Since the dawn of human civilization, the global tree count has fallen by 46%.
“We are all necessary, especially those who normally do not count because they are not ‘up to the task’ or ‘they do not have the necessary funds’ to build all these things…” – Pope Francis
“Before the problems of the church, it is not useful to search for solutions in conservatism or fundamentalism, in the restoration of obsolete conduct and forms that no longer have the capacity of being significant culturally…
Christian doctrine is not a closed system incapable of generating questions, doubts, interrogatives – but is alive, knows being unsettled, enlivened. It has a face that is not rigid, it has a body that moves and grows, it has a soft flesh: It is called Jesus Christ.” Pope Francis
In more than two years as head of the Roman Catholic Church, Francis has not shied from expressing his views on a great variety of issues.
“Hatred is not to be carried in the name of God! War is not to be waged in the name of God!”
“Women in the church are more important than bishops and priests.”
“Some think, excuse me if I use the word, that in order to be good Catholics, we have to be like rabbits — but no.”
“I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful … I see the church as a field hospital after battle.”
“I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation.”
“Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of profit and consumption: it is the ‘culture of waste.’ If a computer breaks it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs and dramas of so many people end up being considered normal.”
“Perhaps you were mad, perhaps plates flew, but please remember this: never let the sun go down without making peace! Never, never, never!”
“Do you open your hearts to the memories that your grandparents pass on? Grandparents are like the wisdom of the family, they are the wisdom of a people.”
“True love is both loving and letting oneself be loved. It is harder to let ourselves be loved than it is to love.”
“Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads … to those who have quit or are indifferent.”
Pope Francis’ latest encyclical (teaching letter) PRAISE BE TO YOU can be found here in its entirety. I ask my brother and sister interfaith eco-ministers to consider this Christian (Roman Catholic) perspective.