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Honduran cardinal raps effects of consumerism on environment

Catholic World News - May 05, 2014

Man in the 21st century is “a technical giant and an ethical child,” Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said in an address to a symposium on the environment hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

In his address to the meeting, the Honduran cardinal said that an economic system based on consumerism has caused “serious environmental imbalances in the most comprehensive sense of the term: an over-consumption of non-renewable raw materials, noise, visual and air pollution, and the extinction of animal and vegetable species.” The same system, he continued, is also responsible for economic inequalities, and has given rise to “the sad witness of energy crises and speculation, of health disorders caused by the overabundance of food in some places and by famine elsewhere, and of old diseases in a new form as a result of antibiotic-resistant microbia.”

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  • Posted by: Thomas429 - May. 13, 2014 10:48 PM ET USA

    Padre, please stick to the Bible. Or, would you prefer that we go back say 2000 years when few people, except the very wealthy lived past 30.

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