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13 Out-of-Context Quotes From Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical


13 Out-of-Context Quotes From Pope Francis' Climate Change Encyclical

Thomas Whitley

I read all 191 pages of Laudato Si, so you don't have to. But, instead of giving you a nice guide to what it says and the salient points Francis makes (you can find that here), I thought I'd just offer a few quotes sans context. The numbers in parentheses refer to paragraph numbers, should you want to put these quotes back in context.

  1. "The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” (21)
  2. “A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system.” (23)
  3. “Caring for ecosystems demands far-sightedness, since no one looking for quick and easy profit is truly interested in their preservation.” (36)
  4. “We were not meant to be inundated by cement, asphalt, glass and metal, and deprived of physical contact with nature." (44)
  5. "Today, however, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor." (49)
  6. "We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family." (52)
  7. "It is foreseeable that, once certain resources have been depleted, the scene will be set for new wars, albeit under the guise of noble claims." (57)
  8. "Clearly, the Bible has no place for a tyrannical anthropocentrism unconcerned for other creatures." (68)
  9. "Injustice is not invincible." (74)
  10. "Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties." (120)
  11. "We can no longer speak of sustainable development apart from intergenerational solidarity." (159)
  12. "The myopia of power politics delays the inclusion of a far-sighted environmental agenda within the overall agenda of governments." (178)
  13. "Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change." (202)

And yes, you did read that correctly. Francis used his discussion on climate change to once again oppose abortion. I wrote briefly about that here.