Pope Francis seems like an admirable man, showing concern for the poor everywhere and for the developing world. I wish him all the best in his efforts to improve their condition.
I don’t care about the Pope’s or his institution’s opinions about climate change. I cannot imagine why anybody else does. They have been virulently anti-science for most of their history. I don’t think they are an authority on climate science. I do not trust them to advocate proper policy with regards to adaptation or mitigation.
The Catholic Church is not an institution I respect. They try to control humans by regulating who they bed and wed and have been responsible for much of the misery of the past 2,000 years. The fact that they have sheltered within their walls the largest pedophile ring in history should not be surprising and nor should be their sluggish and dilatory efforts to address the tragedy.
They don’t treat women equally. They oppose contraception and gay marriage. They hyped their opposition to condom use during the peak of the AIDS crisis. They helped kings launch the Crusades. They authored the Inquisition. They were anti-Semitic. They acquiesced to Nazi-ism. They played criminally fast and loose with the money donated to them by their parishioners.
Fortunately, I fully expect the Catholic Church and its adherents to show just as much disregard for my opinions as I have for theirs. I won’t take it personally.