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Cardinal Turkson: concern for human life and the earth are inseparable

Catholic World News - July 31, 2013

Addressing a recent Catholic environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro, Cardinal Peter Turkson said respect for human life and respect for the earth are inseparable.

“We cannot show concern for the earth and not show concern for human life,” emphasized the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, according to a Catholic News Agency report. “Neither can we show concern for human life and not show concern for the environment or the earth. The two go hand in hand.”

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Aug. 01, 2013 8:08 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Turkson is right in the general principle. But can't Catholics of good will disagree on the specific policies undertaken to protect the environment?

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Aug. 01, 2013 12:02 AM ET USA

    As long as environmentalists acknowledge that humans come first! Too many of them seem to think the best thing that could happen is for humans to become extinct, variously referring to us aa an infestation, plague, or weeds. This is the attitude that caused the ban of DDT, using false or exaggerated data, to save birds, resulting in the deaths of 10's of 1,000's of humans from mosquito-carried diseases. Now, some countries are re-introducing its use. Human lives matter more!

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