Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si’, is  (says one commentator) "the most astonishing and perhaps the most ambitious papal document of the past 100 years, since it is addressed not just to Catholics, or Christians, but to everyone on earth. ....
 

"The care of nature and the care of the poor are aspects of the same ethical commandment. ...he launches a ferocious attack on what he sees as the false and treacherous appetites of capitalism and on the consumerist view of human nature. ...The poor, he says, have their needs denied, while the rich have their appetites indulged. The environmental crisis links these two aspects of the problem.

"This criticism attacks both kinds of defenders of the present world order: the deniers and the optimists. The document is absolutely unequivocal in backing the overwhelming scientific consensus that anthropogenic global warming is a clear and present danger. It blasts the use of fossil fuels and demands that these be phased out in favour of renewable energy. But it is also explicitly opposed to the idea that we can rely on purely technological solutions to ecological problems. ...There will never be a technological fix for the problem of unrestrained appetite, the pope claims, because this is a moral problem, which demands a moral solution, a turn towards sobriety and self-restraint and away from the intoxications of consumerism."

What the Catholic news agency had to say
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