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Pope told to butt out of global affairs

Pope told to butt out of global affairs

Wannabe American President Jeb Bush, above, has lashed out at the Pope over climate change, saying:

I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm.

According to this report, the Republican presidential contender joined forces with the coal industry and climate deniers in a gathering conservative backlash against the Francis, hitting out against a leaked draft of the Catholic leader’s letter on climate change.

Bush said he would not be guided by the church when it came to climate change.

I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinal or my pope. I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm.

With those remarks, Bush joined fellow Republicans, the fossil fuel industry, and the climate deniers of the Heartland Institute in trying to discredit the Pope’s much-anticipated message on poverty and climate change – even before its release.

In his first official day on the presidential campaign trail, Bush, a  Catholic, told a town hall event in New Hampshire that Pope Francis should steer clear of global affairs.

Bush converted to Catholicism when he got married 20 years ago, and regularly cited church teachings when he was Florida governor – even enacting a law to introduce anti-abortion “Choose Life” car license plates.

The energy industry also turned on the Pope, with the lobbyist for one of America’s biggest coalmining companies sending out an email blast on Tuesday, rebuking the church leader for failing to promote fossil fuels as a solution to global poverty.

At least five of the Republican presidential contenders are Catholic. Two so far – Bush and Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator and devout Catholic – have come out against the Pope on climate change.

According to the leaked version of the papal letter, the Pope will say climate change is real and caused by humans, and that fossil fuels must be phased out of the global economy.

He will call on leaders to reach a global deal to fight climate change and make sure to protect the world’s poor as they do so.

The Vatican has warned there could be changes ahead of the official release of his encyclical on Thursday – but the response from conservatives has been ferocious.

On Tuesday, Tom Altmeyer, a lobbyist for Arch Coal, the second-biggest coalmining company, sent out an email in which he argued the the Pope should be promoting fossil fuels if he really cared about social justice.

Industry, policymakers and social leaders – like Pope Francis – must work together to support policies that bring about new advances in fossil energy technologies so we can strike a balance between global economic needs and climate concerns.

Meanwhile Santorum told a Philadelphia radio station earlier this month:

The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we’re good at, which is theology and morality.

Other Republicans who have blasted Francis include the Oklahoma senator James Inhofe, who bluntly told reporters that Francis was out of line – “The Pope ought to stay with his job” – at a conference of the climate change-denying Heartland Institute.

Most Republicans in Congress deny the existence of man-made climate change and oppose regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Only one of the nearly 20 Republicans running for president acknowledges the danger of climate change: Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina senator, who is considered a long shot.

10 responses to “Pope told to butt out of global affairs”

  1. zombiehunter says:

    so does this mean jeb bush supports separation of church and state and removing “under god” from the pledge of allegiance and “in god we trust” from dollar notes??

  2. Marky Mark says:

    The Bush clan will say anything for a few $$… One of the most greedy and evil family’s’ on the planet.

  3. Robster says:

    The calypso pope Frank is multi tasking! While his armed Vaticops are out rounding up the child rapist priests, he’s making impressive sounding noises about climate change, like he has something to offer on this important issue.
    Frank should really stick with magically turning the wafer thingies into bit of Jesus for his followers to munch on and model those wonderfully silly hats. The man believes a truck load of nonsense and really should leave real world issues to the experts.

  4. L.Long says:

    Well Jeb is correct. The pope should stop talking about what he has little knowledge of (which means he says nothing) because speaking about what you don;t know about will make him sound like a rePUKEian like Jeb.

  5. Tubes says:

    This just proves that religion is used to back up peoples already held prejudices. When religion backs up their own beliefs it’s the inviolable word of god and how dare you disagree with it. When it stops them making a few quid it’s all rubbish.

  6. AgentCormac says:

    The likes of Bush, Santorum, et al make me so, so angry. Their god’s will must be obeyed in all things – except those which might just happen to piss off the mighty oil companies who payroll thier presidential campaigns. The double standards and utterly flagrant use of religion as a political tool by these loathsome creeps is as shameful as it is transparent. And while their paymasters get ever richer, the planet gets ever poorer.

    8.26 am and my blood is boiling already.

  7. Michael Glass says:

    The conservatives have now proved to be as much smorgasbord Catholics as the radicals. Both pick and choose amongst the teachings of the church. Both run with the teachings they agree with and denigrate or ignore the teachings they don’t.

  8. gedediah says:

    Papal infallibility anyone? These dishonest w*nkers are all for the Pope’s views when they agree with thier own. And as head of a global organisation how is it not appropriate for Frankie to comment on the moral issues around climate change? It’s not like the facts are in dispute, not amongst actual climate scientists anyway.

    It’s good to see him on the right side of an argument for once.

  9. dennis says:

    Damn I have to agree with a sky fairy believer! and I am a Texan and never agree with a Bush except Dad sometimes but the sons are just stupid. my catholic neighbor is just going nuts sense Frankie boy got in power. it’s 8:26 hear also @AgentCormac and I too am mad as hell.

  10. Martin Davidson says:

    I think politics ought to be about making us better as people and less about making a tiny percentage of the population even richer at everyone else’s expense. American cannot be considered a democracy until a poor person becomes president.