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Pope Says Young to Get Scarred, Squandered Earth

Pope Condemns Consumerism, and Earth Scarred, Squandered

Internet porn, greenhouse gases, and shopping could be the new scourge of the Earth. Pope Benedict addressed a huge gathering of young people in Sydney, Australia, today and said that that they were inheriting a planet whose natural gifts have been "scarred" and "squandered" to fuel insatiable consumption.

His latest environmental plea to save the planet for the young, was aimed at about 150,000 of those youth in Sydney after a "Pope on a boat" ride through the harbor. The sentiment maybe delivered to the right audience: Australia is one of the world's highest per capita greenhouse emitters stemming from coal-fired power stations, combined with the worst drought the country has seen in 100 years and an endangered river system that feeds the nation's food belt.






The Pope's words did not stop at the physical pollution of belching coal — the world is facing a spiritual pollution of sex, drugs, and shopping sprees as well. He said:

Our world has grown weary of greed, exploitation and division, of the tedium of false idols and piecemeal responses, and the pain of false promises.

TV and the internet were top on the list of sins. To see what he may have been aiming directly at Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,


The Pope aimed his focus at TV and the internet for glorifying sex and violence as entertainment. He said:

I ask myself, could anyone standing face to face with people who actually do suffer violence and sexual exploitation explain that these tragedies, portrayed in virtual form, are considered merely entertainment?

Troubled though our planet and species seem to be, the Pope still managed to see the holy. The beauty surrounding him in Sydney, and the scenery he passed on his journey inspired this:

It is as though one catches glimpses of the Genesis creation story — light and darkness, the sun and the moon, the waters, the earth and living creatures.

Is the Pope's focus on modern problems like exploitation on the Internet and of natural resources exactly right? Does acknowledging these temporal problems enhance the Church's relevance? Is there still a bit of Eden left on Earth?


Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Thank you steph! :wave:
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
It's interesting that the earth is scarred, and yet it was his generation that began most of the scarring. It's like saying don't hit me back, because that's how fights begin.
Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 9 years
For the person who asked about the Pope's Popemobile. It is a Mercedes. He rides in styles ;)
stephley stephley 9 years
"The linchpin of the Catholic Church is the pastor — the Pope in Rome, the Bishop in his Cathedral, the shepherd of every diocesan parish. On these three rest the well-being and Catholicity of the Church." I think the term fell out of favor in the 60s and 70s.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
GS, who would ever accuse you of being snarky? :oy:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
"I also remembered this one sermon at church where my pastor was condemning "No Country for Old Men" for being so violent. Aaaaaand I had to kinda giggle because, well, that was one of my favorite movies last year. And I call myself Catholic!" Are there pastors in the Catholic church? Not being snarky, but curious.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
"whenever shows of L&O appear on tv I just wonder how people can enjoy those images and histories...honestly entertainment should aim to be inspiring I think." I rather enjoy blood, guts & gore (ON TV!). This, despite the fact that I was robbed, while home alone, watching SVU. You'd think I'd be scarred for life.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I can't watch Law and Order anymore before bed. It gives me nightmares! Though of course it's tame compared to a lot of other crap that comes out of Hollywood.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I would have to agree with him!
gitsie123 gitsie123 9 years
Nancyjane- I took a class on catholic social thought in college and the church has some extremely progressive views on many social issues. I was amazed because usually people zero in on their conservative stance on womens reproductive rights (I am still waiting for him to support conctraceptives in order to prevent disease especially in poverty stricked areas in poor countries. Many catholics are very dedicated to ending war and poverty around the world.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Thank you Pope, whenever shows of L&O appear on tv I just wonder how people can enjoy those images and histories...honestly entertainment should aim to be inspiring I think.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I think the Pope is right on. I certainly do not agree with the Catholic Church on many issues. However, in this day and age with the frenzied distraction of chaos that has infiltrated our daily lives and making it self comfortable as the norm with each proceeding generation it is nice to have sage words of wisdom to gently remind us that we're straying to far from the path.
stephley stephley 9 years
I generally agree with the Pope on these points - sex and violence are used as entertainment on too many levels. While I wouldn't point the finger at Law & Order first, you do have to realize that it is an entertainment show, and gets pretty graphic while layering socially correct statements about how bad violence is - a little bit of having your cake and eating it too. I wouldn't want my child watching too much of that any more than I would want her to play Grand Theft Auto. But, my kid's school really pushed the Narnia movies, which to me were chocked full of senseless violence. Religion can lead the way on this and the environment but church leaders have to be willing to stand up to the backlash from people who feel their way of life is threatened financially, socially or in some other way, by any changes to the status quo.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Someone shut this hippie up!
valancyjane valancyjane 9 years
He's not talking about Law & Order. Come on. He's talking about movies and TV and video games where sex and violence are used for entertainment. Like in Grand Theft Auto where you get points for raping a hooker. (Why do I know that?) Violence happens but there's no reason to put this stuff in front of people (generally young, impressionable people) if it's just for fun. I'm glad the church is talking more about how taking care of the earth is important. As a Catholic, I get pretty weary of explaining that there is more to the church's social positions than just "don't have sex or abortions."
delia delia 9 years
Wow, I never thought I'd say this, but "GO, POPE!" I don't necessarily disagree with his sentiments about Law & Order (THUNK THUNK!!) but I think it's amazing that he's raising awareness about the environmental side-effects of rampant consumerism. I think much of the general public doesn't understand how damaging our "disposable" lifestyles are!
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
i agree with the pope.
em1282 em1282 9 years
I'm sorry, I just laughed out loud at the "sex, drugs, and shopping sprees" line. I just pictured people saying "C'mon, man, I need my Target fix! 50% off!!!!" I also remembered this one sermon at church where my pastor was condemning "No Country for Old Men" for being so violent. Aaaaaand I had to kinda giggle because, well, that was one of my favorite movies last year. And I call myself Catholic! :cookie: I think it's good to address these problems, but at the same time I think a lot more attention needs to be focused on the idea of morals being instilled in people via the family unit. My parents raised us with proper values, and because of that we were able to see/listen to whatever we chose, and at least IMO I don't really think that affected me negatively. Do I agree with everything I see in movies/tv/whatever? No. But at the same time I think I'd be doing myself a disservice to not see these things in order to understand them/make my own decisions about them.
zeze zeze 9 years
is the Pope-mobile a hybrid?
syako syako 9 years
Is there still a bit of Eden left on Earth? Of course. Go hiking in the Rockies, go to Alaska, go to the Himalayas... there are some beautiful and awe-inspiring places on this Earth.
syako syako 9 years
(world youth day, btw)
syako syako 9 years
My cousin was in Sydney for this! :dance:
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