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Vatican official raps fossil fuels

August 20, 2015

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The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences traveled to a remote Amazonian chapel in Brazil, where he presented the Pope’s new encyclical on ecology to an indigenous community on August 16.

“The essence of the problem is the fossil fuels used by society,” said Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, according to a Brazilian media report. “Deforestation is also part of the problem of global warming.”

Those who most suffer the consequences of climate change, he added, are those who consume the fewest fossil fuels.


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  • Posted by: space15796 - Aug. 22, 2015 3:11 AM ET USA

    Oh my this is rich! This chancellor had to travel halfway around the world to arrive at this remote Amazonian chapel, BURNING FOSSIL FUELS ALL THE WAY! Why doesn't this alleged evil of fossil fuels ever apply to the people flying around burning fuel to tell us how bad we are for burning fuel? When will a religious express gratitude toward God for His provision of energy for us in the form of hydrocarbons from fossilized plants and animals?

  • Posted by: feedback - Aug. 21, 2015 9:26 AM ET USA

    This is one more example of confusing the symptoms with causes. When people turn away from God they are going to be sinfully destructive and careless about everybody else and everything else. The conversion of hearts is what the shepherds of the Church should worry about.

  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 21, 2015 6:20 AM ET USA

    The Church has survived misguided leaders before and it will again. The grace of God is more powerful than ignorance.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Aug. 20, 2015 6:36 PM ET USA

    I wish this bishop could see how poverty stricken the whole world would be without fossil fuels. When our clerics spend most of their time obsessing about fossil fuels and global warming instead of the real evils that are destroying the souls of so many, I have to wonder if Jesus has broken His promise to His Church. Are these leaders meant to be a scourge on the Church the way the bad leaders were on the Old Testament Israel?