Speaking to a group of lawyers on Friday, Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church is contemplating the introduction of “ecological sin” to the compendium of Church teaching.
“We have to introduce, we are thinking about it, in the catechism of the Catholic Church, the sin against ecology, the sin against our common home, because it’s a duty,” he said.
The pope’s words came just weeks after the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, a bishops’ summit on the Amazon focused on the environmental threat to the region.
The Pope emphasized during this Global Criminal Law Summit that “ecocide” must be recognized as a “crime against peace” and that these crimes must not go unpunished. The Pope wants the international community to criminalize through legal enactment these new “sins” against our ecology.
Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
The very definition of sin was made by God, sin is a transgression of the laws of God. But the Catholic church is closely tying herself to the role of defining sin and the overall objective is the full veneration of Sunday.
The Pope has already stated himself on Sunday, saying it’s observance, by rest, would heal the environment.
If the church gets its way then, working on Sunday would be an ecological sin that would be punishable. Now while sometime back such issues would be the confines of the Catholic church, the Pope’s involvement in recent times with the UN and other religious organizations would point to a global move to rest on Sunday as a way of fighting back climate change.
Interesting that all these signs happen at our times!