Some food for thought from Vinoth Ramachandra. Let’s continue to think critically about what we consume and how we live – Vinoth refers to some of the ‘answers’ from agribusiness – the topic of GM foods, and its ethical and theological implications will be considered at this Saturday’s Environment Day conference, starting at 9:30am at Redcliffe College, Gloucester. Here is a link to the programme; http://www.redcliffe.org/Events/vw/1/ItemID/99.
Do come and join us if you can – it will be a Saturday well-spent, if it leads us to engage more thoughtfully with some of the justice issues Vinoth discusses, and more importantly corrects our skewed thinking around the purpose of Lent too.
Joseph Ratzinger, who steps down this week as Pope Benedict XVI, was not as popular, let alone as saintly, as his predecessor John Paul II. But he has acquired a well-deserved reputation as the “Green Pope”, making the Vatican the first carbon-neutral country in the world, putting thousands of solar panels of Vatican rooftops (a project which won the 2008 Euro Solar Prize) and committing the Vatican to having 20 per cent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2020.
Ratzinger has always been an animal lover. He practises the Church’s official teaching that we owe kindness to non-human animals and that it is morally wrong to inflict gratuitous suffering on them. In an interview with a German journalist, before he became Pope, he said: “Animals, too, are God’s creatures. Certainly, a sort of industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to…
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