In a leaked draft of the forthcoming encyclical on the environment Saturday Jan. 3, 2015, the Pope says:
Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family.
The document gives climate change an almost ontological import:
The relationship between individuals or communities and the environment ultimately stems from their relationship with God. When man turns his back on the Creator’s plan, he provokes a disorder which has inevitable repercussions on the rest of the created order.