A report released this month by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences called on "all people and nations to recognise the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming" caused by man-made greenhouse gas emissions.
"By acting now, in the spirit of common but differentiated responsibility, we accept our duty to one another and to the stewardship of a planet blessed with the gift of life," it read.
But the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, said he questioned the effectiveness of any action.
"Climate change is real. The causes are unclear, and our ability to influence climate change [is] even less certain," he said.
My attitude to any group of scientists depends on the quality of their arguments," he told the Herald when asked about the academy's report.
COMMENT: It takes a special type of idiot to question the human influence on global warming especially if they live in Australia. You would have thought the high number of skin cancer cases in Pell's homeland due to the shrinking ozone layer (definitely caused by humans) would have got through to even his perverse braincells.
Evidently, Pell's flat-earthism is due to the fact that he read a book once by geologist Ian Plimer whose dismissal of human involvement in global warming has been severely criticised by the scientific community. Really, cardinals should be discouraged from reading books. I mean, anybody who believes all the pseudo-scientific crap that is espoused by the RC curia is going to believe absolutely anything, no matter how daft.