Pope Francis To Big Oil And Others: God Says Go Frack Yourself And Stop Destroying The World (VIDEO)

Few would question the notion that Pope Francis is the progressive voice of the Catholic Church and its more than 1 billion adherents.

Since his ascendency to the papal throne, the Pontiff has weighed in on a number of social and economic issues of modern life. Not to be overlooked in the Pope’s call for social and economic equality around the world is his crusade to protect the very planet that we all inhabit.

This past week while in the Philippines, Pope Francis spoke on climate change and let the world know that man had “slapped” Mother Nature in the face. And while it has gone unnoticed for awhile, he has already given his blessing to the anti-fracking movement.

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During Pope Francis’ recent interview with South American filmmakers on fracking, the Pope not only was seen holding up T-shirts that read, “NO to Fracking,” and “ Water is more Precious than Gold,” he expressed his support for the anti-fracking movement.

The Pope’s opposition to fracking is consistent with his prior papal statements on man’s abuse of the environment:

When I look at America, also my own homeland (South America), so many forests, all cut, that have become land… that can no longer give life. This is our sin, exploiting the Earth and not allowing her give us what she has within her.”

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“In addition, there are constant assaults on the natural environment, the result of unbridled consumerism, and this will have serious consequences for the world economy.”

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Each of us has a personal responsibility to care for creation, this precious gift which God has entrusted to us. This means, on the one hand, that nature is at our disposal, to enjoy and use properly. Yet it also means that we are not its masters. Stewards, but not masters. We need to love and respect nature, but instead we are often guided by the pride of dominating, possessing, manipulating, exploiting; we do not ‘preserve’ the Earth, we do not respect it, we do not consider it as a freely given gift to look after.”

Finally, during his recent trip to the Philippines, when asked about man’s effect on climate change, the Pope remarked:

“I don’t know if it is all [man’s fault] but the majority is, for the most part, it is man who continuously slaps down nature. We have in a sense taken over nature.”

Given these pronouncements by the leader of their own church, exactly how will Catholic Republicans, such as John Boehner, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio, respond to key environmental issues like the effects of the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking, climate change and attempts to roll back laws passed to protect the environment? On this issue only, I imagine they will declare that there should be a separation of church and state.

One thing we can depend on from this group of do-nothings is if President Obama is for it, the GOP, no matter their religion, is against it. In the meantime, we can depend on the Pope to stand up to Big Oil and be more than willing to let the world know that he is against fracking. I wonder if they carry his “No Fracking” T-shirts in the Vatican gift shop?

Here is the video of the Pope welcoming the film director, Fernando E. Solanas:


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