Anglican Bishop attacks Pell over environment

Sydney Archbishop George Pell has come under attack from Anglican Bishop George Browning over his stance on climate change.

Canberra Bishop George Browning, the Anglican Church's global environmental chief said Cardinal Pell was out of step with his own church and made no sense on global warming.

Bishop Browning said Pell’s comments about Jesus saying nothing about climate change were “ almost unbelievable", The Age reported.

"I wrote him a letter saying Jesus had an awful lot to say about the rich taking what belonged to the poor and about the heritage of the children, and as he spoke about both of these things he spoke about climate change." Bishop Browning said, chairman of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network.

Bishop Browning further criticised Cardinal Pell by saying he was an exception “even in his own church.”

"I frankly don't know where he's coming from or why he says what he does. It doesn't make any sense to me. The contribution he should make as leader of the Catholic Church is muted because of his stance,” Bishop Browning said.

However Pell dismissed Brownings comments by saying that church leaders should be “allergic to nonsense.”

"My task as a Christian leader is to engage with reality, to contribute to debate on important issues, to open people's minds and to point out when the emperor is wearing few or no clothes," Pell said.

"Radical environmentalists are more than up to the task of moralising their own agenda and imposing it on people through fear.

"They don't need church leaders to help them with this, although it is a very effective way of further muting Christian witness," he said.

Pell in bitter row over climate
(The Age, 24/10/07)

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