Monday, 6 December 2021

Spiritual Ecology

Pope Benedict explains that cleaning the physical environment means little if we leave our personal spiritual environment polluted.

From The Catholic Thing

By Joseph, Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)

“The pollution of the outward environment we are witnessing is only the mirror and the consequence of the inward environment, to which we pay too little heed. I think that this is also the defect of the ecological movements. They crusade with an understandable and also legitimate passion against the pollution of the environment, whereas man's self-pollution of his soul continues to be treated as one of the rights of his freedom.

There is a discrepancy here. We want to eliminate the measurable pollution, but we don't consider the pollution of man's soul and his creaturely form.... he must acknowledge himself as a creature and realise that there must be a sort of inner purity to his creatureliness: spiritual ecology, if you will."

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Salt of the Earth, Ignatius Press, 1997, pp. 230-231”
― Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)

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