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Getting the Green Pope Right

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Apr 23, 2012

As I pointed out in September of 2010, Pope Benedict’s frequent emphasis on environmental themes is loaded with Christian insight into what we might call human ecology (see Principles of Catholic Environmentalism). Phil Lawler had already made this point nine months earlier, also explaining why the press so often gets it wrong (see The Pope's 'green' message: not standard environmentalism).

It is, in fact, all about the natural law. If nature in general presents us with an interior dynamism that must be cared for rather than violated, than how much more does human nature do the same?

Now, in a recent column on Catholic Exchange, CatholicCulture.org friend and supporter William Patenaude revisits these themes with admirable precision—and plenty of citations—in honor of Earth Day, which rolled by us yesterday. He also suggests that the Holy Father“s approach provides a paradigm for handling many other contemporary issues.

So lest we be buried by Earth Day fallout, it is wise to pay attention to Pope Benedict’s full message. See Bill's fine article: Is the Catholic Church Green?

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Apr. 24, 2012 9:55 AM ET USA

    This apparent effort to affirm every cause that even has the faintest shred of legitamacy is dangerous. Anyone who has the vaguest conception of "spiritual warfare" knows that the Devil "does charity work..." and can imitate God in "providing" human services. I cannot in good faith as a Catholic give even the least support or approval to a "movement" that seems to be energized by the enemy.

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