Latest Threads
newest posts

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Ask an Apologist

Welcome to Catholic Answers Forums, the largest Catholic Community on the Web.

Here you can join over 400,000 members from around the world discussing all things Catholic. Membership is open to all, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who seek the Truth with Charity.

To gain full access, you must register for a FREE account. Registered members are able to:
  • Submit questions about the faith to experts from Catholic Answers
  • Participate in all forum discussions
  • Communicate privately with Catholics from around the world
  • Plus join a prayer group, read with the Book Club, and much more.
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. So join our community today!

Have a question about registration or your account log-in? Just contact our Support Hotline.

Thread Tools Search Thread Display
Old Mar 11, '10, 3:53 pm
Tabby's Avatar
Tabby Tabby is offline
Regular Member
Join Date: June 25, 2007
Posts: 808
Religion: Catholic
Default Should the Pope speak about the environment?

In a recent issue of an orthodox Catholic magazine a letter writer complained that Pope Benedict XVI should not speak about the environment, saying that the Pope should limit himself to spiritual pronouncements and not address "political" problems. What is your opinion?
Old Mar 11, '10, 4:04 pm
Michelle Arnold's Avatar
Michelle Arnold Michelle Arnold is offline
Catholic Answers Apologist
Join Date: May 3, 2004
Posts: 5,123
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Should the Pope speak about the environment?

Without more identifying information about the letter you read, I cannot say whether or not I have read it, so I can limit myself only to general remarks. If this writer is a reader of an orthodox Catholic magazine though, I suspect that this person is at best being inconsistent. There likely are any number of political issues on which he or she welcomes the Pope's input, such as abortion and same-sex marriage, for example. The problem very possibly is that the Pope has taken a position on environmental issues with which this person disagrees, and so this person is trying to silence the Pope by saying he should not speak out on matters of politics. It is the same tactic pro-abortion and pro-homosexual activists use to try to silence the Pope when he speaks out against abortion and homosexuality.

In any event, the environment may be a current political football, but concern for the environment is not merely a matter of politics. Right stewardship of God's creation is both a religious concern and a moral issue. As such, Pope Benedict XVI and other Church leaders are well within the parameters of their "job descriptions" to call for care for the environment and for all of God's creatures. Specific solutions may require political negotiations, which is primarily within the competence of laity; but input from religious leaders, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, should not be excluded from consideration.

It should also be said that to drive a wedge between "spiritual pronouncements" and the material world, which is what God's creation is, treads very close to the heresy of Manichaeism.

Recommended reading:

Is environmentalism a moral issue?

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Ask an Apologist


Thread Tools Search Thread
Search Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Prayer Intentions

Most Active Groups
6599CAF Prayer Warriors Support Group
Last by: tawny
6141Let's empty Purgatory
Last by: RJB
5164Petitions Before the Blessed Sacrament
Last by: grateful_child
4627Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother
Last by: neweggs
4289Poems and Reflections
Last by: PathWalker
4055OCD/Scrupulosity Group
Last by: Fischli
3290For seniors and shut- ins
Last by: GLam8833
3261Catholic Vegetarians & Vegans
Last by: Herculees
2823Let's Empty Purgatory 2
Last by: njlisa
Last by: beth40n2

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 1:49 pm.

Home RSS Feeds - Home - Archive - Top

Copyright © 2004-2014, Catholic Answers.