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Pope Decries “Insatiable Consumption” Of World’s Natural Resources, But Catholicism Still Pushes Followers To “Go Forth And Multiply” and Denounces Contraception As Immoral

July 17th, 2008 | by Ken Grandlund |

So now the Pope is going green. Or at least that’s what he’d like for us to believe.

Speaking to a group of 200,000 people gathered in Sydney for the Roman Catholic Church’s youth festival, the Pope told followers that the world’s natural resources are being squandered by “insatiable consumption.”

Some excerpts from his chat:

“The concerns for nonviolence, sustainable development, justice and peace, and care for our environment are of vital importance for humanity.”

“Perhaps reluctantly we come to acknowledge that there are also scars which mark the surface of our Earth: erosion, deforestation, the squandering of the world’s mineral and ocean resources in order to fuel an insatiable consumption.”

True dat, Mr. Pope. But tell me please how your latest missive squares with Catholicism’s prohibition on contraception. After all, “insatiable consumption” can be blamed on a booming world population, something you seem to be all for.

Can anyone say cognitive dissonance?

If the Pope believes that people are using too many resources and leaving the world dangerously in peril, then perhaps he should quit telling his faithful to have more children.

Of course, in the good old U.S. of A.  we’re popping out babies like there’s no tomorrow. 4.3 million babies were born in the US in 2007, a number that hadn’t been seen since the 1950’s. Insatiable consumption? I guess we missed the memo.

The Pope should be proud…slightly conflicted perhaps, but proud nonetheless.

(cross posted at Common Sense)

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  1. 3 Responses to “Pope Decries “Insatiable Consumption” Of World’s Natural Resources, But Catholicism Still Pushes Followers To “Go Forth And Multiply” and Denounces Contraception As Immoral”

  2. By Paul Merda on Jul 17, 2008 | Reply

    Cognitive dissonance indeed! After all, that’s what the overly religious are all about…

  3. By Jet Netwal on Jul 17, 2008 | Reply

    What’s really stupid is that oral contraceptives and the morning after pill are types of contraception the church could condone since they don’t stop sperm, there just isn’t fertilization. The church was considering approving the pill in the 60’s around the time of VatII, but the pope was concerned that doing so would fan the flames of a sexual revolution already at full speed.

    Sometimes being Catholic is frustrating.

  4. By libhomo on Jul 18, 2008 | Reply

    There is another hypocritical aspect of Ratzinger’s comments. He condemns violence, yet he deliberately incites violence against queers and abortion providers through his rhetoric on a regular basis.

    Also, by not going after child raping priests who are abusing kids today (rather than focusing only on crimes that have passed the statute of limitations), Ratzinger is promoting horrible violence against children.

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