Santorum at odds with Catholic Church?

To the Editor:

I was expecting to find on Sen. Santorum’s Web site his position on the hot button issue of energy security as it relates to climate change, but instead found his position on Second Amendment rights near the top with no mention of energy or climate whatsoever.

During the Republican debate televised by ABC and WMUR at St. Anselm College near Manchester, N.H., Santorum described how he is an activist for causes he believes in and mentioned he has worked on “global warming.”

What does this mean? I’m not sure if he was working to mitigate or hasten global warming based upon this statement. If he denies that climate change is a reality, this puts him at odds not only with a majority of scientists around the globe, but also with Pope Benedict XVI. Even as recently as the climate talks in Durban, South Africa, the Pope urged participants to make progress on curbing climate change, stating, “I hope that all members of the international community can agree on a responsible, credible and supportive response to this worrisome and complex phenomenon, keeping in mind the needs of the poorest populations and of future generations.”

Assuming that Santorum opposes the evidence that climate change is becoming a catastrophe, how does he reconcile his faith with his position that contradicts the Pope’s? — Matthew Ott, Little Falls

  • Joe

    No worries – he is not electable.

    • Matthew Ott

      The latest polls show that Santorum should do better in South Carolina.

  • Matthew Ott

    I’m also concerned though about electable candidates who hold the same position as Santorum. According to Lutheran Social Teaching, the said church takes a stand to mitigate global warming. http://archive.elca.org/socialpolicyresolutions/resolution.asp?id=94&ref=hts. I’m not sure if the Church of Latter Day saints has a similar stand?

  • Thanks, Matthew!

    Thanks for pointing out some interesting and relevant facts, Matthew. I don’t believe the LDS has a similar stand, as you mention. The LDS is trying as hard as they can right now to soft-pedal their views regarding race, part of the Book of Mormon that only changed when Mitt Romney was in his early thirties.

    There are even many Catholics who are at odds with the Church’s teachings regarding poverty/the poor/social justice , as well. If even priests are not forthcoming from the pulpit re: church position vis-a-vis Ayn Rand vs. Catholic doctrine, how do we expect regular folks in the pews to have good guidance from the Catholic Church?

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