Friday, September 02, 2016

Pope Francis Turns Green

Pope Francis wowed conservationists with his encyclical Laudato Si' last year. {20.06.15} They are absolutely ecstatic about his latest pronouncement on the "Care of Creation".  The leader of the world's 1.254 billion Catholics told us that our "sins against God's creation" require his forgiveness because we should have a "loving awareness that we are not disconnected from the rest of creatures, but joined in a splendid universal communion."  For deep insight such as this, the Holy Father was booed off the stage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.  To his credit, he does not argue against the howling insanity of the climate change deniers who are fundamentally motivated by the sin of human greed.  He has embraced environmentalism from its deepest point of access, Christian respect and stewardship for Creation.  Francis is definitely green!

The Pope offers hope in his message by telling us each to offer ways to ending the abuse of our only home in the universe. He suggests small acts of mercy such as turning off lights and equipment, using less plastic, recycling, and eating organic foods that have tremendous impact in the aggregate.  He writes, "We must not think that these efforts are too small to improve our world".  Once again Pope Francis hits the spiritual nail on the head; no wonder ordinary Roman Catholics such as US Person are so proud of their spiritual leader.  If only our political leaders measured up to the moral standards he sets.