The Pope’s encyclical “Laudato Si” is winning fulsome praise from the left for its embrace of environmentalism. But, as the editors of The Stream point out, those folks aren’t saying anything about 11 other teachings in that document that don’t accord so well with the spirit of the times. These include the condemnation of abortion, a rejection of sexual immorality, and a tempering of feminism. (See the 11 after the jump.)
The Pope is indeed advocating environmentalism, but he is doing so in the context of a larger theological perspective on matter, the physical universe, and objective reality. Let me sum it up this way: Embrace nature, but that means also embracing the natural purpose of sex (conceiving children), the natural body (so no transgenderism), the natural difference between men and women (so feminism will have its limits), and natural law in general (the connection of moral truth to objective reality).
We can still quarrel with the Pope’s environmentalism and his theology, but he is working from a worldview that flies in the face of most postmodernists who, in believing that there is no objective reality they are subject to, reject the very concept of nature. That number includes, ironically, many environmentalists. [Read more...]