Pope Francis made some unprepared remarks over the weekend that might have been better left unsaid:
“This is one of the greatest challenges of our time: to convert ourselves to a type of development that knows how to respect creation,” he told students, struggling farmers, and laid-off workers in a university hall.
“When I look at America, also my own homeland (South America), so many forests, all cut, that have become land … that can no longer give life. This is our sin, exploiting the Earth and not allowing her to give us what she has within her,” the Argentine pope said in unprepared remarks.
Go here to read the rest. Actually forests in the United States have been stable since 1900, steadily improving in the quality and size of the trees. One-third of the acreage in the United States is forested. Of course some deforestation is necessary to support human life, as was the case with forests cut down and turned into farmland in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries alone the east coast of America. Land cut for timber is routinely replanted, hence the stability of forest acreage in the US. The Pope does not seem to understand the connection between forbidding the use of land for environmental purposes and the unemployment he rightfully decries.