Much of Pope Francis’s apocalyptic encyclical Laudato si will be music to the ears of delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference scheduled for Le Bourget in November; but not all of it. Here, for example, is a paragraph which may get omitted from summaries that appear in the secular press:
‘‘Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away.” ’
Bravo Francesco! The attempt to render Gaia subservient to Deus is a bold one, which deserves the admiration of every faithful Catholic. How witty to point out that those who are eager to save polar bears from global warming should extend a like sympathy towards embryos of their own species!
But, needless to say, it’s not the sort of thing that grabs the headlines or makes it onto the BBC.