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;
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.

Vinoth Ramachandra

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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  1. Perhaps so! But if you do even a little bit of homework you will find that many/most/all right-wing Catholics are very much against the environmental movement, dismissing it as an anti-Christian form of “paganism”. George Pell from Sydney Australia promotes this line.
    Some of the same right-wing Catholics are also very much agin the topic of Justice, dismissing it as a form of left-wing (even secular) political correctness.

    Furthermore, with very rare exceptions the Christian religion does not have a tradition of vegetarianism. Indeed vegetarians were and are dismissed as sandal-wearing kooks!

    At another level entire religions and cultures too have what I would call collective karmas (and thus get their karmic just deserts). That is, they sooner or later reap what they have sown – even what was sown decades or even centuries ago.
    That having been said Christians have been monstering the entire planet for forever and a day – such was the inevitable manifestation of the blood-soaked imperative of Constantine’s famous Sword.
    These three references point to and describe the his-story of the inevitable blood-soaked applied politics of Constantine’s sword.
    Note the unspeakably vile sado-masochistic snuff/splatter film being reviewed in the last reference. Many right-wing Catholics (via the right-wing USA think tanks) were more than enthusiastic advocates and supporters of the politics of deliberate systematic cruelty described in this essay.
    Further descriptions of what happened, and who supported this applied politics of cruelty are described in The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.
    Furthermore, many of the same right-wing Catholics (and Protestants too) were enthusiastic supporters of the vile outfit featured on this website
    Right wing elements in the Vatican also gave their tacit support to this vile outfit too – many of the victims were either advocates of, or inspired by the then popular Liberation Theology

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