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9/27/2017 8:02 am  #1

Pope Criticizes Climate Change Deniers and Trump on DACA

Pope Criticizes Climate Change Deniers and Trump on DACA

ROME — As he flew near Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma on his way back to the Vatican from Colombia on Sunday, Pope Francis said that political leaders and others who denied climate change reminded him of a passage from the psalms about man’s stubbornness.

“Man is stupid, the Bible said,” he said. “It’s like that, when you don’t want to see, you don’t see.”

In a typically wide-ranging news conference that included his questioning of United States President Donald J. Trump’s commitment to issues of life because of his plan to strip undocumented immigrant children of protections from deportation, the pope urged those who denied climate change to consult scientists who had clearly determined it was real and that humanity would “go down” if global warming was not recognized and addressed.

“Then,” he said, “decide and history will judge the decisions.”

During Mr. Trump’s May visit to the Vatican, the pope gave him a copy of his 2015 encyclical letter, “Laudato Si,” which called for a human response to global warming, and top Vatican officials appealed to the president not to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord. Weeks later, Mr. Trump pulled out of the agreement.

On the flight, the pope nevertheless appealed again to Mr. Trump, this time on his decision to end President Obama’s Deferred Action for Children Program, known as DACA. The program allows children brought illegally to the United States to stay without fear of deportation. Mr. Trump has given Congress, which has failed to pass immigration overhaul for the last decade, six months to enact legislation to resolve the status of about 800,000 people affected by his decision.

The pope, echoing the excoriation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – which called the president’s decision “reprehensible” — argued that the removal of children from families hurt both children and parents.

We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 

9/27/2017 12:03 pm  #2

Re: Pope Criticizes Climate Change Deniers and Trump on DACA

"When you don’t want to see, you don’t see".

So True. 

Last edited by tennyson (9/27/2017 12:04 pm)

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