A “Senior Vatican Official” has made it clear that the official stance of the Vatican is that Donald Trump is taking the United States in the wrong direction.
According to Reuters, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, made a statement in which he condemns both Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and his promises to kickstart a dying United-States coal industry.
The decisions, denounced as disastrous, are taking the United States “back to the past,” and further highlighted that by ignoring what is dangerously obvious, we all face the risk of worsening environment that will smack us like a “boomerang that will come back … especially to poor people.”
Reuters goes on:
Trump said on June 1 he was pulling the United States out of the 195-nation Paris climate agreement, the first to oblige all nations to limit greenhouse gas emissions, saying he wanted to create jobs in the U.S. fossil fuel industry.
Trump said participating in the pact would undermine the U.S. economy, wipe out jobs, weaken national sovereignty and put his country at a permanent disadvantage.
“This is to go back to the past and not to see the future,” Sanchez Sorondo, an Argentine like the pope, told Reuters in a telephone interview. He said future energy jobs would be in renewables, such as wind or solar power, rather than coal.
Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement “is a disaster for this country (the United States) and also for all the world”, he said, echoing remarks he made to an Italian newspaper just before Trump’s announcement.
Urging Trump to be a peace maker, the Pope provided him with a copy of the 2015 encyclical when they met last month. Bishop Sorondo did not know whether Trump had read the document or not.