There is a healthy discussion now underway within Catholic circles asking the improbable question: What is the message of Laudato Si, the pope’s new encyclical on the environment? The political left feels not just vindicated but triumphant. Global warming is not just sound science, it is dogma. Conservative skeptics are therefore not just ignorant, they are immorally ignorant.
There are numerous unnecessary and annoying genuflections to liberal political ideology in the statement. But there are also passages in this encyclical that could be interpreted as endorsements of the social conservative agenda, and you can bet your bottom euro that the national news media will refuse to discuss them.