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Pope Francis: “Man has slapped nature in the face”

Pope Francis: “Man has slapped nature in the face”

En route to the Philippines, Pope Francis, promoting his upcoming encyclical on the environment, said that he believes global warming is largely man-made and hopes that the upcoming climate change meeting in Paris will be productive:

I don’t know if it (human activity) is the only cause, but mostly, in great part, it is man who has slapped nature in the face,” he said. “We have in a sense taken over nature.”

“I think we have exploited nature too much,” Francis said, citing deforestation and monoculture. “Thanks be to God that today there are voices, so many people who are speaking out about it.”

As Pope Francis promotes the publication of his encyclical the Global Catholic Climate Movement, a network of Catholic groups determined to fight the climate crisis, is off the ground across the world. In America Magazine, Nathan Schneider reports on global momentum for climate justice across the Roman Catholic Church and what it might take for followers of Jesus to resist corporations deeply integral in the fossil fuel economy.

Meanwhile, as people in the Philippines await a visit by Pope Francis, climate justice organizers are urging Pope Francis and the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels and move investments into the renewable energy economy. Working with, Yeb Sano, Philippine Climate Change Commissioner, writes:

“The climate change crisis is a reflection of a profound global moral crisis, and as such Church organizations play an important role in untangling us from this mess. One way this can be done is for the Church to examine not just the purity of its vestments but where it puts its investments.”

In the Episcopal Church, billions of dollars are invested by individual parishes, dioceses, and institutions like the Church Pension Fund and the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society to fund mission. These investments, like the Vatican and other institutions within Christendom such as the Church of England, are integral with our fossil fuel economy.

Will the Episcopal Church, following a 2011 Pastoral Teaching from the House of Bishops in Quito, Ecuador, come to the conclusion that one way to “work toward climate justice through reducing our own carbon footprint and advocating for those most negatively affected by climate change” is to more fully bring our sacramental tradition into our practices in finance and investment committee meetings?

What might it mean to pray, think theologically, and act as Episcopalians on the love we have for our sisters and brothers across the Anglican Communion by connecting investment returns with social impact and solidarity in Christ? With billions in investments across the world, some of which are tied up in fossil fuels, Episcopalians have the means. But will Episcopalians, whose fifth Mark of Mission is to “safeguard the integrity of creation” join others by divesting of fossil fuels and reinvesting in renewables? Do Episcopalians have the will inside of boardrooms and in church committees to stand up for the integrity of creation, and join people in places like the Philippines, by moving our treasure more closely with where our heart is in Jesus?














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Emily Cragg

“Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.”

What is God’0, with which to endow his peoples?
The Planet is God’s, and Adam’s Covenant had to do with Stewardship of the Garden, of the Environment.

What does the Church have to do with Stewarding our Planet?

What is God’s?
Deliverance from danger, and Noah’s Covenant had to do with preparing the way of Survival in dangerous times.

What does the Church have to do with preparing the way of Survival in dangerous times?

What is God’s?
. . . the practice of writing down God’s Word, to be kept into the future.

What does the Church have to do with writing down sacred knowledge so that Wisdom and Information are kept into the future?

What is God’s
. . . the writing of Just and Fair Law, and Law’s evolution among God’s BLOODLINE of leadership.
. . . the keep of the BLOODLINE of God’s peoples sacrosanct, as leadership, with gifted talents and abilities.

What is the Church doing to protect its bloodlines and develop and write Just and Fair Law?

What is God’s?
Relationship between Himself and individuals among Mankind who hear His Word clearly, as the Holy Ghost.

What is the Church doing to allow God’s Prophecy to teach the Church and progress its pilgrims? Where is prophecy in the Church?

I’m just noticing what I’m not seeing.


Emily Cragg

Corporate statutes under Maritime Law free corporations from any accountability for effects of their product marketing.

Such immunity from outcomes of behavior is irresponsibe exploitation of the Law for profits and prophets.

It cannot be allowed if a civil society is to persist and endure.

Emily Windsor

JC Fisher

“Man has slapped nature in the face”

As opposed to Pope Francis slapping you in the face, if you say anything about su mama’ (or his religion: hey Frankie, there’s ZERO evidence that anything weird happened w/ the sun, as alleged in Portugal—see re “Fatima”—in 1917! You gonna hit me now?)

The more I see of Francis, the more I see he’s impressive ONLY in the sense of “relative to his two immediate predecessors”. :-/

Rod Gillis

The support for Environmental Theology from the Pope is a shot in the arm for environmental theology which ought to bridge nicely with Catholic Social teaching. I’ve attached a link to a public radio program on this issue, featuring an interview with three religious thinkers including evangelical Jim Wallis of Soujourners, Catholic theologian Heather Eaton and Muslim scientist Asma Mahdi of Green Muslims in Wahsington.

Re the pope’s funny about his mama, while I disagree with the point the pope was making about offense to religion, I’m not offended by his spontaneous action joke. He is a gregarious guy. Spontaneous. Modern politics and the “gotcha” moments of the news media have ruined that for us.

Nick Porter

Where is the Christian charity in this post?

JC Fisher

I’m human. You?

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