Pope Francis Scolds Americans as ‘Irresponsible,’ Demands Change to the ‘Western Model’
Pope Francis had harsh words for Americans in a new document calling for action to address what he called a “climate crisis” in which “the world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point.”
The pope released “Laudate Deum,” which is Latin for “Praise God,” on Wednesday on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, whose name he assumed when he became the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
The document says that efforts to combat climate change have moved too slowly, and that some parts of the world are more guilty than others.
“If we consider that emissions per individual in the United States are about two times greater than those of …