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I've been rather concerned lately at the thought of Pope Francis releasing an encyclical on climate change. I have a science degree (not that it matters), and I am not convinced by studies claiming that human activity is responsible for global warming. I also reject the notion that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. It is a naturally occurring gas that trees and plants require to survive.
According to Father John Trigilio, there have only been two ex cathedra statements in history: (1) The Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX and (2) the Assumption of Mary by Pope Pius XII.
It was quite refreshing to listen to Father John, and I am really glad to know that whatever Pope Francis says about climate change, it won't be binding on my conscience. I will respect his opinions, but I can disagree with them if I so choose. His statements will most likely not be about faith and morals, and will only reflect his own personal opinions.