Cardinal André Vingt-Trois warns “ecology is not a decorative luxury…it is life vs. death”

December 1, 2015

En francais: Lors de la messe des évêques d’Ile-de-France dans la perspective de la COP21, à Notre-Dame de Paris, dimanche 22 novembre 2015, le cardinal Vingt-Trois,archevêque de Paris, a souligné deux tentations : une écologie sans l’homme et une écologie partielle. En référence à Laudato Si’, encyclique du Pape François, il a réaffirmé que l’écologie est « un projet de vie global » et encouragé chacun à discerner comment « il use et abuse du monde ».  http://www.eglise.catholique.fr/actualites/dossiers/cop21/410026-cardinal-vingt-trois-lecologie-une-question-de-vie-et-de-mort/

In a homily preached a week before the beginning of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois warned against two ecological temptations.  The first temptation is “to dream of an idyllic universe” without mankind, he preached on November 22 at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. “This is an earthly paradise without men. It is ecology against humanity, in other words a vision of the human being as an intruder and a destroyer.”

The second temptation, Cardinal Vingt-Trois continued, is a “partial ecology” in which we make better use of resources in order to “safeguard our way of life” and to “ensure that our prosperity will continue.”  Referring to Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’, Cardinal Vingt-Trois called ecology “a global project of life that must reach all sectors of human existence … Ecology is not a decorative luxury for developed societies, it is a question of life and death. It is a question of life and death for which we are called to revise our manner of living.”

Ecology should take into account “not only our business, our interests, our hopes, our ideologies,” but also “the totality of the universe of which Christ is the center,” he added.