President Donald Trump got yet another stunning rejection this week from the world’s Catholic community.
A representative for Catholic Pope Francis said the Trump administration’s plan to end U.S. involvement in the global climate agreement would be a “slap in the face … for everyone.” This is the latest development in Trump’s ongoing tensions with the Vatican.
“If he really does (pull out), it would be a huge slap in the face for us,” Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo reportedly said this week. ” … It will be a disaster for everyone.”
The Vatican, which under Pope Francis’ insistence has strongly backed the Paris climate change deal, would see a U.S. exit as a slap in the face and a “disaster for everyone,” a senior official said on Thursday.
At their meeting last month, the pope gave U.S. President Donald Trump a signed copy of his 2015 encyclical letter that called for protecting the environment from the effects of climate change and backed scientific evidence that it is caused by human activity.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin urged Trump in a separate meeting not to quit the Paris accord.
… Sanchez Sorondo said he believed the U.S. oil lobby was behind the decision and that the industry had “maneuvered” Trump.
A withdrawal “would not only be a disaster but completely unscientific,” he said. “Saying that we need to rely on coal and oil is like saying that the earth is not round. It is an absurdity dictated by the need to make money.”
Trump has called the idea of global warming a hoax.
Trump and Pope Francis have exchanged criticism repeatedly since Trump entered the political scene two years ago. Trump is quickly losing support from U.S. Christians, in part due to Francis’s rejection of the GOP agenda.
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President Donald Trump is getting a stunning rejection from the world’s top Christian leader.
Pope Francis, leader of the global Catholic church, has been telling his followers that they must reject Trump’s position on immigrants and refugees. According to Pope Francis, Christians have a duty to embrace immigrants and refugees – that’s exactly the opposite of what Trump and modern day Republicans are trying to do.
This is an important reminder for all Americans who call themselves Christians.
“It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help,” Pope Francis reportedly said.