#1 Pope Francis: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’ by algernonpj 02.09.2016 16:05

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Pope Francis: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’
by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.1 Sep 20163,044
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In his message for the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” Thursday, Pope Francis said that human-induced global warming, as well as a loss of biodiversity are “sins” against God, which must be atoned for by planting trees, avoiding the use of plastic and paper and “separating refuse.”

“Global warming continues, due in part to human activity,” Francis said, adding that “2015 was the warmest year on record, and 2016 will likely be warmer still.”

“This is leading to ever more severe droughts, floods, fires and extreme weather events. Climate change is also contributing to the heart-rending refugee crisis. The world’s poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact,” he wrote.

Repeatedly citing the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who has “courageously and prophetically continued to point out our sins against creation,” Francis made his own a new list of such environmental sins, which include pollution, global warming and deforestation.

For human beings to “destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation,” to “degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes in its climate,” to “contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life–these are sins,” he wrote.

Summing up, the Pope stated that “to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God.”

Lamenting “the devastation of the environment,” Francis said that “God gave us a bountiful garden, but we have turned it into a polluted wasteland of debris, desolation and filth.”

Specifically regarding a loss of biodiversity, the Pope suggested that now there are fewer species to give glory to God.

“We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behavior,” Francis said. “Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right.”

The Pope said that the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation was instituted in order to give believers an opportunity to “reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation.” It also furnishes an occasion to thank God for the gift of creation, to implore his help for its protection and to beg “his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

During this Jubilee Year, “let us learn to implore God’s mercy for those sins against creation that we have not hitherto acknowledged and confessed,” Francis said, while proposing that Christians need to undergo an “ecological conversion.”

Now is the time to “acknowledge our sins against creation,” the Pope said. “Inasmuch as we all generate small ecological damage,” we are called to acknowledge “our contribution, smaller or greater, to the disfigurement and destruction of creation.”

“Let us repent of the harm we are doing to our common home,” he added.

If our ecological conversion is real, Francis said, it will lead to concrete ways of thinking and acting that are more respectful of creation.

Among these are “avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices.”

In his message, the Pope also applauded “a growing global political consensus” regarding the environment, praising the adoption of “Sustainable Development Goals” as well as last December’s Paris Agreement on climate change, “which set the demanding yet fundamental goal of halting the rise of the global temperature.”

Apparently the pontiff’s prayers have already been heard, since scientists are now forecasting that 2017 will be a cooler year than 2016.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-securi...ng-car-pooling/

#2 RE: Pope Francis: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’ by algernonpj 02.09.2016 16:11

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Pope Francis urges Christians to back Agenda 2030
September 01, 2016

Pope Francis has published a papal document urging Christians to adopt climate change and environmental propaganda as a core part of their faith.

  • Pope: "God gave us a bountiful garden, but we have turned it into a polluted wasteland of debris, desolation and filth."

  • Document released to coincide with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

  • Pope document mirrors Paris Accord on Agenda 2030 reform and false World Meteorological Organization (WMO) data.

  • Pope on Paris Accord: "It is up to citizens to insist that this happen, and indeed to advocate for even more ambitious goals."

  • Bishop Brian Farrell, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity: "It is obviously a rare thing to add to the acts of mercy, but things change. This shows the movement of the church through time."

  • "We need new calls for responsibility."


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    - See more at: http://www.trunews.com/article/pope-fran...h.u03jyPty.dpuf

    #3 RE: Pope Francis: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’ by algernonpj 02.09.2016 16:14

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    The text of the document is here:

    http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/09/...reation/1255035

    It's full of such terms as sustainability, concensus .....

    #4 RE: Pope Francis: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’ by algernonpj 02.09.2016 16:17

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    Pius XII would have excommunicated him:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_XII";


    Decree against Communism


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decree_against_Communism

    #5 RE: Pope Francis: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’ by Rufus T Firefly 02.09.2016 16:32

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    I'm not Catholic, but I really want to atone for my sins of driving an SUV.

    Can i pray to St. Al for some carbon offsets?


    #6 RE: Pope Francis: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’ by algernonpj 02.09.2016 16:56

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    Quote: Rufus T Firefly wrote in post #5
    I'm not Catholic, but I really want to atone for my sins of driving an SUV.

    Can i pray to St. Al for some carbon offsets?




    Great picture.

    I don't know about praying but if the prayers were accompanied by a generous donation to the Church of Gaia I'm certain St Al could work something out.

    #7 RE: Pope Francis: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’ by truthkeeper 02.09.2016 19:43

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    I am Catholic and I consider him a total embarrassment, and I am far from alone.

    We're riding him out.

    #8 RE: Pope Francis: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’ by PzLdr 02.09.2016 22:50

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    Pope Franny is proof that the Church should NEVER elect a Jesuit as a Pope.

    #9 RE: Pope Francis: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’ by Cincinnatus 03.09.2016 01:25

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    Quote: PzLdr wrote in post #8
    Pope Franny is proof that the Church should NEVER elect a Jesuit as a Pope.


    Amen, brother. There is something seriously wrong with that order and the Church needs a leader like Pius XII to straighten it out. However, never forget, Francis was elected to his position by the College of Cardinals which is made up of more than Jesuits. Just what were they thinking?

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