The Pontiff inviting Brown as a speaker comes as an unpleasant surprise to many Catholics. The governor, who earlier in life practiced to be a Jesuit priest before having a change of heart, is well known for his liberal stance on abortion, advocacy for gay marriage, and LGBTQ issues.
She is one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the pope’s most senior aides and a professor of climate change economics. But this week the secular radical will join forces with the Catholic cardinal in the latest move by Pope Francis to shift the debate on global warming. Naomi Klein and Cardinal Peter Turkson are to lead a high-level conference on the environment, bringing together churchmen, scientists and activists to debate climate change action. Klein, who campaigns for an overhaul of the global financial system to tackle climate change, told the Observer she was surprised but delighted to receive the invitation from Turkson’s office.
Arroyo: "This week a political group has started a petition to try to silence this show by daring to feature what it calls 'a notorious climate change denial activist'. Now, for anyone who cares to watch, we hosted a fair debate, boys and girls...Is this online pressure group and its supporters really saying that the science of climate change, the record, is somehow above debate? And that even to discuss these matters should be verboten? Sorry but that doesn't wash here...For a mob by petition or otherwise to attempt to stifle debate or forbid certain topics from conversation is a type of bullying that will never be tolerated on this program.'
'But the distinction between the pope’s moral authority and mere political opinion will get harder to draw this summer when Francis’ forthcoming encyclical is expected to make environmental protection and shielding the poor from the effects of climate change a matter of church doctrine.'
“This is nothing short of an ‘Unholy Alliance’ between the Vatican and man-made climate fear promoters,” said Marc Morano, publisher of ClimateDepot, quoted in a libertarian online outlet The New American.