While we still wait for him to sort out the various scandals that have shaken the public trust even in the highest ranks of the clergy, he’s considering the recognition of a new class of environmental sins.
It seems like a bad idea to us, but maybe our Catholic readers will see it differently.
This came up in the same speech that raised eyebrows for what the Pope said about politicians denouncing homosexuality being like Hitler.
Pope Francis, who has made the environment a signature cause of his pontificate, said he was strongly considering adding the category of “ecological sin” to the Catholic Church’s official compendium of teachings.
“We must introduce—we are thinking—into the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, the ecological sin against the common home, because it’s a duty,” the pope said at the Vatican Friday.
He noted that ecological sin would be defined as an “action or omission against God, against others, the community and the environment. It is a sin against future generations and is manifested in the acts and habits of pollution and destruction of the harmony of the environment.”
In the same speech he said that developments in politics and business remind him of dark episodes from humanity’s past, including Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.
“It is not coincidental that at times there is a resurgence of symbols typical of Nazism,” Francis said as he decried the “culture of waste and hate” represented by contemporary politicians who spew derogatory and racists attacks against homosexuals, gypsies, Jewish people, and others. “I must confess to you,” he continued, “that when I hear a speech (by) someone responsible for order or for a government, I think of speeches by Hitler in 1934, 1936.”
Francis also blamed global capitalism for ‘plundering the earth’ at the expense of the poor and future generations.
“Global financial capital is at the origin of serious crimes not only against property but also against people and the environment,” Francis said, comparing capitalism to “organized crime” committing “ecocide.” Francis added that such crimes committed by corporations should be punished.
He’s downplaying, for example, the sexual morality explicitly laid out in scripture, while elevating a new basis of morality that ‘just happens’ to express the very moral values currently on the ascendant in the irreligious left.
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