Plumb Lines

August 12, 2009

Is the Pope “Green”?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Matthew Schmitz @ 2:32 pm

I wonder what David has to say about Samuel Gregg’s comments on the treatment of environmentalism in the recent papal encyclical Caritas in Veritate:

The text is replete with warnings about real and potential environmental degradation. Yet it also makes points impossible to reconcile with much contemporary environmental thinking.

Benedict insists that people are intrinsically more valuable than nature — a point disputed by some green-leaning philosophers. Nor should we be shocked to discover that Benedict describes positions that question humanity’s innate superiority to the natural world as facilitating “attitudes of neo-paganism or a new pantheism.”

-Matthew Schmitz

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