For decades, the Church has been viewed by the media and the left as anti-science. Any proclamation issuing from the papacy was often derided as the words of an anti-science zealot who probably would’ve killed Galileo if given half a chance.
The pope’s encyclical on the environment is being hailed by environmentalists, the media, and the left in general. (Wait, am I being redundant?)
So now maybe they’ll listen to the pope talk about the sacredness of life and the importance of traditional marriage. Nah, just kidding.