Unlike what the population has come to expect from members of the clergy, progressive Pope Francis speaks out for the environment in the just-released encyclical. It was sure to generate controversy and, expectedly, some political parties have already addressed the issue as most of the statement’s content surrounds the matter of climate change.
No longer is the clergy directly opposed to science and facts, addressing their opinions exclusively based on beliefs. It seems that we have entered a new age and the Catholic Church is ready bridge the gap. The text was understandably met with mixed opinion and vicious scolding while he joins the consensus that what is wrong with the planet is our own fault.
However, among the criticizing of capitalism that anyone with an interest toward the matter knows and expects from Pope Francis, few can deny that his conclusions on the environmental situation of our planet is as dire not as presented.
News of the dreaded consequences spread all around the world every day and it can be felt with just a bit of attention. Pope Francis calls for morality and ethics when it comes to plaguing our earth, air and water, to no longer sacrifice our future for the sake of present profits.
The encyclical comes at perhaps an inopportune time for some of the presidential candidates in the United States, five of which have already declared their disbelief that climate change even exists or that it’s man-made.
Comments on the matter of the Pope’s statement were declined for the most part, but many assume right that the questions cannot be dodged forever. One candidate has expressed his thoughts by implying the unnecessary and untrustworthy nature of a man of the clergy to make such bold statements on environmental matters.
Others conservatives have claimed that climate change is at its core a highly controversial political matter, not one of spirituality that should be religion’s concern.
However, that does not seem to be holding others back, wholeheartedly supporting Pope Francis’ call by reminding the naysayers that he is in complete harmonization with both environmental issues and the Bible itself, which has asked of us to grow and sow the lands, but care for its preservation as well.
The Pope’s statements include concerns for the poor and how they will be taking the brunt of the consequences, that it will require a worldwide agreement in order to stop the damage done to our own planet. Some will try to deny, but most seem to believe that the clergy’s 184-page document with high emphasis on environmental issues could be a step forward to closing the gap and perhaps spread awareness of climate change to those who would otherwise refute science as a reliable source.
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