Skip to comments.On Earth Day, pope says nature will not forgive our trespasses
Posted on 04/22/2020 4:50:54 AM PDT by yardboyd
VATICAN CITY, April 22 (Reuters) - Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for protection of the environment on Wednesday's 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, saying the coronavirus pandemic had shown that some challenges had to be met with a global response.
Francis praised the environmental movement, saying it was necessary for young people to "take to the streets to teach us what is obvious, that is, that there will be no future for us if we destroy the environment that sustains us".
The pope, who wrote a major encyclical in 2015 on the defence of nature and the dangers of climate change, dedicated his general audience - broadcast from his library because of the coronavirus lockdown - to the theme.
Recounting a Spanish proverb that God always forgives, man sometimes forgives but nature never forgives, Francis said: "If we have deteriorated the Earth, the response will be very ugly."
A landmark in the emergence of the environmental movement when it first took place in 1970, this year's Earth Day has prompted calls from many, including U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, for governments to pursue "green recovery" in response to coronavirus
Both the pope and Guterres have made environmental protection and climate change signature themes of their offices.
"We see these natural tragedies, which are the Earth's response to our maltreatment," Francis said. "I think that if I ask the Lord now what he thinks about this, I don't think he would say it is a very good thing. It is we who have ruined the work of God."
Saying the Earth was not an endless deposit of resources to exploit, he said: "We have sinned against the Earth, against our neighbour and, in the end, against the creator."
Last year, after a synod of bishops from the Amazon region, Francis said he was considering adding a definition of "ecological sins" in the Roman Catholic Church's Catechism, a compendium of teachings and rules.
Francis, like Guterres, has likened the response to environmental dangers to that of the coronavirus.
"Only together, and looking after the most fragile (members of society) can we win global challenges," the pope said.
So far, massive economic stimulus packages launched by the United States, China and European governments have focused mainly on staunching the damage to existing industries and staving off the threat of a global depression.
But ministers from Germany, France and other EU members have signalled their support for subsequent interventions to align with climate goals, a theme taken up by climate campaign groups around the world. (Editing by Janet Lawrence)
Just who, exactly, is “nature” that it has the capacity or abiity to forgive anything? Is “nature” actually a sentient thing?
In other words “drill baby drill!”.
The Pope is a Gnon worshipper.
The fact that he reveres nature verifies that he’s a pagan.
This Pope is communist certainly, and Catholic only slightly possibly....
An excellent book...
Why on earth is the Pope anthropomorphizing nature?
The Pope may be Catholic, but he is definitely not Christian.
My wife and I drove by a high school yesterday and it had some kind of “Gaia” message on the sign in front, that made me swear aloud.
My wife said I get mad easily, and she didn’t even know what “Gaia” referred to.
Earth worshipers. That is their religion.
There is no God in that Pope. He is a politician, and a Marxist one at that.
Its only the very first Commandment.
It’s exactly the kind of thing you’d expect to hear from the Vicar of Pachamama.
Or, you know, the Thing in Biden-speak.
The pope, the Vatican and the figure statue of goddess Pachama he approves of in church. Another beauty from the Argentine fraud.
How queer of the Commie Pop.
Shed another tear for Lenin.
what’s more, how did they run off thv last pope to replace him with this fraud?
The Pope may as well go ahead and endorse the UAW!
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