Tuesday, June 02, 2015


At Raw Story, David Edwards reports:
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said this week that he was a “huge fan” of Pope Francis but that the pontiff should stop buying into the global warming debate and, instead, “leave the science to the scientists.”

During a Monday interview with WPHT, host Dom Giordano noted that Pope Francis was expected to urge lawmakers to take action on climate change when he visits the U.S. later this year....

“The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists,” the candidate insisted.
Does Santorum not realize that the pope actually is "leaving science to the scientists" -- including the eighty credentialed members of the Vatican's own Pontifical Academy of Sciences, under whose aegis last year's statement on "Sustainable Humanity, Sustainable Nature: Our Responsibility" was issued?

As Christopher Dickey has written:
The academy, which in various forms dates back to the early 17th century, is today avowedly “non-sectarian” and includes among its 80 members many non-Catholics, non-Christians and, it is fair to say, some non-believers, not to mention some of the most famous scientists and social scientists in the world. Over the years, scores of the academy’s members have won Nobel Prizes, including the awards for chemistry, physics, medicine and economics.
Here's part of the C.V. of the Academy's president:

How many folks like this are there on Santorum's staff? How many Nobelists?

I'm not a believer anymore, but I respect the Catholic Church's approach to science -- for example, while the church argues for divine creation, it unhesitatingly accepts evolution (unlike Santorum).

Christopher Dickey quotes the Academy's chancellor, Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, as follows:
“If we don't accept science, we don't accept reason,” says Sánchez, “and reason was created by God."
I wish Rick Santorum felt the same way.


petrilli said...

Here's a scientific fact for both The church and Senator Frothy: The Morning After Pill is not an abortion. Stop saying that it is.

Vixen Strangely said...

Santorum is very good at getting things very wrong--the Pope actually studied chemistry. And is doctrinally infallible when speaking as to issues of moral authority--preserving the environment in which we live is a moral duty consistent with valuing human life, according to Santorum's own Church. It's like he's got nothing right, there.

Daro said...

This Pope is a marketing genius. He took a failing brand and has turned it around in 2 years. Seems sincerity still has a place in success street.

Victor said...

Icky St - Icky Sticky Ricky obviously preferred the last two Pope's - "Ratzi Da Nazi," and Pope John "Misogynist) Paul II.

They were much more this nitwit's style.

Not that this Pope would do that, but maybe, like they did with politicians who supported choice, Communion could be withheld from political Evolution deniers.

petrilli said...

Yeah, Daro, Like Groucho said, "Sincerity is the key. Once you've learned to fake that, you've got it made."

Professor Chaos said...

For a devout Carholic like Santotum, he Pope is infallible. Unless he says something that conflicts with their right-wing world view.

Placeholder said...

Prof Chaos, I realize you're a liberal and therefore you think you're perfect and that you know everything. Still: The Pope isn't infallible under Catholic doctrine unless he specifically declares that statement X is infallible.

I think it's falling-down funny to see liberals rushing to cheer this pope's endorsement of their global warming hypothesis, given the Church's track record on science.