27 Apr '15, 5pm

Right-wing think tank wants to convince the pope he’s wrong about climate change #urbanstudies

Right-wing think tank wants to convince the pope he’s wrong about climate change #urbanstudies

Jim Lakely, a Heartland spokesman, said the think tank was “working on” securing a meeting with the Vatican. “I think Catholics should examine the evidence for themselves, and understand that the Holy Father is an authority on spiritual matters, not scientific ones,” he said. A 2013 survey of thousands of peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals found that 97.1 percent agreed that climate change is caused by human activity. The lobbying push underlines the sensitivity surrounding Pope Francis’s highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, whose aim will be to frame the climate change issue as a moral imperative. While it is not yet clear exactly what the encyclical will say, Pope Francis has been an outspoken advocate for action on the issue. In a speech in March, Cardinal Peter Turkson, who has played a key role in drafting the document , said Pope Francis was not...

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