John's Statement in the House on Pope Francis's encyclical on climate change


Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 18/06/2015 14:10:32
Context : Statements
Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, Pope Francis has just released his encyclical on climate change.

Over the centuries great prophets have denounced injustice and spoken truth to power, often at great personal risk.

In more modern times, Wilberforce denounced the scourge of slavery in the British Empire.

Bishop Desmond Tutu fearlessly led the fight against apartheid.

Reverend Tommy Douglas denounced the injustice of tying healthcare to the size of your bank account.

Pope John Paul the Second will best be remembered as the spiritual godfather of the demise of communism.

Into this prophetic role stepped Pope Francis this week. In a comprehensive, well-researched and penetrating account of the current and potential ravages of climate change, the Pope zeroed in on the injustice that allows the rich to get richer on the backs of those least able to adapt. Like the prophets of old, he denounced the cavalier indifference of the smug and the affluent.

If the Conservative government doesn't get the science, or chooses to ignore the economics, surely they will listen to the clarion call of Pope Francis. To ignore faith, science and economics is to define smug ignorance.

Link to Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato si:

“Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”. - Pope Francis