Environmental campaigners welcome beatification of Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

The US-based Catholic Climate Covenant, has welcomed the news of the forthcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II. They write:  In honour of the announcement of his beatification, we are reminded that His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, was instrumental in renewing the Church’s ancient teachings in light of modern environmental degradation.  Here is just a sampling of what he had to say about the environment from his landmark 1990 World Day of Peace Message: Peace with God the Creator, Peace with All of Creation:

We cannot interfere in one area of the ecosystem without paying due attention both to the consequences of such interference in other areas and to the well-being of future generations.

The ecological crisis is a moral issue.

When man turns his back on the Creator's plan, he provokes a disorder which has inevitable repercussions on the rest of the created order. If man is not at peace with God, then earth itself cannot be at peace: "Therefore the land mourns and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and even the fish of the sea are taken away" (Hos 4:3).  The profound sense that the earth is "suffering" is also shared by those who do not profess our faith in God. Indeed, the increasing devastation of the world of nature is apparent to all. It results from the behavior of people who show a callous disregard for the hidden, yet perceivable requirements of the order and harmony which govern nature itself

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The CCC is a US-based coalition of Catholic organisations, including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, dioceses, religious orders and lay groups. For more information see: http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/

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