Pope Francis has given yet another interview, this time to Viva in Argentina.
The Pope also spoke about environmental issues and how mankind continues to waste the bounty given by God. He also appeared to voice his opposition to extracting wealth from the earth at the expense of the environment. This has been taken by many to imply fracking — a controversial method of extracting gas that opponents say risks contaminating water supplies.
“When, for example, you want to make use of a mining method that extracts more than other methods, but it contaminates the water, it doesn’t matter,” he said, according to Vatican Radio’s report on the interview. “And so they go on contaminating nature. I think it’s a question that we are not facing: Humanity, in its indiscriminate use of and tyranny over nature, is it committing suicide?”
Go here to read the rest. Well that is certainly apocalyptic language. PopeWatch wonders if the Pope ever ponders that his concern for unemployment and lack of economic development in poor areas of the world, may be in conflict with the strident environmentalism he seems to embrace. In this world there are areas of absolutes, usually in regard to morality, and areas of trade offs, a classic example being between economy and ecology. PopeWatch hopes the Pope understands this.