Pope links atheism, environmental destruction, urges world leaders to act

August 27, 2009

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Benedict, linking atheism and secularism with environmental destruction, summarized his new encyclical’s teaching on man’s duties towards the environment:

Is it not true that inconsiderate use of creation begins where God is marginalized or also where his existence is denied? If the human creature's relationship with the Creator weakens, matter is reduced to egoistic possession, man becomes the "final authority," and the objective of existence is reduced to a feverish race to possess the most possible.

Creation, matter structured in an intelligent manner by God, is entrusted to man's responsibility, who is able to interpret and refashion it actively, without regarding himself as the absolute owner. Man is called to exercise responsible government to protect it, to obtain benefits and cultivate it, finding the necessary resources for a dignified existence for all. With the help of nature itself and with the commitment of its own work and creativity, humanity is able to assume the grave duty to hand over to the new generations an earth which, in turn, the latter will be able to inhabit worthily and cultivate further.

The Pontiff urged world leaders “to give the appropriate indications to their own citizens to address in an effective manner the ways of utilizing the environment that turn out to be harmful. The economic and social costs stemming from the use of shared environmental resources, recognized in a transparent way, must be assumed by those who use them, and not by other populations or by future generations.”

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Comment by Morgan Matthew on August 27, 2009 at 3:47pm
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Comment by Reggie on August 27, 2009 at 5:07pm
Awwwww, how cute. The pope made some strawmen atheists.
Comment by Matt on August 27, 2009 at 5:08pm
There are a lot of disturbing things that have been posted on this website, most of the scary stuff being from fringe groups of religions or just a single outrageous individual. It's terrifying to me to see such a public figure as the pope make a statement like this. Most of the time I would just dismiss this as just some stupid uneducated statement, but clearly this was a targeted statement. This man obviously knew what he was saying with this statement and is making a clear message with it. I can honestly say this is the first time I am truly scared of the religious mind.
Comment by Reggie on August 27, 2009 at 5:09pm
@ Natalie - deep breaths! It'll be fine...don't over react! That is what they want you to do!
Comment by Gaytor on August 27, 2009 at 7:13pm
Is it not true that inconsiderate use of creation begins where God is marginalized or also where his existence is denied? If the human creature's relationship with the Creator weakens, matter is reduced to egoistic possession, man becomes the "final authority," and the objective of existence is reduced to a feverish race to possess the most possible.

I couldn't agree more. I do not have any respect for creation. I have a great deal of respect for nature and only regret that i don't have more money to take advantage of wind mills, solar, and geo thermal heat. in due time.
Fact is, the science division within your church doesn't buy the 6 day creation. So what creation is it that you speak of Pontif?
Comment by Human Evolution on August 27, 2009 at 11:09pm
lol @ the title

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