Rick Santorum Wants Pope Francis To Stop Talking About Climate Change

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says he loves Pope Francis, but he wants the pontiff to stop talking about climate change.

Santorum, a devout Catholic, told Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano on Monday that the pope should “leave science to the scientists.”

His comments come as the pope becomes increasingly vocal about climate change and is expected to release a groundbreaking encyclical on the environment in the coming weeks.

Santorum described himself as a “huge fan” of the pope and said he appreciates the pontiff’s commitment to family issues, but he wants the church to stay out of science.

“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 and focusing on what we’re really good at, which is theology and morality,” Santorum said. “When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, I think the church is not as forceful and credible.”

His full comments from “The Dom Giordano Show” are included below. The discussion of the pope starts at about the 10-minute mark.

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Despite his pleas to the pope, Santorum has a history of rejecting established science. He denies that climate change is man-made and has dismissed global warming as a “hoax” despite the fact that 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that “climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities,” according to NASA.

Santorum has also rejected evolution and instead believes in “intelligent design,” according to Discover magazine.

Pope Francis says evolution does not contradict church doctrine.

(h/t Raw Story)

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