At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Ohio Governor John Kasich responded to a climate change question posed by a self-described environmentalist by saying he thought Pope Francis was “onto something” in his Encyclical.

“God created us, and part of our relationship is to be good managers and stewards to the rest of his creations,” Kasich said. “He doesn’t want us to worship the environment – that’s called pantheism; he wants us to respect the environment.”

“I happen to believe there is a problem with climate change,” Kasich said back in 2012.