03 June 2015, The Tablet

Republican candidate tells Pope ‘leave science to scientists’

Rick Santorum, CNSCatholic Republican and presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Pope Francis should “leave science to the scientists” ahead of the publication of the papal encyclical on the imperative to care for the environment.

Mr Santorum, who denies that climate change is man-made, was asked by radio host Dom Giordano on CBS Philly when environmentalism became a matter of faith and morals.

Pope Francis, who holds a Masters degree in chemistry, will make the religious case for action on man-made global warming in his forthcoming encyclical, Laudato Sii by looking at the impact of climate change on humanity.

Mr Santorum said: “The Church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we're really good at, which is theology and morality. When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, I think the Church is not as forceful and credible."

In the interview he also said he “loved Pope Francis” and praised his commitment to the family.

“I support completely the Pope’s call to create opportunities for people to rise in society and care for the poor,” he added.

Above: Mr Santorum addressing the 2013 March for Life rally. Photo: CNS

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