The pope elevates climate to a moral issue.
Although I decided to leave the church during my years at a Catholic university, I developed a deep respect for the Jesuit order.
On Thursday Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, released his first major encyclical and the teaching focuses on anthropogenic climate change.
While broad in its scope, the major talking point is that climate change is a moral issue.
My respect for the Jesuits is reaffirmed.
In emphasizing that climate change is a moral issue, the spiritual and moral leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide is elevating the issue from its environmental and scientific confines to where it belongs, in the realm of human morality.