The Bible lays out seven corporal works of mercy; to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, harbor the harborless, visit the sick, ransom the captive and bury the dead.
Ever the reformer, Pope Francis wants to add a new one.
Via Daily Mail:
Pope Francis today proposed that caring for the environment be added to the traditional seven works of mercy that Christians are called to perform.
The Pope took his green agenda to a new level by supplementing Jesus’ call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the sick with his own call for recycling, carpooling and conserving electricity.
He said the faithful should ask forgiveness for the ‘sins’ against the environment that have been committed by the ‘irresponsible, selfish’ and profit-motivated economic and political system.
He called for all of humanity to take concrete steps to change course, starting with repaying what he called the ‘ecological debt’ that wealthy countries owe the poor.
‘Repaying (the debt) would require treating the environments of poorer nations with care and providing the financial resources and technical assistance needed to help them deal with climate change and promote sustainable development,’ he wrote.
The Pope wants the faithful to take small actions such as turning off the lights and sharing lifts with people to cut the number of cars on the roads.
He made the ambitious proposal in a message to mark the church’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which he instituted last year in a bid to highlight his ecological concerns.
This should make for an awkward confession next Sunday. “Forgive me father, for I didn’t carpool to church.”
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]