Well the liberal idiots in Rome are at it again:
Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of “new” sins such as causing environmental blight.
The guidance came at the weekend when Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, the Vatican’s number two man in the sometimes murky area of sins and penance, spoke of modern evils.
Asked what he believed were today’s “new sins,” he told the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano that the greatest danger zone for the modern soul was the largely uncharted world of bioethics.
“(Within bioethics) there are areas where we absolutely must denounce some violations of the fundamental rights of human nature through experiments and genetic manipulation whose outcome is difficult to predict and control,” he said.
The Vatican opposes stem cell research that involves destruction of embryos and has warned against the prospect of human cloning.
Girotti, in an interview headlined “New Forms of Social Sin,” also listed “ecological” offences as modern evils.
Feh! “Ecological sin”. What tree-hugging nonsense! We can all safely write off this nonsense in the words of Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who said, “Environmental policy is nothing [sic] to do with faith and morals. Those issues are for politicians and for people to vote for the party they agree with.”
Right on! That idiot liberal Francis thinks there are “sins against nature”! Can you believe that? Benedict XVI would never… :::checks date on article::: oh…
In recent months, Pope Benedict has made several strong appeals for the protection of the environment, saying issues such as climate change had become gravely important for the entire human race.
Well, it’s just a newspaper paragraph. Benedict would never formally teach…
At the beginning of this New Year, I wish to offer heartfelt greetings of peace to all Christian communities, international leaders, and people of good will throughout the world. For this XLIII World Day of Peace I have chosen the theme: If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation. Respect for creation is of immense consequence, not least because “creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works”, and its preservation has now become essential for the pacific coexistence of mankind. Man’s inhumanity to man has given rise to numerous threats to peace and to authentic and integral human development – wars, international and regional conflicts, acts of terrorism, and violations of human rights. Yet no less troubling are the threats arising from the neglect – if not downright misuse – of the earth and the natural goods that God has given us. For this reason, it is imperative that mankind renew and strengthen “that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying”.
The “covenant” he speaks of is, of course, our obligation to “tend the garden” made with Adam and Eve and never revoked. We are stewards of “our common home” and it is therefore absolutely a matter of faith and morals–and therefore one the Holy Father is competent and bound to speak to.
And he has done so in Laudato Si, a beautiful, profound, and intensely Catholic document.By the way, it is particularly astounding to me that a subculture of the Church that has spent its entire life talking about “sins against nature” when it comes to Pelvic Issues should suddenly pretend they have never heard of the idea of sins against nature when it comes to our relationship with the rest of the created order. Have they never read Tolkien?
In Catholic thought, nature is not really our Mother (though it get called that by poets like Francis of Assisi sometimes). Nature is something more like our sister and even, in a certain sense, our younger sister. We are both creatures of God and humans, though we are of the dust of the earth, have been made “a little lower than the angels” and give dominion over creation. That is supposed to make us responsible. But because of sin it often makes us rapists. To insult and mistreat creation is to insult her Maker. More than that, it is to harm other human beings in the image of God who depend on nature for food, shelter, clothing, etc.
Reactionaries always portray Francis’ respect for nature as “paganism” and “idolatry”. That is a flat lie. It is sacramentality.
With the lie of “pagan idolatry” goes the gnostic falsehood that nature is simply a vast neutral pile of raw materials to rape and harvest without thought. And the core gnostic lie which enables such people to do so without the slightest reference to the Church’s teaching is, “Environmental policy is nothing [sic] to do with faith and morals. Those issues are for politicians and for people to vote for the party they agree with.”
It used to be the habit of the Left to perpetually find some “authority” to tell you that you could ignore the Church (typically on pelvic issues). There was a little rolodox where the media went to find Fr. Richard McBrien, Charles Curran, the head of Catholics for a Free Choice, or Sr. Joan Chittister to downplay abortion, talk up artificial contraception, poohpooh the priesthood and so on.
The Right Wing Lie Machine studied these tactics carefully and have now far surpassed the Left in their near total war on the Holy Father and the Magisterium of virtually the entirety of the Church’s moral teaching whenever it threatens the needs of the Cult of Trump (that includes Pelvic Issues when the Prez beds porn stars or commits sexual assault).
And so, one of the habits of the Right Wing Lie Machine is to constantly anoint Alternapopes to tell Francis-haters what their itching ears want to hear about the lawless use of money, pleasure, power and honor.
- Want to reject the Church’s teaching on the death penalty? Ed Feser will tell you it’s okay.
- Want to rationalize nuclear mass murder? Fr. Wilson Miscamble will tell you can ignore the Church.
- Want to practice sadism to brown children at the border? Kellyanne Conway has your back.
- Want to spit in the faces of Amazonian Catholics and lie that they are “pagan idolators”? Lifesite, 1Peter5, and Michael Voris will help you.
- Want to launch an unjust war? Michael Novak and the editors of First Things will tell you it’s fine.
- Want to torture people? Raymond Arroyo will invite Marc Theissen on to explain why you can ignore the Church and do it.
- Want to hear that demons are guides to what Real Catholics think? Taylor Marshall is your man.
Cardinal Müller is now the latest in a long line of Folk Heroes anointed by the Most Wrong about Everything sect of Francis-Haters to tell you that an issue which is massively tied to the Church’s teaching on faith and moral is purely secular.
He is dead wrong and the Holy Father is right. Read Laudato Si and forego listening to brain- dead sneers. How we treat our common home is how we treat our neighbor who lives there. It’s not even hard to understand.