In a leaked draft of the forthcoming encyclical on the environment the pope says:
Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family.
The document gives climate change an almost ontological import:
The relationship between individuals or communities and the environment ultimately stems from their relationship with God. When man turns his back on the Creator’s plan, he provokes a disorder which has inevitable repercussions on the rest of the created order.
We are all responsible for the protection and care of the environment. This responsibility knows no boundaries. In accordance with the principle of subsidiarity it is important for everyone to be committed at his or her proper level, working to overcome the prevalence of particular interests.
This is truly epochal, everything will change, or it will be a worse disaster than Humanae Vitae:
The order of creation demands that a priority be given to those human activities that do not cause irreversible damage to nature, but which instead are woven into the social, cultural, and religious fabric of the different communities. In this way, a sober balance is achieved between consumption and the sustainability of resources.
The Pope pulls no punches on his Hail Mary for the environment by concluding with his favorite saint and Holy Writ:
Brother Francis, faithful to Sacred Scripture, invites us to recognize in nature a wonderful book that speaks to us of God, its beauty and goodness.
It looks like the pope is outgreening the Patriarch of Constantinople. Breitbart reports Neo-Conservative Catholics are preparing for schism, while the ultra-liberal editors of the National Catholic Reporter are predicting 2015 could be the year we change the face of the earth.
Just in case you didn’t read Benedict carefully enough, both of the pictures in this posts are of a book featuring his statements on the environment. Do you know why? Because none of these words came from Francis. All of them were written by Benedict.