Pope Francis addressed climate change by saying God has charged humanity with caring for the created world and each other. Speaking in Rome, he said climate problems could be blamed of mankind.
On May 22, ThinkProgress reported the Pope has called on his followers to become “Custodians of Creation.” The church’s first Argentinean pope took his name from Saint Francis of Assisi, famous for his love of all animals.
“Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude,” Francis said. “Safeguard Creation. Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!”
The problem, of course, isn’t people foretting this. It’s people who don’t care or reject any suggestion that doesn’t fit in with their own ideological agenda and/or with those who they like politically advocate. It’s party ideology, party group-think, part denial, part pandering to gain like-minded voters or like-minded audience share.
Francis also said that humanity’s destruction of the planet is a sinful act, likening it to self-idolatry.
“But when we exploit Creation we destroy the sign of God’s love for us, in destroying Creation we are saying to God: ‘I don’t like it! This is not good!’ ‘So what do you like?’ ‘I like myself!’ — Here, this is sin! Do you see?”
The Vatican held a five-day summit earlier this month addressing sustainability initiatives; the summit welcomed experts from fields including microbiology and astronomy, along with legal scholars and economists, to advise the Catholic church on climate change issues.