Immense pile of filth! Strong words even from a Pope, or especially from a Pope? To put it in context he said:
“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” Francis said. “In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”
He’s not wrong. Glad he didn’t specifically mention the tarsands.
I have literally never listened directly to anything this pope or any pope has said. In fact I’ve often been disdainful about the idea of a religious leader providing any significant wisdom, especially given previous popes have mainly focused on violation gay rights and harming African’s with their no-condoms policies. This speech however changed my view quickly. I think it’s a really positive sign. And let’s face it the problems he talks about are not news to most of us. And it does take “intervention” to fix these kinds of issues. Maybe not “divine intervention”, but definitely you can’t wait for big business to clean itself up. Or any of the other players involved including the consumers.
The far right who often use religious views in a negative way, and often have poor interpretations as well… like the “fuck the poor” attitude of most right-wing Christian politicians which seems in stark contrast to the feed the poor philosophy of the actual religion. Pope Francis took aim at them, and their supporters with no holds barred. And that’s a great thing to see because they are a powerful and harmful force. Not that all conservatives are like that, but there is a vocal element that exist only to satisfy the greed pigs that vote primarily for self-serving financial interests. And anything that doesn’t help them at the expense of others is dismissed. And that’s the battle we really have is the battle between people who have a sense of community and concern for building a fair and sustainable world versus those that care only about their bank balance and their lifestyle.