Encyclical on Climate Change: We Need More Than a Superhero Pope

BY CHRIS KERRJune 15, 2015

In our age of social media and viral video, one can’t be surprised by Observatório do Clima’s mock-trailer illustrating Pope Francis as a karate chopping, enemy fighting, superhero preparing to release an encyclical to fight evil environmental doers.  It’s fun!  And based on how Pope Francis rolls, I have no doubt that he will take on detractors with quips that hit like karate chops.

However, we need more than a Superhero Pope.  This is one of those times where a “team of one,” even when that one is a Pope, won’t cut it.  I think the person who knows this best is Pope Francis.  What we will see on Thursday is not an attempt to win the “fight” (as the trailer depicts it) on his own, but instead, an invitation to us all to be part of the struggle.  An invitation to respond to a grave reality we have collectively created for our home, to solidarity with our brothers and sisters, to a deeper relationship with God.  I am excited for the potential of this invitation, for the potential of our Church, and for the potential of our global community. This potential will rise as each of us responds to Francis’s invitation to be people of solidarity “caring for our home.”



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