Climate conversion? Al Gore: ‘I could become a Catholic because of this Pope’


By: - Climate DepotMay 4, 2015 9:00 PM with 28 comments

Al Gore announced on April 29, 2015 that Pope Francis’s global warming advocacy could turn the former Vice President into a Catholic. Gore was speaking during the Dean’s Speaker Series at the University of California Berkeley. 

Partial transcript of Gore’s remarks: ” I think Pope Francis is quite an inspiring figure really. A phenomena. I’ve been startled with the clarity of the moral force that he embodies. He kind of raises in a new context the old question: “Is the Pope Catholic?” (laughter)

“That’s a joke by the way.

Well I’ve said publicly in the last year, I was raised in the Southern Baptist tradition, I could become a Catholic because of this Pope. He is that inspiring to me. And I know the vast majority of my Catholic friends are just thrilled to the marrow of their bones that he is providing this kind of spiritual leadership.”

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Climate conversion? Al Gore: ‘I could become a Catholic because of this Pope’

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  • Anon Anon

    Does he plan on giving 10% of everything he owns, yearly, to the church?

    • bmatkin

      He already does, his personal church of global warming is very rich indeed. He even pays himself to offset his huge carbon lifestyle. Is there anything more cynical than that?

  • Carbonicus

    Al Gore is to science what Stephen Hawking is to UFC Cage Fighting.
    He’s an Eco-Statist misanthrope.

  • MrRightWingDave

    You’ve got a long way to go, Al, but once you are able to stand up against abortion, so-called gay marriage and contraception, accept that the Catholic Church was the only one founded by Jesus, and believe that the Holy Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ, come on in! We’d love to have you!

    • Jude

      Amen! The cafeteria is STILL closed.

    • bmatkin

      Actually Catholics believe that Peter founded Catholicism, Jesus did not establish a church, that was left to Peter. (and others)
      That was, indeed, the whole point of training up Simon bar Jonah.

      • czechlist

        “…upon this rock I will build my church.”
        Matthew 16:18
        “I will” not “you will”

        • Jude

          Slam dunk!

          • bmatkin

            read above

        • bmatkin

          Yes, semantics. Of course you attribute the building to God. But….. He wasn’t there was he.
          There were no churches in Ephesus, Corinth, Alexandria, Jerusalem. That was done by the apostles under Peter.
          Jesus established the gospel and the doctrine and left it to Peter to do. He sent the Holy Spirit to Peter on the day of Pentecost to help Peter get it right. It was Peter who had the revelation about allowing Gentiles into the church. So in that sense it was God that founded the church but in an earthly sense it was Peter and the Apostles.
          I’m not arguing that Christ isn’t the head or the “founder” in the sense of doctrine and enlightenment, but Rome was pagan at the time of Christ. It only became a Bishopric long after the Resurrection.
          The Rock of the Scripture was Peter. Which means Rock in Greek. Right.
          So….. I was right.

      • MrRightWingDave

        No.

        • bmatkin

          Yes. see below

          • MrRightWingDave

            Matthew 28:19-20. That is Jesus speaking, not Peter. Either you are not Catholic and believe what you’ve been told by a ” pastor”, or took one CCD class once back in the 70’s. Regardless, you don’t have a clue about what Catholics believe.

          • bmatkin

            Dave: I know it was Jesus speaking, and… every Christian church claims that Jesus some how or other that Jesus himself through the Holy Spirit established and guides the organization.
            My point was this: Technically (not spiritually) Jesus established no church…. none The mantle of that authority passed to Peter who Jesus called the Rock. Right?
            There were no congregations in any city or town when Jesus ascended into Heaven, right?
            So, the work of conversion and congregational formation was left to who? Peter, right?
            Wasn’t Peter supposed to be the first Pope?
            Wasn’t the bishopric of Rome equal to all others until Peter went to Rome?
            Perhaps you know less about your own church than you think.
            This is not critical of Catholicism. This is just historically factual. Catholics can claim that Jesus started the whole of Catholicism and be spiritually and scriptural in their opinion. No problem.
            However, Jesus was long dead before Rome became the center of the Christian faith.

          • Brendan Quinn

            The location is irrelevant. The fact is Jesus clearly established the Catholic Church. And you stated, “Catholics believe Peter founded Catholicism” . Completely wrong. Jesus speaking to St. Peter said ” You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will never hold out against it.” Seems pretty clear to me. It is also in the Catholic Catechism that we, (Catholics), believe that Jesus established the Holy Catholic Church. So there you have it.

          • bmatkin

            Jesus was dead centuries before Rome decided that all Christianity should center in Rome.
            Peter was dead for centuries also.
            Each church had a bishop. Each church was equal and was administered locally by the Bishop.
            The Apostles were the traveling keepers of the faith to make sure it did not stray from the truth. The were all dead by 100 AD.
            The New Testament is full of letters from Paul and others castigating locals who were straying from the faith. All Apostles were dead long before the Roman branch of the church with its Bishop became head of all other congregations.
            Rome did not become central to Christianity until Constantine was baptized and even then it was the next Emperor who mandated Christianity as the central religion of the Roman empire.
            Peter simply could not have founded the Roman Catholic church because he was dead centuries before hand.
            In fact, Alexandria and Ephesus were far more important Christian centers than Rome (as well as Jerusalem.)
            Jesus himself established no church, that was left to Peter as you say. However, it is clear that a. Rome was never intended to be central to all Christendom, that Peter established the church but the church is all believers not just Catholics. b. They were all dead long before the Roman empire co-opted Christianity c. Catholic teachings while Christian do not reflect the original teachings and organization of the primitive “Peter” church.
            So, there you have it.

  • RC

    And I will stop being one if you become one.

  • Clambaked22

    What a douchebag this guy is, Honestly, and a hypocrite like Al Gore will live forever. Why cant he just stroke out. Croak, Have a heart attack, something nice like that.

  • Clambaked22

    What a joke.

  • Mervyn

    Robert Pirsig once wisely said, “When on person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity; when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.”

    Al Gore suffers from the delusion of catastrophic man-made global warming, as does his new climate change guru, the Pope.

    • Barbara

      The Vatican climate change agreement is said to have been signed by the participants at that meeting but only the names of a few who participated/or were there are known?

      If those who participated have such strong convictions about climate change, then are they afraid to be known?

      Forget the religion this has now become a political issue that affects all.

    • Barbara

      Wikileaks: Vatican, Jan.21, 2010

      “Green” Pope Supports US Path Forward From Copenhagen”

      “Even more important than the Vatican’s lobbying assistance, however, is the influence the Pope’s guidance can have on public opinion in countries with large Catholic majorities and beyond.”

      Last line of this cable is: DIAZ
      Miguel Diaz, U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican?

      http://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/10VATICAN13_a.html

    • Barbara

      WikiLeak as reported by: Catholic Herald, UK, Dec.10,2010

      “WikiLeaks: Vatican promised to lobby for climate change agreement”

      http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2010/12/10/wikileaks-vatican-promised-to-lobby-for-climate-change-agreement

  • steve mcdonald

    The global warming religion with a complicit Pope will become a crusade that will kill millions of proud but extremely poor people.

    When will they ever learn.

    It’s so demonic how the love for more power and money can make certain people so hideously repugnant.

  • Chris Hanson

    No Al, we’d prefer not to have you.

  • PhD

    This comment from our F grade religious student Al. This pope is definitely a collectivist Leftie just like Al. They would be good bedfellows.
    And a great reason to stop being a Roman Catholic and/or a Democrat

  • cardigan

    A phenomena? He didn’t learn any grammar from him then.