Jeb Bush officially announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States earlier this week, and in the process, he declared that he wasn’t going to get “policy from my bishops or my cardinals or from my pope.”
The statement from Jeb Bush came after Pope Francis released an encyclical letter to over 5,000 bishops demanding attention be brought to bear on the disastrous effects of global warming.
That Jeb Bush doesn’t agree with the Pope is really no surprise, despite Bush describing himself a devout catholic. The republican side of the aisle has long denied a global warming or manmade climate change issue, despite the science.
Earlier today, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, talked about Jeb Bush’s adversity to the Pope’s encyclical letter. Wuerl said that he understood Jeb Bush’s position.
“I would hope that no politician gets policy from his faith committee, his faith community. The pope is talking about what we should be doing, not ‘Here is a political agenda that you must accept. Whether it’s economics, whether it’s politics, whether it’s finance, everything has a moral dimension to it because its human. And what the Pope is holding up for us is, we can’t just close in on ourselves, our own personal interests, our economic or financial interests or political interests. We have to look at this through the moral dimension of how does this affect everybody on the planet.”
In 2011, it looked like Jeb Bush might have been the odd exception in the GOP that actually understands the causes and effects of climate change when he made the leap, stating, “I think global warming may be real.” However, the words he followed the initial sentence with, were disheartening for many voters.
“It [global warming] is not unanimous among scientists that it is disproportionately manmade. What I get a little tired of on the left is this idea that somehow science has decided all this so you can’t have a view.”
Earlier this month, presidential candidate Rick Santorum – a practicing Catholic – went at the Pope stating that “there are more pressing problems on Earth” than global warming, and suggested that Pope Francis should leave the science to scientists. Santorum was pushed back on his heels when he was reminded that Pope Francis holds an advanced degree in Chemistry, essentially making the Pope a scientist.
What do you think about global warming? Do you think a republican candidate could ever admit what an overwhelming majority of the world’s scientists and the Pope are warning mankind about? Or do you feel that the left needs to stop scaring the world with this so-called “climate change” science just to get votes? Sound off in the comments below!
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