Speaking to an audience of legal experts at the Vatican Friday, Pope Francis said he was strongly considering adding the category of “ecological sin” to the Cathechism of the Catholic Church.
“We must introduce — we are thinking — into the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the sin against ecology, the ecological sin against the common home, because it’s a duty,” the pope said, according to the Wall Street Journal.
He cited the definition of ecological sin as an “action or omission against God, against others, the community and the environment. It is a sin against future generations and is manifested in the acts and habits of pollution and destruction of the harmony of the environment.”
The pope also called for legal sanctions against corporations that pollute.
🔦 Pope Francis has made environmentalism one of the main focuses of his pontificate. He has repeatedly named climate change an existential threat to life on the planet, called for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels, and blamed the global market economy for destroying the earth.