Pope Francis’ climatologist visits New Orleans

nola.com | 2/5/2019 | Staff
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The Rev. Eduardo Scarel is best known for his role in advising Pope Francis on climate change. As such, he’s been dubbed the Pope’s climatologist. A Carmelite priest and atmospheric scientist, Scarel was in New Orleans earlier this week speaking with high school students and to an audience at the Notre Dame Seminary Tuesday evening.

Why does the Pope need a climatologist? “Because the care for environment, for nature requires to see the state of the planet,” Scarel said. “And the tools of science provide the best way to see.”

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Scarel helped advise Pope Francis on the Pope’s 2015 encyclical about climate change. An encyclical is a letter to Catholic leadership clarifying the church’s stance on an issue. The 2015 encyclical argued that humans have a moral imperative to address climate change.

The new study questions the reliability of how sea-level rise is measured in low-lying coastal areas.

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But the message wasn’t intended to stop with clergy. While not all priests are atmospheric scientists like Scarel, he said they should speak with their parishioners about human-induced climate change. “It’s a matter of global justice,” he...
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