The world "is exposed to a series of risks created by choices and lifestyles that can degrade it," the leader of the Roman Catholic Church said in his Sunday sermon given at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome.
"Damage to the environment makes the life of the poor on Earth particularly unbearable," the pope said, calling on all Christians to take care of the earth and not deplete its resources, sharing them in solidarity.
I've never been mistaken for an environmentalist, as I am reluctant to accept the teachings of those who believe 1) that what happens to a couple of caribou is more important than human beings and 2) that humans are so wonderful--or awful--that we have the power to destroy the planet. Both premises are false.
Yet the Pope provides an intriguing environmentalist stance herein. The earth exists for human beings, but we are to use it for the benefit of humanity. We cannot simply rape and pillage the earth, but not because the earth is out mother--it is not, though it is the creation of our Father. Instead we are remiss in abusing the earth only when we do so at the expense of our fellow man.
An interesting indictment. One that I cannot yet formulate a response to. That Pope sure makes a fellow think.