Pope Francis: This is your mess, now clean it up 110



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With the release of his long-awaited encyclical, Pope Francis has chastised wealthy nations and accused humans of reducing the earth to “an immense pile of filth”.

In the 192-page letter, which is the highest level teaching document a pope can issue, the Pontiff lays much of the blame for climate change on human activities.

He says, “The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life”.

Pope Francis blames human greed and consumerism but also business and politicians for the situation ‘Our Sister, mother Earth’ now finds herself in.

Pope Francis writes that: “We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.

“If present trends continue, this century may well witness extraordinary climate change and an unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequences for all of us,” the Pope writes.

The Encyclical maintains that ‘most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity’ and that it represents a great inequality, with poor countries suffering the most.

The Pope predicts war and water crises will become a reality in this century and that the world’s poorest will be the worst affected.

Pope Francis goes on to accuse sceptics of manipulating science, and politicians of showing “remarkable” weakness.

He orders wealthy countries like Australia to take decisive and swift action to solve the problem, arguing that the place to start is by a rapid move away from fossil fuels.

Environmental groups and activists are hoping the pontiff’s intervention will be a game-changer in the climate change debate, however US Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is said to have dismissed a leaked version of the encyclical.

The question is, as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics around the world, does Pope Francis have enough weight behind him to influence action on the world stage?

Tell us, do you think the Pope’s message will have an impact on the climate change debate?  


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  1. I think the Pope needs to fix up his own pile of filth before he tells us what to do!

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    • Hope you survive floods, tornados, drought , excessive heat and cold and less and less food as world dies around you. But perhaps you are too urban and too young to have noticed the increased pollution of the planet.

    • Zela as a matter of fact I have a farm and a nursery. My irrigation is run from gravity. I don’t have an air conditioned house and I grow tens of thousands of Australian native and exotic plants every year. What was your contribution except to gob off and vote Green…..both of which would seem to be perfectly useless!

  2. Hey Pope, please ring Tony.

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    • He will discount the Pope, Abbott is a Catholic when it suits him, like on issues on marriage equality but he fails in other areas to be Christian, his attacks on poorer Australians are a good example of that, also his defense of Pell over these pedophile priests..Jesus said..suffer the little children to come unto me..he did not add so I can sexually abuse them

    • I think there is a very large flock or three that are mainly hypocrites, oh except for Sunday at church !

  3. bUT HE IS RIGHT! regardless of the church’s sins and filth, he is right about the polution ‘No Excuse for Ugly’ from the backyard to towns and cities in any country in any part of this wonderful planet…there is no excuse acceptable for the variety of polutions we have put on this planet.

  4. Wants to have a good look at his own religion and the things that have happened within its sacred walls and I do believe in Christianity but what a thing to say coming from this religious organisation when they refuse to sort their own problems of child mollestation out

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    • Yes, there are many problems within the Catholic Church but the Pope does seem to be trying to clean things up – he’s recently instigated an investigation into the molestation charges as well as the Vatican’s financial goings on. However, Pope or not, he is only one man in that large group of elderly, cloistered men who have no idea of what’s going on in the real world. His experience of real life in Argentina must have a large bearing on his outlook. Let’s hope those old men don’t curtail him.

  5. We don’t need a 192 page encyclical to tell us that greed and don’t give a hoot politicians are destroying the planet but maybe because it come from the pope some good will come from it.

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