Pope says global warming is a ‘sin against creation’

Pope Francis wants Catholics to know environmental damage and global warming are “sins against creation.”

Francis’s announcement, entitled “Show Mercy to our Common Home”  appealed for “people of faith and goodwill” to come together in “showing mercy to the earth as our common home and cherishing the world in which we live as a place for sharing and communion.”

Francis defined a sin against creation as humans degrading the integrity of Daily Caller  New Foundationthe earth by causing changes in the climate or contaminating earth’s waters, land, air and life.

“To commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God,” the pope said Thursday. “Let us repent of the harm we are doing to our common home.”

 Francis’s message directly told the world’s Catholics that they should start “avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices.”

Francis even blamed global warming for the Syrian Civil War, the rise of Islamic State, and the resulting refugee crisis, saying that “climate change is also contributing to the heart-rending refugee crisis.” The left-leaning fact checking website Politifact ruled a similar attempt by former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders “mostly false” in November.

Francis has been heavily praised by environmentalists last year for writing the encyclical Laudato S, which lays out the supposed moral predicaments associated with environmental degradation. The pontiff heavily praised President Barack Obama last September for “reducing air pollution” and taking the fight against global warming seriously. Francis met with the actor Leonardo DiCaprio in January to discuss the threat global warming poses to the planet.

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  • Frederick Colbourne

    When I was a Catholic I had difficulty with believing in miracles. Especially those by saints, such as Mother Theresa.

    The Pope has declared that the modern global warming is a sin against Creation.

    The natural warming of the past such as during the Medieval Warm Period was at least as warm as now. The Roman, Minoan and Hypsithermal warm periods were warmer still to a degree related to their antiquity.

    Who then does the Pope believe sinned? Satan? Surely not the Creator Himself!

    How can such an intelligent man as the Pope not see the absurdity of what he is claiming about the modern warm period?

    The Pope has failed to learn from error of his predecessor, Pope Urban VIII,

    • Immortal600

      The pope is a Communist at heart, just like most AGW clowns. They indulge in group-think unable to see the forest for all the trees.

    • Paul E. S.

      Do you know who many were convicted of being witches or warlocks by Catholic church? NONE!!!! It could not be proven!

      The burning of witches at the stake was a protestant thing not a Catholic one!
      Learn your history.

      • Brin Jenkins

        Paul you are correct, it was a throwaway line possibly best not written. The rest is correct and let’s not chuck the baby out with the bath water. I don’t think any so called proof would stand today. They were going to top a few over the flat or global Earth though.

      • Frederick Colbourne

        Technically, this is correct. The catholic Church turned its victims over to the state for execution.

        I don’t know where you went to school, but I studied in Catholic institution for 14 years and graduated from a Catholic college attached to a seminary. None of this was hidden from us. And none of this is the reason many of my generation are no longer Catholics.

        So I regard your point as irrelevant. What matters is that religion of whatever kind is myth.

  • Brin Jenkins

    It was a mystery why the previous Pope resigned, unheard of as they usually die in harness. Possibly he was required to act against his beliefs, and just chose to leave early without compromise?

  • Brin Jenkins

    Its also required of us that we do not deceive, or allow others to deceive us.

    That is a mortal sin in my eyes, and if you allow others to tell you an improbable truth its necessary to enquire deeply, not just take the word of charlatans.

    As a major Christian leader the responsibility for leading the flock astray is laid out in the New Testament :-

    Matthew 18:6English Standard Version (ESV)

    6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin,[a] it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

    Footnotes:

    Matthew 18:6 Greek causes… to stumble; also verses 8, 9

    I trust the Holy Father is both
    mindful and enquiring.

  • jerrypa

    I am a Catholic and believe in the papacy, but I also believe that Pope Francis is either a very corrupt pope trying to please the secular world or he is absolutely clueless. In either case he is most unfit to be a pope.
    For starters the moral issues that hold primacy in the Catholic Church are: abortion, contraception, homosexuality, divorce, marriage while issues like the environment, the economy, or immigration would be of lesser importance. But the primacy issues that the pope is supposed to be addressing are usually either ignored or misrepresented. The pope has praised Italian abortionist, Emma Bonino and has awarded abortion and homosexual activists George Clooney and Richard Gere an Olive Medal for Peace. And, of course, who can forget his famous battle cry, “Who am I to judge?”
    I believe that Pope Francis’s preaching on the environment and global warming are sins against creation for his preaching’s are based on radical environmental ideology and not the truth. This pope has proven that he knows very little about Catholic doctrine and absolutely nothing about the environment and global warming.

  • GRAMPA

    The pope is considered inflatable in all matters with church doctrine. With all others he is as human and his opinion ranks with no more weight than mine. As a human he is fallible and subject to all the quirks of humanity including haven read and believing data carefully filtered for his consumption.
    Grampa

  • cattlewrangler .

    We are all sinners the catholic church say it’s followers should go to confession once a month to confess their sins and when you are forgiven one sin you should never do it again. That’s a whole lot of sinning over a lifetime. I once heard a priest in a sermon say that he was fed up with the same people coming in with the same sins, was he saying that they should go and commit new sins?