Jeb Bush: Pope Francis should steer clear of climate issue

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush greets an audience member following a campaign town-hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire on June 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush greets an audience member following a campaign town-hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire on June 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brian Snyder *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-BUSH-POPE, originally transmitted on June 17, 2015.

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DERRY, N.H. (Reuters) In his first official day on the presidential campaign trail on Tuesday, Republican Jeb Bush, a Catholic, had sharp words on Pope Francis' decision to leap into the climate change debate.

  • Diana

    Pope Francis is a Marxist Progressive as is Jeb Bush. I am surprised Jeb doesn’t go along with it since “Climate Change” is United Nations Agenda 21 which George Bush Sr. signed in 1992. Check out Agenda 21 for Dummies to connect the dots.

  • Ted

    Apparently Jeb Bush is not actually Roman Catholic, just a pretender. The laity do not tell the pope what goes in an encyclical.

    Just another false-christian, serving Mammon.

  • Betty Clermont

    The usual misrepresentations on any reporting about this pope. Bush said: “I’d like to see what he [the pope] says as it relates to climate change and how that connects to these broader, deeper issue before I pass judgment.” Hardly the pope “should steer clear of climate issue.” Jeb is restating the same as JFK and Mario Cuomo i.e. the Church doesn’t dictate his policies.

  • Greg

    There are no true Scotsmen.

    Come on Ted, lap up that porridge or your kilted backside will get paddled…

  • Greg

    I’d hesitate to say that shrub’s name in the same paragraph as JFK.

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  • Doesn’t Bush know that we are not only dealing just with his church but with a state-the longest running monarchy in the history of humanity. No separation of church from state there. Wake up America.

  • Scott Shaver

    The idea of a “flat earth” (much worse state than “globally warmed” IMO) is dated by many from the 17th century as part of a campaign by Protestants against Catholic teaching.

    Fast forward 400 years we now have anti-papal clerics (i.e. Southern Baptists) appealing to an encyclical by a Pope who has more background in liberation theology than meteorology and earth science.

    Popes and Pastors notwithstanding, a lot of folks see a lot of similarity between “flat earth” and “global warming”.for more than a few reasons.

  • Larry

    Wrong. Japan has the longest running continual hereditary monarchy in history going for almost 2700 years.

    There is nothing more pathetic than the sectarian sniping between Seven Day Adventists and the Catholic Church.

  • JR

    Pope Leo XIII wrote several encyclicals on workers and their right to earn fair wages and be treated with respect, so Pope Francis has every right to share his views on the state of the earth. To him the issue is important enough to offer advice in a manner that God would. It is not the type of encyclical that professes infallible doctrine, it is more of a wise man commenting on a situation that affects us all. A world facing a crisis of any kind will give birth to both sinners and saints…..Francis is just trying to help us know this.

  • Eric

    Sorry Betty, but you forgot his conclusion: “I’m a little skeptical about all of this.” Since Bush is already on the record saying it is “arrogant” to accept what climate scientists are telling us about global warming, he’s already passed judgement on the Pope’s Encyclical, whatever dodge he does here.

  • Sister Mary Elephant PO, PHUD, XO

    Lotsa similarity indeed, if by “similarity” you mean, not much in common at all. The former is wrong, and the latter is happening measurably.

  • Eric

    “I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home,” Bush said. “But I don’t get my economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope.” Bush, a former Florida governor who converted to Catholicism 25 years ago, said religion “ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting into the political realm.”

    So where does slut shaming come into play in his mind? The “making us better as people” part of religion? Or those other parts of religion he likes to bring “into the political realm”?

    Bush’s slut-shaming, “Scarlet Letter Law”:

    Bush’s deference to RC dogma over US law:

  • Vicar Dave

    The Pope’s comments are not about politics but the fate of the planet, based in climate science. It not politics to talk about the future of life.
    Wake up Jeb!!

  • James Nemec

    It is your words “slut shaming,” but holding people accountable for their actions seemed to be the gist of what he was saying. However, using the Huffington Post as your source is telling, since it has the journalistic integrity of Cosmopolitan magazine. The second link just reaffirms your bias and makes an inaccurate statement about the founding of this country, but it is revisionist atheist dribble, so with a grain of salt should it be taken. Being a better person, doesn’t mean blowing with the winds of public opinion. It takes courage to say this is what I believe in, take it or leave it. Religion may have shaped his world view, but politics is about the rights of the individual, and like it or not he has his right to these opinions.

  • Eric

    C’mon, admit it: you work for the Bush campaign. How else to explain someone using the same sophistry as the Gov? I mean, this?: “Religion may have shaped his world view, but politics is about the rights of the individual, and like it or not he has his right to these opinions.” This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. As if you or Bush give a sh!t about individual rights if they conflict with your religious *cough* “values!”

    Case in point? Your Orwellian double-talk about slut-shaming being just an effort to hold people accountable for their actions. As if “personal accountability” really matters to Bush unless it’s a club he can use to beat others with! You can scoff at my links all you want, but unless you can provide evidence the claims they make are based on false information, my point stands and your rhetoric is as empty as it sounds.

  • Tom

    “I don’t get my economic policy from . . . my pope” is a statement worth engaging, but its not the matter at hand. Is it too much to ask that Bush get his science policy from scientists? Or consider the moral implications of his economic policies? The Pope isn’t handing him an economic blueprint, he’s saying, “keep running the world on the principles of growth and a never-ending extraction of resources and life will become unsustainable.” By all means, create any economic system you like, but just as you can’t deny gravity, you can’t deny what will happen to the atmosphere when carbon in the atmosphere exceeds more than 350 parts per million.

  • Charles Freeman

    Jeb Bush and the Pope share, at least, on attribute of the Earth. That is a decent climate. Does either of them know much about climate change? It’s a bit risky to say, but I hazard a guess that the Pope may a little more than Jeb. The reason is that the Pope has a large building of Catholic oriented science buffs. Jeb won’t be the next President, but Francis will be touted as a strong Pope, following his own beliefs, but with consistency in Catholic Dogma. How he manages – It’s a mystery.

  • Betty Clermont

    “skeptical” is NOT “Pope Francis should steer clear of climate issue.” Republicans have used climate denial as a political strategy to manipulate their tea party wing. Before the pope’s encyclical, they had already decided to use climate change to reduce taxes on the one percent.

  • Nick Brown

    I commend the Pope for bringing to us to moral aspect of climate change.

    America is extraordinarily isolated in its approach to climate change. Whenever I visit the States I am struck by the the way that this huge issue has been shoved off the agenda of polite conversation. It IS politics in the USA whereas amy where else climate change is something to worry about when you think about your children and grandchildren.

    Well done Francis if he makes this an issue for free discussion in the United States. The US is still hugely influential in the world and should be leading on this issue, not avoiding talking about it, and leaving it to the Chinese to develop the will and the technology to fix it.

  • Bonnie Bush

    Keep diggin’ your hole Jeb. Your statement today shows the depth of your

  • Ellen Ladden Ranaudo

    Thank you JR. The misconception among non-Catholics – and even some Catholics – is the Pope is “infallible” on everything. The Pope is infallible on “doctrine” as you stated. The rest of his comments, letters, encyclicals are educated comments and teachings about social justice, etc. Wise, but not infallible. The encyclical is a very “wise man’s” intelligent and thoughtful teachings, a man, who by the way, has a Masters Degree in Science. If a political leader doesn’t weigh sound advice from his religious leaders, just who is he listening to? Jeb Bush will not be my choice for a candidate for President. His moral compass is a little askew.

  • DD

    I’m not relgious and have often frowned on the catholic religion especially considering it’s history. But Pope Francis has it right this time. For all those running this country who deny the simple science that we are capable of and currently are destroying the ecosystem, need to be voted out of office–it is crucial that this be the one thing that America stand as one on. Those denier politicians will run this planet to its death for the sake of greed and money, and it is not worth the risk of destroying our three most basic needs of survial – air, food, and water. Thank you dearly, Pope Francis, for standing tall on this controversial issue . You have very much done the right thing on this scary issue that has been gravely ignored by many of our leaders!!