On Earth Day, Pope Rebukes Humanity — Calls for “Ecological Conversion”
Written by Luis Miguel
Pope Francis had strong words for humanity on Earth Day, rebuking mankind for its collective failure to take care of the planet during a Wednesday video stream.
“Because of our selfishness we have failed in our responsibility to be guardians and stewards of the earth,” the pontiff said in his address. “We need only take a frank look at the facts to see that our common home is falling into serious disrepair.”
Pope Francis, who has made environmentalism one of the hallmark issues of his papacy and heaped praise on teenage climate-change activist Greta Thunberg, accused humans of having “polluted and despoiled” the Earth.
“For this reason, various international and local movements have sprung up in order to appeal to our consciences,” he added, perhaps an allusion to groups such as Thunberg’s Fridays for Future, as well as the United Nations (the pope spoke at the UN Assembly in 2015 shortly before member states unanimously adopted Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, which he called “a great step forward for global dialogue, marking a vitally new and universal solidarity”).
“I deeply appreciate these initiatives; still it will be necessary for our children to take to the streets to teach us the obvious: we have no future if we destroy the very environment that sustains us,” the pontiff continued.
“We have failed to care for the earth, our garden-home; we have failed to care for our brothers and sisters. We have sinned against the earth, against our neighbors, and ultimately against the Creator, the benevolent Father who provides for everyone, and desires us to live in communion and flourish together.”
As if treating the Earth as a sentient entity in parity with God himself weren’t enough, Pope Francis went on to call on his listeners to undergo an “ecological conversion.” “We cannot heal the earth unless we love and respect it,” he declared.
The pope also touted two upcoming environmental conferences: COP15 on Biodiversity in Kunming, China, and COP26 on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland — both products of the UN.
Though these conferences ostensibly deal with climate change, they — like the climate agenda in general (as evidenced by the Green New Deal’s focus on sweeping economic, social, and racial reform) — use the environment as a springboard to promote a variety of socialist and globalist causes.
At COP25 on climate change, for instance, the convening parties deliberated matters such as “human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities, and people in vulnerable situations, and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women.”
The pope concluded: “In this Easter season of renewal, let us pledge to love and esteem the beautiful gift of the earth, our common home, and to care for all members of our human family.”
Pope Francis has become known for mixing the spiritual with the political, frequently using the pulpit to advance left-wing causes, particularly climate change and migration.
Last Christmas, he compared President Trump to the wicked King Herod from the Bible. He previously asserted that “a person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
And in December, the pope erected a migrant crucifix in the Vatican, replacing the body of Christ on the cross with a migrant life vest.
Pope Francis is also a critic of capitalism, writing of the free market in an apostolic exhortation:
Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.
The pontiff wasn’t the only public figure to preach environmentalism on Earth Day 2020. Former President Barack Obama crept out of his hiding place Wednesday to proclaim that climate change will be “far harsher” on humanity than the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ve all had to adapt to cope with a pandemic. Climate change will force far harsher changes on our kids. All of us should follow the young people who’ve led the efforts to protect our planet for generations, and demand more of our leaders at every level. https://www.wbez.org/stories/50-years-after-the-first-earth-day-young-activists-are-not-slowed-by-a-pandemic/f0af0efd-4033-4efa-9c1e-9601f90c82d7 …
It’s not surprising that Guterres should be vocal on Earth Day. After all, the “holiday” is a United Nations creation first proposed by UNESCO in 1969.
What is tragic is that millions of faithful Christians eager to hear the Gospel are instead being given Social Gospel and indoctrinated with the new religion of climate alarmism, instead of Catholicism, which has until lately been resolute in its opposition to socialism as evil, or even Christianity in general, which calls for people not to covet thy neighbors’ goods or steal, even you believe it’s for a good cause.
Courtesy of The New American