The Pope’s ‘green’ message: not standard environmentalism
Reader Anthony provides a link to a story by Phil Lawler at CatholicCulture.org that, he says, provides “some much needed perspective on the recent Papal statements on the environment”.
Lawler writes: “You might have concluded, from the press coverage, that the Holy Father’s speech was devoted mostly to the Copenhagen conference. But that conclusion would have been wrong. In his full 3,000-word address, Pope Benedict spent barely 100 words on the climate-change summit. It was a part of his message, but only a small part. However, it was the part that the secular media wanted to hear.
“Benedict XVI, the mass media tell us, is a ‘green Pope’. That description is undeniably accurate, in the sense that this Pontiff has frequently spoken about the need to care for the environment ”¦ But the ‘green’ message preached by Pope Benedict is very different from mainstream environmentalism. Unfortunately most secular reporters, deaf to the spiritual content of the Pope’s message, miss the distinction.” Read the story.