“Cry of the Earth”- Pope Francis’s Call on Climate

September 7, 2021

Newsweek:

Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians issued a joint statement on Tuesday, pleading for delegates at the upcoming climate summit to “listen to the cry of the Earth” and take strides against climate change.

The joint statement is the first of its kind, issued by the top Christian leaders in the world, and pleaded for the attendees at the November summit and the world as a whole to make choices for the good of the planet.

“As leaders of our Churches, we call on everyone, whatever their belief or worldview, to endeavor to listen to the cry of the earth and of people who are poor, examining their behavior and pledging meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the earth which God has given us,” the statement said.

“As leaders of our Churches, we call on everyone, whatever their belief or worldview, to endeavor to listen to the cry of the earth and of people who are poor, examining their behavior and pledging meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the earth which God has given us,” the statement said.

“Technology has unfolded new possibilities for progress but also for accumulating unrestrained wealth, and many of us behave in ways which demonstrate little concern for other people or the limits of the planet,” they said.

Below, Kathryn Hayhoe and others, on the moral dimension of climate change.

7 Responses to ““Cry of the Earth”- Pope Francis’s Call on Climate”

  1. Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

    Consider this a positive! Now if the emperor of the bible thumpers would just get on board to protect creation?

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Bible thumpers don’t have an emperor, and they’re certainly not impressed by the RC pope, the AofC or the Orthodox churches.

  2. J4Zonian Says:

    Why doesn’t religion make people spiritual or caring?

    People who have been hurt by life and their caregivers (including the overarching caregiver, society) react in a huge range of ways. Some are so fearful and full of rage and hate they become addicted to power & control out of desire for protection, revenge, or both. They get pushed by their feelings into conservatism—belief in domination and punishment, strict father families, hierarchy.

    You can never get enough of the wrong thing; whatever realm they act this out in, it never makes the past end any better. They won’t admit the problem is in them so they project it onto others, and nature and concepts, and won’t seek help. So they’re driven to do more of the same—ever more, without end. It’s why, if we don’t stop them, we’re headed for fascism.

    The people addicted to power are the people who end up in positions of power wherever they are, including in religion, where they do what they do everywhere—make their organization a tool for domination and punishment, strict father families, (in this case above and below) and hierarchy. Francis wants to be different, but he’s trapped by people and in-groups who prop up their tenuous, addicted certainty with rules they’ve made and the idea of 2000 years of “tradition”, which is little more than such relentless domination by generations of abused and abusing conservatives that others are psychologically, legally, and culturally unable to change it much or for long. They know only one play, and the roles and relationships in that play—abuser, victim, bystander…

    Singular circumstances
    There come moments when awareness of the particulars escapes into a large enough group that the abused and abusing addicted rulers are overthrown, or at least moved aside enough for their victims to start over, with the whole group or a splinter. Luther & the Reformation did it, for one. But people who only know the particulars, not the larger pattern and deeper motivations, can’t stop it from happening again in whatever group they create, so it starts over. Protestantism is split again by Quakers, and Mormons; Hinduism by Buddhism & Buddhism by Zen. Unless people are wise, careful, and have a practice that cultivates awareness, the addicted people claw to the top and create the same relationships and dynamic they had, and the victims become victims again, or if they refuse that role, one of the others they know: abusers or bystanders.

    We’re in one of those moments. If we don’t do it well, it may be the last. If we do it very well it may be the last, too, but that seems less likely. Not enough people are aware of the pattern and motivations.

  3. redskylite Says:

    The full statement from the three leaders is attached and worth reading in full carefully, especially if you have been influenced by religion in your life. Personally, I thought the statement was excellent and is aimed at the upcoming COP-26 event.

    The cry of the Earth is loud and evident and I hope that the message is read sinks in to enough Christian (and others) participants and transcends the greyness of politics and greed. Other religious and spiritual movements have made the exact same points in the past.
    =======================================

    A Joint Message for the Protection of Creation.

    Today’s children and teenagers will face catastrophic consequences unless we take responsibility now, as ‘fellow workers with God’ (Gn 2.4-7), to sustain our world.

    Click to access Joint%20Statement%20on%20the%20Environment.pdf


  4. Climate catastrophism is the world’s largest secular religion and all the other religions want a piece of it.


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