ENCYCLICAL ON THE ENVIRONMENT ? IT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE AND WITH FAITH.
|POPE FRANCIS' FIRST APPEARANCE AFTER ELECTION|
Cardinal Maradriaga may once again have demonstrated his crazy anti-capitalism in a manner that shoots him in the foot. Good . And it seems facts may yet overcome prejudice in the Environment Encyclical Good.
Kudos to Morano, CFACT and Heartland for their quickly organized and now apparently effective mission. Even with the heavy criticism received, the Vatican seems to have blinked. Report: Papal Clima...
But all that needs to be said about the Environment was said by the Pope more than 1,500 years ago! It is quite beautiful and goes as far as Religion need go - leaving the practicalities to the Civil Powers and the laity who elect them in these times.So let us listen to what Papa says :
|POPE SAINT LEO THE GREAT|
From a sermon by Saint Leo the Great, Pope (reigned AD 440 to 461)
"And so our Lord Jesus Christ, being at birth true man though He never ceased to be true God,made in Himself the beginning of a new creation,
and in the “form” of His birth started the spiritual life of mankind afresh, that to abolish the taint of our birth according to the flesh there might be a possibility of regeneration without our sinful seed for those of whom it is said, “Who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” What mind can grasp this mystery, what tongue can express this gracious act? Sinfulness returns to guiltlessness and the old nature becomes new; strangers receive adoption and outsiders enter upon an inheritance.
Awake, O man, and recognize the dignity of thy nature. Recollect thou wast made in the image of God, which although it was corrupted in Adam, was yet re-fashioned in Christ.
Use visible creatures as they should be used, as thou usest earth, sea, sky, air, springs, and rivers: and whatever in them is fair and wondrous, ascribe to the praise and glory of the Maker. Be not subject to that light wherein birds and serpents, beasts and cattle, flies and worms delight. Confine the material light to your bodily senses, and with all your
mental powers embrace that “true light which lighteth every man that cometh into this world,” and of which the prophet says, “Come unto Him and be enlightened, and your faces shall not blush.” For if we “are a temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in” us, what every one of the faithful has in his own heart is more than what he wonders at in heaven.
And so, dearly beloved, we do not bid or advise you to despise God’s works or to think there is anything opposed to your Faith in what the good God has made good, but to use every kind of creature and the whole furniture of this world reasonably and moderately: for as the Apostle says, “the things which are seen are temporal: but the things
which are not seen are eternal.”
Hence because we are born for the present and reborn for the future, let us not give ourselves up to temporal goods, but to eternal: and in order that we may behold our hope nearer, let us think on what the Divine Grace has bestowed on our nature on the very occasion when we celebrate the mystery of the Lord’s birthday.
Let us hear the Apostle, saying: “for ye are dead, and your
life is hid with Christ in God. But when Christ, who is
your life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him
in glory:” who lives and reigns with the Father and the
Holy Ghost for ever and ever. Amen.
Enough said I think....we can take it from there Papa Leo !