Santorum: Climate change shouldn’t be papal priority

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says Pope Francis should focus on more serious problems than climate change.

Francis, whose encyclical on the environment will be published June 18, has said global warming is mostly man-made and that humanity has a moral duty to stop it.

But Santorum told Fox News Sunday that he thinks there are “more pressing problems” confronting the Earth than climate change. The former Pennsylvania senator, who is Catholic, said the question is, “What should the pope use his moral authority for?”

Santorum also rejected the idea that man-made climate change is an established fact. He said claims that the science is settled are “political science, not real science.”

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