Being a rational, if occasionally irascible, individual the Sceptic Tank has never really got the whole organised religion thing - don't all the rules and regulations seem just a little bit, erm, constricting?
He has also had cause in the past to lament the dubious environmental record of various religious groups, ranging from the US Christian fundamentalist crazies and their desire for environmental apocalypse, to the Catholic church's condom-hating contribution to population control.
So he was delighted to learn that the Vatican can indeed play an informed and rational role in tackling global warming, releasing a report this month informing the faithful that we urgently need a low carbon economy.
"The business-as-usual mode will not be possible because of resource depletion and environmental damage," said Greenpeace, no, sorry, said the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
"We call on all people and nations to recognise the serious and potentially irreversible impacts of global warming caused by the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and by changes in forests, wetlands, grasslands and other land uses."
The report added that the cost of tackling runaway climate change "pales in comparison to the price the world will pay if we fail to act now".
So there we have it. The Pope and co may not be the biggest fans of science when it comes to pesky theories like evolution and the Big Bang, but they are bang on the money with climate change.
Even the gleefully agnostic Sceptic Tank is happy to say amen to that.
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