Catholic House Republican Plans to Boycott Pope Francis’s Speech Over Climate Change

by Claire Foran | National Journal
September 19, 2015

Paul Gos­ar is not pleased with Pope Fran­cis—and he’s ready to skip next week’s his­tor­ic speech as a res­ult.

In an op-ed on the con­ser­vat­ive site Town­, the Ari­zona Re­pub­lic­an ap­pears very much con­cerned that Fran­cis will urge ac­tion to fight cli­mate change when he be­comes the first pope to speak dir­ectly to a joint ses­sion of Con­gress. The pontiff is an out­spoken ad­voc­ate of ac­tion to com­bat man-made cli­mate change, a stand that does not sit well with Gos­ar, a skep­tic of the sci­entif­ic con­sensus that hu­man activ­ity is the primary driver of dan­ger­ous glob­al warm­ing.

“At this pivotal mo­ment in world his­tory, His Holi­ness, Pope Fran­cis, is in­tend­ing to spend the ma­jor­ity of his time on one of the world’s greatest stages fo­cus­ing on cli­mate change,” Gos­ar writes, de­clar­ing: “If the Pope plans to spend the ma­jor­ity of his time ad­voc­at­ing for flawed cli­mate-change policies, then I will not at­tend.”

20 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • reagangs says:

    The pope has become a political pawn in the EU and UN hierarchy. Much like the papal presence during the Nazi era. They all must have some dirty lies on the Catholic religion.

  • Robert McFate says:

    Prince of deceit. Check what the Bible says not what this MAN says and you will find many conflicts!

  • tom2 says:

    Seems the Pope should know better than anyone that the weather is God’s responsibility, not man’s. And the Pope should know God doesn’t need man’s help. And… Well, we all know this issue is a global flimflam, not something with which the Pope should sully his robe.

  • Richard Graziano says:

    Pope Francis is influenced by Marxism as are many Jesuits. Obama and the Democrats, and Boehner, McConnell and some other Republicans are Marxist advocates. Catholics need to stand up and not allow themselves to be fooled by the Pope. I see a lot of Catholic fallout coming from this Pope.

  • albertbryson says:

    I do not intent to watch the Pope’s speech. I will be working at my job. The pope does not under the forces for climate change policies are actually evil forces who want to control everything:. No free speech, etc.

  • donemyhomework says:

    The pope is an idiot. he makes friends with Islam and allows a multitude of Christians to be raped, butchered and sold into slavery. He is as impotent as you can get.

  • Jimbo says:

    Good for Gosar. I’m a practicing Catholic myself, and I don’t like the Pope’s position on global warming, illegal immigration, and the “evils” of capitalism. Not only that, but my technical training and investigations have confirmed that the theory of “man made” climate change is a fraud. You’d think the Pope would be smart enough not to buy into this Satanic idea, since “climate change is being used to promote de-population of the human race by abortion, sterilization, euthanasia, etc.

  • mrcricketmba says:

    Pope Fran­cis is getting to big for his Holier than now pants, he has no real clue on climate change, and should not attempt to lecture others, he has been intimidate by the climate change loons that have not really looked in to the weather history of the world.

  • Terry Rushing says:

    Perhaps making a gift of John Casey’s book, “Dark Winter” would offer the Pope a well documented opposing viewpoint. So called “climate change, or global warming” is an argument that is flawed with things such as edited readings, limited history and computer “models” that have already failed. (For the computer model: garbage in = garbage out.) The statement that the matter is settled by “consensus” is foolish too. A consensus of who? Finally, I would point out that in 1491 the consensus was that the earth was flat: clearly the consensus did not make it a fact. Give him the book and let him decide.

  • jdbixii says:

    It is irrational and illogical to live in one place, having four seasons, and attempt to compare the weather in those four seasons with the weather in other regions of the world which, by location and zone, will have no comparison to it. A return to subsistence farming with animals would rectify the problem of exhaust and pollution from machines and vehicles. Not even the Pope could compel a return to that in the U.S. Anyone who has lived through winters which have prolonged stretches of 30-below zero temperatures is not terribly concerned about the liberal fixation on “global warming” or “climate change.”
    “As long as earth shall endure, there will be summer and winter, springtime and harvest, heat and cold.” (look it up!)
    “God hath not promised skies always blue,
    flower-strewn pathways of tint and hue,
    but God hath promised strength for the day,
    food for the journey and light for the way.”

    There are a lot of internal combustion machines that came out of the late 19th and 20th centuries which have changed the quality of life. It is doubtful that there is a willingness to adopt pedestrianism as a way of life in order to preserve life.

    1. Terry Rushing says:

      Your basis for stating that the earth will endure is right on. In addition to reading opposing viewpoints such as John Casey’s work I too have thought how foolish “modern” men are who have apparently failed to read the “manufacturer’s warranty” on this world. (Kinda makes one wonder what the Pope’s copy of the Word says.)

  • bobnstuff says:

    What the Pope choose to talk about is his business. If Mr. Goser doesn’t want to hear it, that’s fine but there are a lot of thing Mr. Goser will miss out on by his choice which as a Catholic he is really shouldn’t miss and he is being childish in doing so. The is the head of his church, the voice of God in his times. I guess he really isn’t that much of a Catholic.

    1. mrcricketmba says:

      Who really cares, maybe the Catholic church should restructure their teachings to coincide with Christianity, just saying as a former Catholic.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        I think the health of the planet might be something the church might want to talk about. I’m not a catholic but if I could sit in the congress while he spoke I wouldn’t care if he read the phone book. Like him or not the Pope is one of the Great men of our times. Mr. Goser is a fool to miss a chance to meet him.

        1. Jimbo says:

          You have no business judging Mr. Gosar.

          1. Denise ogrady says:

            This dumb bobnstuff shows up all over with his stupid liberal jibber. Much like his idol Oblowhole! It is best to ignore ignorant fools like him.

    2. Jimbo says:

      Some Catholics ignore God. their conscience, and the dogma of the Catholic Church when they choose abortion. I’m a Catholic who has prayed for discernment, and have a clean conscience when I choose to ignore the Pope’s position on global warming, illegal immigration, and capitalism. If he was coming to talk religion and apolitical issues, I probably would have listened. But since he decided to enter politics on the side of the radical left, I choose not to.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        This could be one of the events of our ages. A point in history and he is going to miss being there. As far as global warming goes if all those people who believe in it are wrong and nothing happens but we cleaned up our air anyway no problem but on the chance that they are right and we do nothing we have just sent our children into hell on earth. Are you willing to take the chance? As far as human suffering and the out of control greed of mankind Jesus talked about it is why not the Pope.

        1. nonstopca says:

          The “greed ” is on the part of people like Al Gore…(and maybe YOU) when YOUR electric bill is higher then your mortgage, ever month, and grandmothers are starving and freezing to death in their homes, you may think differently.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            In the long run clean energy is cheaper then coal. All the real costs are up front. Many things that have been done to clean the environment have ended up saving money. In the last year overall energy costs in the US have dropped. It all depends where you live.

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