That the Pope has recently issued an encyclical calling for the preservation of God’s creation and the drastic reduction or total cessation of fossil fuel usage is laughable!
Anybody who believes this has either amnesia or willing fool disease. Christianity is the most enduring civilizing religion that has removed entirely its adherents from nature.
Materialism is not the by-product of capitalism but the inability to find spiritual fulfilment in nature. All of us westerners (Christian or not), despite recent attempts to romanticize it these past few decades, are categorically unable to find spiritual fulfilment in nature.
Do not blame climate change on capitalism, which liberated us from feudalism, or democracy, which liberated us from theocracy and aristocracy, because just as much industrialization has occurred under socialism and communism if not more.
Ask the Pope if you are now free to return to your nature religions, or adopt the beliefs of indigenous people. The answer will surely be a resounding ‘no’, as he will then be out of business.
Edward Kent, Suffolk Park