The nations have a great many valid grievances when it comes to the Catholic Church, perhaps surprisingly there is a common ground to be found related to climate change.
As a people, as nations, we have long held the belief that the earth is a living breathing entity, a mother or grandmother worthy of care and respect – that belief came with an understanding that no one lives in a vacuum, that a continuity exists in all things resulting in an individual, communal, and global responsibility.
This current Pope, Francis, in the current encyclical related to climate change and income inequity speaks a truth in such a manner as to hopefully raise a galvanizing awareness that will drown out deniers and the “corporate science” whose only interest is maintaining the status quo and increasing the profit margin.
I’ve always been a little amazed by a Christian theology that emphasizes everything but being the “good stewards” their book admonishes them to be.
Churches and televangelists with their “prosperity doctrine” approach have relegated this doctrine of stewardship to the personal financial realm…as it benefits their personal financial realm – having done so they would have all believe a mainstay of stewardship is to give until you bleed.
It is the same approach Conservatives and corporations have adopted with a few adjustments, those being the greater the greed and gluttony of one percenters and corporations the better it is for everyone.
They would have you believe that the fiasco of trickle down economics is not in fact a formula for low wages, more people falling through the cracks, and a growing number requiring public assistance.
Climate change is about more than the environment, it is about social and economic change, it is about a growing disparity between the haves and the have nots, the decline of a solid middle class that is so essential to any economy, and a government populated on both sides of the aisle not by a shared concern for the common good and welfare of the people, but rather that of corporate interests.
A common thief is roundly disparaged, and rightfully so – but what of the thieves who are stealing the climate, raping the environment?
The crimes they commit are not limited to a lone individual or a small number, they are global in nature.
They are crimes committed against all humanity, against your children, your family, your loved ones, your friends…have you nothing to say?
You don’t have to be a Christian, a scientist, or of any belief to understand the reality, and in doing so understand what stewardship means and act upon it.
All that is required is to be a human who gives a damn.