Pope Francis’ Environmental Encyclical Rumored to Ex-communicate Climate Change Deniers

Pope Francis’ Environmental Encyclical Rumored to Ex-communicate Climate Change Deniers May 1, 2015

(AoftheANews) A source within the Vatican has leaked to AoftheA News that Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the environment might include harsh language for Catholics who deny the settled science of climate change.

Pope Francis - mulling ex-communication for climate change deniers?
Pope Francis – mulling ex-communication for climate change deniers?

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Vatican source – after a trans-Atlantic flight on a brand new private jet to the AoftheA News Office – somewhat giddily revealed he’s pretty sure the Holy Father intends to formally ex-communicate any Catholic professing to be a climate change denier.

“This will be huge, if it’s true,” the source said, dressed in an ‘I ♥ Al Gore’ t-shirt. “I’ll be happy beyond belief that those right wing nutjob Catholics are gonna get what they deserve. And I mean that in the most charitable way, of course.”

Spokespersons from The Tablet, The National Catholic Reporter, and America expressed similar sentiments.

“Let’s see how the conservative Catholics like it,” the NCR spokesman said. “We’ve been ex-communicated so many times – for supporting abortion, female ordination, voting Democrat – frankly, we’ve lost count. It’s about time the pendulum swings back the other way.”

“Awesome news,” the spokesperson from The Tablet exclaimed. “Francis was starting to disappoint me with his rhetoric on ‘traditional marriage’ and ‘gender issues’, but now that he’s done this, my faith in him is being restored. Praise Gaia!”

There are some questions as to whether the Holy Father has the power to make such a sweeping declaration, and how such a ruling would be implemented at the parish level. It is unclear if the ex-communication would be latae sententiae, similar to procuring an abortion or attempting female ordination, or would be administered on a case-by-case basis. For instance, would being skeptical of climate change be as serious as denying climate change.

The Vatican source admitted that none of those details were available. “Frankly, what does it matter? Skepticism, denial…same thing. They’re mortal sins…at least, they will be once the encyclical comes out.”

The encyclical on the environment will be published in the summer of 2015.

Photo credit: Christoph Wagener [Creative Commons] via Wikimedia

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  • I shudder to think of the number of folks who’d like to believe your post isn’t satire.
    I, for one, am looking to Pope Francis for a bit of clarity on this issue. This entire subject makes my head swim.

  • tj.nelson

    There was an earthquake in Michigan today – probably caused by human induced seismic activity at your dance studio.

  • Guthrum

    Russian scientists believe a small ice age is imminent. The man who started the Weather Channel isn’t convinced about global warming. Many areas of the country have just experienced the coldest winter on record. Our area has had two straight record cold winters. The last several summers here have been milder than the ’80’s and 90’s. I am not saying there is not climate change. I have just not seen enough evidence to convince me. Everyone I talk to feels the same way. I will say that people are worried about possible new government requirements and regulations that will cost them money.
    People are against any kind of treaties with the UN concerning this.

  • Barbara Ellen Barrs

    The Pope should step down for this heresy he is teaching. He is a false prophet. He denies the Holy Bible, and God’s Creation. What kind of leader of the Roman Catholic Church do we have? We are to follow Jesus Christ with the faith of a child but open your eyes to Pope Francis. I remain Roman Catholic as I will not allow one man capable of sin to separate me from the Holy Mass and the Eucharist. Global warming is a Communist/Socialist invention to control humankind. If one believes in this, he is denying the most perfect Creation of a Perfect God–Supreme Designer of a most perfect universe. The earth is created perfectly. All things work together for the good. His only-begotten Son came earth to suffer and die for us thus purchasing us with the greatest price. Open your eyes, people.

    • Anthony Zarrella

      Check the tags, ma’am. This is a satire piece. No such statement has been made by any Vatican source, nor could it be (since the scientific existence or non-existence of anthropogenic global warming is not a matter of faith or morals, and so is beyond the authority of the Magisterium to formally define).

  • JoAnn

    Ok, the sad thing is I can’t tell if this is satire or not! Please tell me that you’re joking?!

    • LarryD

      It’s tagged satire.

      • JoAnn

        Thank you! I only wandered on your site for the first time yesterday. I’ll read it again and laugh. (And your cat probably is plotting to kill you.)