But even if that proves to be the case, we would serve the Church and the world better by a different emphasis. We should enthusiastically embrace every part of the document that we decently can. By doing so, our actions and words can shift the focus of the discussion and the debate. If the Pope gives us an opening, we should take it.
Yes, he may very well get the climate change science wrong. Frankly, I hope he doesn’t say too much about science, because scientific evidence changes all the time.
But I am quite sure he won’t be advocating forced abortions or mass sterilizations or any of the other human rights atrocities that have been foisted upon the world using the environmental movement for cover.
We really do need to have an honest discussion about how to care for the world’s poor without eliminating poor people. The United Nations Population Fund has been foisting birth control and abortion onto poor countries for years, with the complicity and cooperation of US taxpayers.
Pope Francis could be just the guy to put a stop to that. And we, the unabashed, unashamed pro-life Catholics, can help him.
Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. is Founder and President of the Ruth Institute.