In an article I read in the National Catholic Register this morning, it said that the Pope’s encyclical on the environment is expected to “reaffirm the Church’s teaching on safeguarding the environment and controversially endorse the science of anthropogenic climate change.”
If the encyclical states that man caused climate change, am I bound to obey that teaching as being an aspect of faith and morals? Would such an encyclical be considered infallible?
Next, and more concerning, is the statement that suggests that there is a delay in publishing the encyclical because the Pope wasn’t happy with the work of his ghost writer: "Magister said the Pope feared the first draft — which had been ghostwritten by his theologian friend from Argentina, Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández — would have been “demolished” by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “once it had gotten into his hands.”
Has it been common in the Church for someone other than the Pope to write an encyclical? I find this very disturbing.