199.Science cannot give a complete explanation of life.
200.Technical solutions to problems are of no use if Man has lost his way.
201.Dialogue among religious believers to solve the problems confronting Man. (When such “dialogues” are conducted, they usually involve elites who share the dominant zeitgeist of the chattering classes of the West, and often have little in common with the average members of their religions. That is why such “dialogues” have so little fruit and are exercises in futility, other than good media attention for those involved.)
202.Those sons of Adam and daughters of Eve will need to change pronto!
203.Pope condemns consumerism. (PopeWatch has always been amused that clerics, whose physical needs are met by their flocks, so often condemn consumerism in their flocks.)
204.The Pope traces most of the ills of the world to what he calls consumerism.
205.Better angels of our nature.
206.A change in lifestyle and social pressure could bring about change.
207.Earth Charter calls for us to make a new start.
208.Disinterested concern for others is essential.
209.Better living through educational indoctrination.
210.Ditto. (The Pope has an immense faith in education to change views on the environment. A typical Jesuit view that is both true and false. Some students will accept this, and others will deeply resent and reject what is being rammed down their throats. Think of Voltaire who was educated by the Jesuits.)
211.Pope as environmental nag. Wear a sweater and turn down the heat you no good!
212.Good environmental actions in our daily lives will restore our self-esteem. (That could be true. Most enviro nuts that PopeWatch has encountered have had a very high view of themselves.)
213.Ecological education every place. (This reminds me of the emphasis that Communists placed on indoctrination, with generations bored stiff attending endless lectures on Marxist theory.)
214.Political parties and the Church must also engage in ecological education. (Endless lectures from Caesar and Christ on keeping the planet green.)
215.If people are taught to appreciate beauty they will embrace environmentalism.
216.Now the Pope begins to write about Christianity being used to make us all good little ecologists.
217.Pope rejects that good Christians may properly reject environmentalism. (This is perhaps the most disturbing passage in a very disturbing Encyclical.)
218.A healthy relation with nature is only one facet of personal conversion.
219.Self improvement by individuals will not solve ecological problems that require collective solutions.
220.Back to the theme of conversion.
221.Finishing the theme of conversion.
222.Less is more. The Pope clearly wants people to lead poorer material lives and richer spiritual lives.(However the world is neither a monastery nor a convent.)
223.More celebration of a simple non-consumerist life. (The irony of this is that environmentalism tends to have its most staunch advocates among the most affluent sectors of society. When one is rich and possesses too many worldly possessions, it is very easy to call on others to lead a life of simplicity and lack of possessions.)
224.Sobriety and humility are hallmarks of the new life that the Pope is calling the world to.
225.Pope calls for a less frantic life through dedication to ecology and the common good.
226.Live in the present without concern about what comes next. Emulate Christ’s serene attentiveness.
227.Say grace before and after meals.
228.All men are brothers.
229.Being good and decent are worth it.
230.Quotes the Little Flower on the need for small daily kindnesses.
231.A civilization of love.
232.Community actions to protect the environment.
233.A mystical meaning to be found in everything. (Near Pan-theism again.)
234.Seeing God in Nature.
235.Nature used in the Sacraments.
236.Praise of the Eucharist.
237.Go to Mass on Sundays!
238.God the Father created everything, God the Son united Heaven and Earth, and God the Holy Spirit permeates the Universe with love.
239.The Trinity has left its mark on all creation.
240.The relationship of the persons of the Trinity is mimicked in the relations within creation.
241.Mary grieves for the poor and all creatures laid waste by human power.
242. Saint Joseph can inspire us to protect the world.
244.”May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope.”
245.God does not abandon us.