I’m not Catholic, but I’m lovin’ Pope Francis

Pope Francis recently wrote a letter to bishops, called an encyclical, urging people to change their lifestyles and habits for the sake of Earth and all its species.

Yes. The Pope is on the Earth’s side. Not sure you can ask for a more well-connected ally.

Pope Francis warns that we must take better care of our earthHis letter discusses urgent matters such as global warming, pollution, the dangers of pesticides, the “throwaway culture,” depletion of natural resources, privatization of water, and much, much more.

Privatization of water? Yes. Heard of Nestlé? The big corporation is closing in on a lucrative water privatization deal in Oregon. Prior to this, Nestlé tried it in California, Pakistan, and British Columbia.

This deal would hand Nestlé millions of gallons of clean drinking water, despite a huge drought. Even worse, Nestlé will only pay one cent per 40 gallons of water. Then, it will sell the same water back to the public for $2.63 per gallon.

This is the kind of thing the Pope warns us against. Taking advantage of our earth to make profit.

 

Here is a small sampling of some things he writes:

“Nothing in this world is indifferent to us.” Meaning, everything we do, all we touch, matters. So touch and do with care, respect, and love.

“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years.” This is so ironic to me. When we look at how people have progressed in the past two hundred years based on quality of life, education, and technology, we clearly developed skills to take better care of our common home. Yet, these are the generations who have done the most damage.

“The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.” So, let’s freakin’ take care of it, people!

 

“A sober look at our world shows that the degree of human intervention, often in the service of business interests and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and beautiful, ever more limited and grey, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to abound limitlessly. We seem to think that we can substitute an irreplaceable and irretrievable beauty with something which we have created ourselves.”

 

Pope Francis has my attention. How about yours?

 

*If you’re interested in taking a stand against Nestlé, please sign this petition.

**And if you’re up for a light read, check out the encyclical.

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32 thoughts on “I’m not Catholic, but I’m lovin’ Pope Francis

  1. I agree – I came of age when John Paul II was selected to be the pope in the late 70s… he brought a new energy and new perspective and changed many paradigms – pope Francis is doing the same. The trouble with our world is that no one wants to hear what he’s saying, or at least no one in elected office because it means changing what we do and change is difficult. Change means that we need to make a choice and give up things – comforts and privileges. This is a topic for an entire post. But yeah, I am with you I am groovin’ PF.

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    • The Pope should be seen as a respected leader, but too many people make it about religion, and I don’t think we can break it down like that anymore. We all need to come together, as one, whether we’re black, white, purple, or blue-striped; whether we’re Catholics, Protestants, Jewish, or Muslim. I think the Pope’s words do a really good job showing us that this is a problem for everyone, so we all have to make big changes.

      Last day of school was today. How about you?

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  2. Kate, well done! Your post says it perfectly and, assuming an internet connection, may quote from it in my post for next Monday. Hadn’t heard about that Nestle move! Going to sign the petition now.

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    • Me too, Carrie. I like how he talks about “common home” and “common good”, reminding us that even if we’re talking about the devastation of tropical rainforests, it still affects people across the globe, whether they live in Kansas or Alaska or Norway.

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    • Thanks, Letizia! I get some riled up when I learn about issues like Nestle and privatization of water or rainforest destruction for cheap farmland. Then I hear what influential people are doing, and I feel like we might even beat this if we all work together.

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  3. I’m in agreement, too. Maybe if the Catholic Church’s ca. 1.2 billion members (and the rest of us!) all take this to heart and put it into action, politicians across the world might take notice—and rational action….

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    • I think that the Catholic Church could be a positive voice in this matter. We need to hear from a variety of people, aside from environmentalists who get ignored because “they have an agenda.” The Pope’s stance came as a pleasant surprise to me. Now, we just need the follow-through.

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  4. Great post, Kate!
    I am Catholic, and it’s great to have Pope Francis leading – or trying to lead – the group. It’s crazy that there’s a lot of dissension in the community about having a person so dedicated to the tenets of humaneness, equity, and charity that the religion espouses trying to push us in a fresh direction. Sadly, I think some fat cats have gotten used to profit-making and hate-mongering in their own communities to accept a new way of thinking. You’re right that we are all in this together, no matter what religion or political stance we do or do not take. It’s time we work together, too.

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    • What I truly hope for is that he is “common” enough to reach out to everyone beyond the Catholic faith, and judging from his encyclical, he has that capability. The next battle is for everyone to listen and to act on his words (and words from other influencers) to change our destructive ways.

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    • My heart always soars when someone comes along with a fresh, uplifting, positive swing on matters. I think his reach will be far and effective. Please, do, tell your son. From what I have read about your son in your posts, he’s a positive influencer himself!

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  5. I agree and thanks for putting that petition up – I made sure to sign it. Sometimes I think the only way to create real change is to sign petitions like that because they force businesses and politicians into listening. I’ve always believed everything we do matters though too. These things are exactly what my book is about (now if I could only get it published)! 🙂

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    • Hey Sheila,

      I really admire the energy and effort people go through to write and circulate a petition. I have never made one, but I’ve been tempted! They’re wonderful tools for the average citizen to use to help bring awareness to a broader range of people.

      I’m so glad you’re writing a book that deals with these issues. You know I’ll buy it! 🙂

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    • Celebrities have the power to move mountains, and if they put their names on some of these petitions or articles, we’d have a much bigger response. I have seen some celebrities get involved, like the guy who plays the Incredible Hulk of the current Avenger movie series (his name is escaping me), and the basketball player, Yao Ming, who is speaking out against the elephant slaughter. We need more of that, though. Can you imagine the reaction if Kim Kardashian used her reality series to bring awareness to some of these issues?

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  6. Oh, he’s got my attention too Kate. Totally agree. Yes, ironic isn’t it that we call ourselves developed and evolved while it only goes worse with our environment

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    • Ironic, indeed. Clearly, we need to stop and reevaluate. We’ve gotten ourselves into some very bad habits and we are the only ones who can fix our mistakes. Hopefully, we can do it before it’s too late.

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    • These days, spiritual leaders don’t carry the same weight as they used to. However, this doesn’t mean they can’t still impact us. I think that the difference between Pope Francis and other Popes before him, is that he is “current.” He doesn’t seem to be stuck in the way things are supposed to be according to the Catholic doctrine. He seems to see things for what they are, and he calls a spade a spade. I hope that he continues to speak out, because he is already making waves.

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  7. I’m loving Pope Francis too. But there’s an elephant in the room that he doesn’t mention. It’s overpopulation. Where I live our politicians are telling us that we can expect our population to triple quite soon. Their answer to that is infrastructure. Politicians seem to believe that building more roads will do the trick. Our resources are finite. We need to educate ourselves but that should surely include slowing down population growth.

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    • Hi Mary,

      I’m so glad you mentioned overpopulation. Absolutely. This is a hugely controversial subject that can’t be ignored any longer. I come from a large family, and I’m married into a large family and many friends of mine have more than 2 kids. When I hear parents wishing for another child, when they already have 2 or more, I get upset. We are no longer living in an age where we need half a dozen children to work the farm! These days, when families set out to have more than one or two kids, then it’s less about experiencing the special gift of bringing a child into the world, and more about selfish greed, quite frankly.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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