Key quotes about the environment from past popes


first_img VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has had a wealth of documentation from his predecessors and church fathers to draw from in writing his encyclical on the environment. Here are key quotes that have informed the church’s social teaching on caring for God’s creation, and are thus likely to be cited by Francis in the encyclical.___ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI“Be praised, my Lord, for all your creation and especially for our Brother Sun, who brings us the day and the light … Be praised, my Lord, for our Brothers Wind and Air and every kind of weather by which you, Lord, uphold life in all your creatures. Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water, who is very useful to us, and humble and precious and pure. … Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Earth, our Mother, who nourishes us and sustains us, bringing forth fruits and vegetables of many kinds and flowers of many colors.” The Canticle of Creation, 13th century. Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home,” takes its name from this famous prayer of the pope’s namesake. Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall ___POPE PAUL VI“This consciousness of the environment around us is more pressing today than ever. For men who have the means and the ability to construct and ennoble the world about them can also destruct it and squander its goods. Human science and technology have made marvelous gains. But care must be taken that they are used to enhance human life and not to diminish it.” Message for the World Day of Environment, 1977.___ST. JOHN PAUL II“The dominion granted to man by the creator is not an absolute power, nor can one speak of a freedom to ‘use and misuse,’ or to dispose of things as one pleases. The limitation imposed from the beginning by the Creator himself and expressed symbolically by the prohibition not to ‘eat of the fruit of the tree’ shows clearly enough that, when it comes to the natural world, we are subject not only to biological laws but also to moral ones, which cannot be violated with impunity.” Encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (The Social Concern of the Church), 1987.___ST. JOHN PAUL II and ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW I“Respect for creation stems from respect for human life and dignity. It is on the basis of our recognition that the world is created by God that we can discern an objective moral order within which to articulate a code of environmental ethics.” Common Declaration on Environmental Ethics, 2002. Bartholomew is the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility FILE – In this Sunday April 13, 1997 file photo clergymen hold an umbrella over Pope John Paul II during a snow storm as the Holy Father celebrates a Mass for tens of thousands of Bosnian worshippers at Sarajevo Kosevo Stadium. Anxiety has so gripped American conservatives over Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the environment that you might think a pope had never before blamed fossil fuels for global warming. Or accused energy companies of hoarding the Earth’s resources at the expense of the poor. Or urged the rich to consume less and share more. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Arzt, file) ___EMERITUS POPE BENEDICT XVI“Respect for creation stems from respect for human life and dignity. It is on the basis of our recognition that the world is created by God that we can discern an objective moral order within which to articulate a code of environmental ethics.” Encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), 2009.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Parents, stop beating yourself up How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories last_img