science exercise of teaming up with Josh Fox/Gasland.

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