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The beginning of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate is this Biblically erroneous statement:

LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.  This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.

First, a daughter could have sexual relations with her father and the progeny’s mother  would also be his/her sister.  I think this metaphor by Francis is mystical incest. Further, ‘she’ does not “sustain and govern us”.  If she did, then she is God.  This smacks of idolatry, very much akin to radical feminist theology and again an incestual deity.  

Second, in the Bible, the earth is neither mother nor sister, but God’s good creation as all people and animals, and that is enough reason to be faithful and careful stewards of creation.  The earth, being neither mother nor sister, can not ‘cry out’.  

Third, if the earth is our ‘mother’, it stands to reason that as our ‘mother’ she has begotten us to “embrace us”.  She has not.  My mother begot me, not the earth, as your mother gave you birth. The earth does not birth us. Even a stalwart Roman Catholic, G.K. Chesterton flat out wrote that nature is not our mother as this is pagan.  Yes, he wrote she is our sister insofar as we are in God’s creation together, but I do not want to stretch any non-Biblical metaphor. I think we should be wary of such metaphors. The Pope’s statement is pagan mythology which flies in the face of the summation of Biblical doctrine in the first article of the Creed:  “I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.”  We are made by God, not begotten from neither God nor His earth, only the Son is begotten from God. 

Fourth, “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth…” (emphasis my own).  God’s good earth, as His Mother the Virgin Mary,  does not intercede and mediate  for us in  heaven. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…” 1 Timothy 2: 5

There is something worse than man-made climate change and that is man-made doctrinal change. Heresy can make life hotter than hell, and it is usually well-intentioned.  For what follows in this encyclical, I have not read, but this is the wrong start and wrong beginnings can lead to bad conclusions. 

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