According to Pope Francis, acts such as the massive pollution of air, land and water resources, large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem should be regarded as “ecocidal” and must not go unpunished.
In this regard, he recalled the Synod for the Panamazon Region, which proposed to define an act or omission against God, against one’s neighbour, the community and the environment, as “ecological sin”.
Toss half your uneaten kale salad into the bin, or fly to a vacation destination, and so increase your carbon footprint, and it’s six years solitary for you. Homicidal crimes, on the other stalk, should not be punished, at least not capitally. Not even if the murderer is good at his job and offs dozens, or more than dozens, of real actual human beings. Not even if he slits their throats, rapes their corpses, and mutilates their remains.
We are now, collectively as a species, more “moral” than to desire punishment. We no longer need to mete out justice to such fiends. The death penalty is “inadmissible.”
“Briggs, you know as well as I the Pope’s not calling for punishing people for, say, breeding like rabbits.”
“You know what I mean. He means groups, like Apple corporation, who create giant lakes of toxic heavy metal waste in their manufacture of the latest must-have electronic toys on which our modern economy depends.”
He’s got a point about that. Maybe we could make Tim Cook swim across one of these lakes—call it an i-lap—to prove his dedication to the cause of putting a thinking suppression device in every hand.
“Maybe I’m wrong about Apple. They’re enlightened in so many other ways. Best to leave them alone. Think about what Fr Martin would say. There has to be balance, you know.”
Like Cardinal Cupich saying his parishioners should only eat bugs sucked through paper straws else they are in mortal sin?
“Exactly like that. Animal meat is sacred.”
I’m sure you’re right. But who exactly decides just what a “sin against ecology” is? I mean, I know what worshiping graven images is.
“Disrespecting Pachamama might be an eco-sin because of the climate change denial implications.”
You have a point because, as the Pope said, those kind of environmental slights have a “serious tendency to degenerate into a culture of hatred.”
“There is nothing worse than hatred. Which is why the Pope rightly hates it.”
Darn right, he does. I know he’s mad not enough people are taking eco-sin seriously. Instead, they’re condemning sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance, like sodomy.
“Give it up, Briggs. Nobody cares about poopdick anymore. Let people do what they want.”
I’m not stopping anybody from doing anything. How can I?
“You’re rants are exactly why the Pope calls people like you literally Hitler.”
“Yes. He said ‘politicians who rage against homosexuals, gypsies and Jews remind him of Hitler.'”
Without Jews, fags, and gypsies, there would be no theater.
“What did you say!?
Nothing. Just quoting Mel Brooks. But did the Pope really say I’m literally Hitler?
“You bet he did. He said ‘It is not coincidental that at times’ like these ‘there is a resurgence of symbols typical of Nazism.'”
Everybody knows Nazis are bad.
“The Pope said that when he hears speeches like you’re responsible for, he thinks of of ‘speeches by Hitler in 1934, 1936.'”
Before my time.
“There’s more. He said ‘With the persecution of Jews, gypsies, and people with homosexual tendencies, today these actions are typical (and) represent par excellence a culture of waste and hate. That is what was done in those days and today it is happening again.'”
So being against sodomy is just like littering on a massive scale?
“It’s a whole new category of crime. A ‘fifth category’, which are ‘crimes against peace’.”
That sounds pretty serious. I had no idea that condemning what God Himself condemns, and what the Church herself has always condemned, would be a Hitlerian sin.
“That’s why you have me around. To keep you straight. I’m warning you that if you keep it up, you will be shown no mercy.”
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