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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Man for All Seasons: Pope Francis and the Environment

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From's 'Religion and Ethics': "That the first encyclical of Pope Francis will be dedicated to environmental issues represents a remarkable convergence with the renowned green Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I.

"Catholic conservatives who might be inclined to resist this message have failed to spot the obvious: that creation care is a fundamental aspect of what it means to be a Christian - even in a traditional, orthodox sense...

"Liberation theologian Leonardo Boff was so taken, indeed, with the relevance of  material interrelationships of ecology that they displaced to a large extent an earlier primacy given to human social thought. And Pope Francis has, on all accounts, asked to read all of Boff's writings in the lead up to this encyclical."

REMNANT COMMENT:That's about all we can stomach this morning, but if you care to read the rest here it is.  Beyond that and to quote a friend's reaction to this: "So, Pope Francis prepared for his encyclical by reading everything Boff wrote. Thus we will enter a new phase of this disaster: a Pope teaching pantheism from the Chair of Peter."

God help us all!

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