A few days ago, Pope Francis marked the launch of the so-called Laudato si platform.
The platform, announced in 2015, pledged for a change in humanity’s behavior toward the Earth.
The project is meant to last for seven years, during which the Catholic Church would try to help raise awareness of environmental issues our planet faces today.
A new type of Catholic Church politics
During the ceremony, the Pope delivered a speech in which he emphasized that the Earth suffered from the wounds caused by a ‘predatory attitude’ of humans.
Pope Francis accentuated that this attitude made people feel like the world is their ownership, and as a result, they started ‘irresponsibly using the goods given by God.’
The Pope stressed that the wounds nature experienced are now being revealed as an ecological crisis that threatens our water, soil, air, and ecosystem in general.
Pope Francis asked what kind of world are we willing to leave to further generations, warning that the selfishness of today might gravely endanger future generations.
The Pope invited all sorts of communities, ranging from families and farms to schools and businesses, to make the world more sustainable.
Caring about the poor and the ‘ecological sin’
In the same speech, the Pope called for the adoption of an ‘integral human ecology,’ the one that would not only take care of the environment but also of the issue of poverty.
This new approach would listen to both ‘the cry of the poor and the cry of the endangered Mother Earth.’
Among other things, it would involve a way of living that entails a green economy, green education, green spirituality, and involvement in communal issues, as well as living a simple and frugal lifestyle.
While many people might be surprised by these appeals, many commentators pointed out that this was not the first time Pope Francis endorsed some approaches close to the leftist policies.
Some of them recalled that, two years ago, the Pope talked about the possibility of instituting an ‘ecological sin’ among the Catholic Church doctrines.
Back then, the Pope urged companies to stop performing an ‘ecocide,’ adding that the destruction of an ecosystem presents the fifth category of crimes against peace which, as such, should be unanimously denounced by the international community.