On Friday, Chicago Cardinal Blasé Cupich criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate change agreement.
In a series of tweets posted to his Twitter account, the cardinal called the decision “misguided,” and called the decision to step away from the agreement a “moral failure”:
The president, who addressed the nation on Thursday in a nationally-televised address, said that the United States stepped away from the agreement in order to potentially pursue a new one whose terms are “fair” to the United States.
“(We will) begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, (and) its taxpayers,” President Trump said. “So we’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate, and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair.”
Just last week Pope Francis hand delivered a192 page letter on climate change when he met with President Trump at the Vatican. One of the Pope’s closest allies called the President’s actions “a slap in the face” for Francis. Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo told Le Repubblica “it will be a disaster for everyone.”