Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, has claimed in an interview that Pope Francis will “convince” President Trump to take action climate change during their scheduled meeting on May 24th.
Pope to convince Trump on climate change, Sorondo tells ANSA
‘Oil companies rallied against pope’s encyclical’
(ANSA) – Vatican City, May 15 – Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez told ANSA in an interview that he believes the Pope will convince US President Donald Trump to change his mind on climate change. Pope Francis dedicated his ‘Laudato Si’ encyclical to climate change and will be meeting with Donald Trump on May 24, who has signed an executive order dismantling Obama-era environmental legislation.
In the eyes of Sanchez Sorondo, the choices adopted on climate by Trump “are against science, even before being against what the Pope says. In the election campaign he even said it was a Chinese invention to criticize America. But this president has already changed about several things, so perhaps on this as well”.
He added that “today the Chinese are actually very collaborative as concerns the commitments they took on climate with the Paris Climate Conference (the Conference of the Parties, or COP2)”.
The Argentinian bishop, who spoke last week at the University of the Holy Cross at an event marking the two-year anniversary of the Pope’s encyclical, said that “when he was preparing the ‘Laudato Si’, oil lobbies did everything in their power to prevent the Pope from saying what he did, meaning that climate change is caused by human activity that employ fossil fuels.
Perhaps the oil companies wanted a ‘light’ encyclical’ – a romantic one on nature that wouldn’t say anything at all.
Instead, the Pope followed what the scientific community says.
If the president does not follow science, then that is the president’s problem.” On his opinion that the Pope will manage to “convince” Donald Trump, Sorondo said that “they will come to an agreement, since the president claims to be a Christian, and so he will listen to him.”