Papal authority and climate change: Preparing for Pope Francis' encyclical
Sometime in the near future, Pope Francis will publish the first encyclical of his papacy. Of all the possible topics, he has chosen to highlight ecology, shining a light on this pressing issue and highlighting the importance of immediate action among people of faith.
While for many this is an exciting and unprecedented move, others have already started criticizing the pope. Among the strongest critics are people who argue that Catholics do not have to take this document seriously—that it is not infallible teaching and therefore can be ignored.