Pope Francis was slammed on Saturday after declaring that litter in the world's oceans was an "emergency" that needed to be dealt with immediately, ignoring the Catholic Church's massive child sex scandal.
Francis, who made the remarks on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, decried the "seas and oceans" being "littered by endless fields of floating plastic."
"Here too, our active commitment is needed to confront this emergency," Francis said. "We need to pray as if everything depended on God’s providence, and work as if everything depended on us."
Francis' statement comes as the Catholic church is dealing with a massive pedophilia scandal, as a grand jury report alleges "that some 300 priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses abused more than 1,000 children over the past 70 years, with bishops covering it up."
The head-scratching declaration from Francis sent Twitter into a frenzy:
Actress Patricia Heaton added: