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Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga rips US critics of Pope's forthcoming encyclical

May 12, 2015

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga blasted American critics of the environmental views of Pope Francis during a May 12 press conference in Rome.

Cardinal Rodriguez, the president of Caritas International, said that it is “absurd” to criticize a papal encyclical on the environment, since the document has not yet been released. He charged that “movements in the United States” have are rallying the pre-emptive opposition.

“The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too tied to a capitalism that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want to give up their profits,” said the Honduran cardinal.

 


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  • Posted by: Cincinnatus - May. 18, 2015 6:36 PM ET USA

    I'll bet that one thing the Encyclical talks about is "Human Ecology" and not just "Nature Ecology." And I'm sure the Cardinal will use that notion as a basis for,first,explaining how his Country,Honduras,has gone from 90+% Catholic to less than 50% during his time as the Country's leading bishop, then, for asking pardon for this failing (remember Jesus never tires of pardoning); then, for giving up his "airport bishop" lifestyle (which Francis has said he doesn't like) to go shepherd his flock

  • Posted by: filioque - May. 12, 2015 11:17 PM ET USA

    The system that really ruins the environment is Communism. Capitalist democratic systems have shown themselves to be self-correcting. Critiques of the encyclical have been based on what we have already been told: the Pope wants to encourage the meeting in Paris in December to adopt strict CO2 limits. But why are we obliged to do that unless we are causing harm? No one has presented evidence that human-produced CO2 has any significant effect on global temperature. They just keep saying it.

  • Posted by: Jason C. - May. 12, 2015 5:17 PM ET USA

    Maradiaga: “The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too tied to a capitalism that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want to give up their profits." But the document hasn't been released yet! How do we know this is true?