Catechism: Pope Francis Considering New Sin – Well, it had to come…

Catechism: Pope Francis Considering New Sin – Well, it had to come…

The environment

According to Pope Francis, acts such as the massive pollution of air, land and water resources, large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem should be regarded as “ecocidal” and must not go unpunished.
In this regard, he recalled the Synod for the Panamazon Region, which proposed to define an act or omission against God, against one’s neighbour, the community and the environment, as “ecological sin”.  Click here to read entire report on Vatican News…

One of these days, he just might mention GOD!


Well,  it had to come eventually.  We’ve had a new Mass, new Sacraments, new Rosary, new Catechism, new Evangelisation,  new everything, just about, so it’s time for (drum roll) a new sin.  Obvious.  Now all that has to be decided is, will this new sin be a mortal sin or a venial sin?  What sort of penances will the priest give in confession – picking up litter in a street near you, at least three times (I get 3 Hail Marys a lot, so I’ll be livid if the litter picking penance is less than three times…) or maybe abstaining from driving your car for three days (three should always be the minimum, in my humble opinion…) OR what about sacrificing a holiday abroad for the next (you guessed it) three years? 

Your (printable only)  ideas welcome…   

Comments (71)

  • Elizabeth

    Just watched this very sobering and heartfelt video. Powerful indeed. I pray that even if Francis does not see it, it will be seen and reflected upon by many bishops and clergy. Thank God for Michael Matt a true and faithful Catholic.

    November 21, 2019 at 12:08 pm
  • crofterlady

    I’m delighted to tell you all that my sister, Helen, has been given the all clear. Deo gratias! Still awaiting news from my brother, Dermot. Thanks for all your prayers!

    November 24, 2019 at 7:18 pm
    • Josephine


      That is great news about your sister. Thanks be to God! I will continue to pray for Dermot and hope the same good news comes for him, as well, soon.

      November 24, 2019 at 11:09 pm
  • westminsterfly December 4, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    • editor


      Priceless. Some of us will be in the confessional for a very long time from now on!

      December 4, 2019 at 3:11 pm
      • westminsterfly

        Hopefully now those who use contraception – either barrier methods (using up latex – all those rubber plantations) or oral contraception – will now confess this grave sin – as it’s a grave eco-sin as well because both damage the environment – particularly oral contraceptives as it has been shown that estrogens which are excreted into the environment interfere with the endocrine systems of both humans and animals:-

        December 4, 2019 at 3:35 pm
      • editor


        A brilliant point! Let’s see if wee Greta campaigns on that one…

        A little later…

        I Googled “environmental blogs” and emailed the link to the first one to appear on the list. If I ever receive a reply – highly unlikely – I’ll report back…

        December 4, 2019 at 11:21 pm
      • westminsterfly

        I’ve also e-mailed and sent the info to the ‘Catholic’ Ecological Conversion Group mentioned in the Telegraph article. One day later, no reply. Will keep you posted on that one . . .

        December 5, 2019 at 12:12 pm
  • westminsterfly

    I just got a reply from the ECG – please see below:-

    Thank you for your email and apologies in the delay. The launch of our campaign has meant i am now catching up on emails.

    The environmental issue of hormonal birth control is a well noted but under discussed issue. I remember studying it at university as part of my Biology degree ten years ago. I would trust Human Life International to present factual information.

    The ECG is a catholic lay run group, adhering to church doctrine and commits to promoting catholic values such as natural family planning.

    “Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? “If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away”. Laudato Si

    Many thanks for your question.

    December 11, 2019 at 4:05 pm
    • editor


      Then why did they not include those “views” on their website?

      December 11, 2019 at 6:57 pm

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