- Sep 24, 2020
California Governor Jerry Brown told a Vatican conference on climate change that the “Trump factor is very small. Very small indeed.” Brown said the majority of the American people support taking action to combat climate change, but warned work had to be done “to move aside the huge rock of indifference, complacency and inertia.”
A process to normalize the appointment of bishops in China, so they are confirmed by both the Vatican and the ruling Communist Party’s Catholic bodies not affiliated with the Vatican, has been at the center of negotiations for three years.
The Chinese state-owned Global Times, an English-language newspaper, has quoted Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo’s positive remarks about China. Sánchez Sorondo is in Beijing, and state media in the communist country usually does not draw attention to the presence of Vatican officials when they are in the country.
Catholic leaders, including the U.S. bishops’ conference and Catholic Relief Services, have issued statements criticizing President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement “represents the important awareness that, faced with issues as complex as climate change, individual and/or national action is not enough; instead it is necessary to implement a responsible collective response truly intended to work together in building our common home,” Pope Francis wrote to the 22nd session of the UN convention on climate change in 2016.
Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, head of the Vatican’s Academy of Sciences, said that if President Donald Trump does in fact take the United States out of the Paris deal on climate change, signed in Dec. 2015, “it would be a disaster for everyone” and also a “slap in the face” for the Vatican too.