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.@Pontifex twitter account atwitter about #climate

June 18th, 2015 · No Comments

The Papal encyclical on climate change is a truly worthwhile read says one who has barely scratched the surface. Amid all the other demands of life, this compelling of science, philosophy, morality, and religion requires greater attention than I can give it today. Part of the intrusion, twitter notices. Honestly, I doubt that I ever thought that the Papal twitter account would catch my attention. Today has changed that:

  1. Every creature is the object of the Father’s tenderness, who gives it its place in the world.

  2. “Creation” has a broader meaning than “nature”; it has to do with God’s loving plan.

  3. The alliance between economy and technology ends up sidelining anything unrelated to its immediate interests.

  4. Economic interests easily end up trumping the common good.

  5. There is no room for the globalization of indifference.

  6. Developed countries ought to help pay this debt by limiting their consumption of nonrenewable energy.

  7. A true “ecological debt” exists, particularly between the global north and south.

  8. To blame population growth, and not an extreme consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues.

  9. We have to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

  10. The deterioration of the environment and of society affect the most vulnerable people on the planet.

  11. The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together.

  12. One particularly serious problem is the quality of water available to the poor.

  13. These problems are closely linked to a throwaway culture.

  14. The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.

  15. Climate change represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.

  16. The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.

  17. “To commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God.” (Patriarch Bartholomew)

  18. The throwaway culture of today calls for a new lifestyle.

  19. There is a value proper to each creature.

  20. There is a need to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress.

  21. There is an intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet.

  22. We need a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

  23. I invite all to pause to think about the challenges we face regarding care for our common home.

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