CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 22 September 2018

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Stop the ecological holocaust cries Cardinal Bo

YANGON (Agenzia Fides):  “The world saw great holocausts in its history, the last was the nuclear holocaust in Japan. Now there are the first warnings of an ecological holocaust,” says Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of the Archdiocese of Yangon. 
 
In a note sent to Agenzia Fides, reflecting on some passages of the papal encyclical, Laudato Sì (On Care for Our Common Home) and on the situation of Myanmar, Cardinal Bo quoted Martin Luther King saying “Some are guilty and everyone is responsible.” Our silence, our inaction can be a collusion, he said. 
 
“We are in a critical moment of human history. ‘Faith without action is an empty faith,’ the Apostle James warns. All our pious convictions require real actions. The encyclical Laudato Sì calls to action, and this is the moment of action. We must act now, and act together for the world to prevent an ecological holocaust,” the cardinal stated in his letter. 
 
He observed that by 2050, there would be 150 million people desperate for a glass of water. Vast areas of Asia and Africa will see global warming at an apocalyptic level, which will cause water wars and food wars. The poor will be the main victims. The life of democracies will be in danger due to resource-wars within countries and across continents. Millions will be ecological refugees. We have listened to these predictions. But the unsustainable lifestyle of the rich countries does not change. Rich countries, with a population of only six per cent of the world, produce 30 per cent of greenhouse gases.
 
Talking about Myanmar, the cardinal issues a strong warning and says, “The country is the second in the global risk index. We are the second most vulnerable nation to global warming. We are at risk of cyclones, earthquakes, and floods. We have buried over 200,000 victims due to natural disasters in the last decade. Many were poor. We are victims of global warming. This is ecological terrorism.”
 
He continued with a scathing criticism on the world super powers when he said, “The few powerful of this world decide who should live and who should die. This asymmetrical attack on poor nations by rich nations is terrorism, it is genocide and must be defined as a crime against humanity.”
 
“The Church,” explains Cardinal Bo, “is the guardian of human dignity. The Church is a community that speaks for the weak and the vulnerable. Speaking of uncomfortable truths is part of the mandate to be Church today.” 
 
Cardinal Bo said that Laudato Sì is a far-sighted call for a new world war against the greed of multinationals, governments and the rich minority that destroys God’s creation for money and power. Christianity is not afraid to talk with the powers. “We must act now together with all people of good will, civil society, with other religions. We need to develop a theology on ‘ecological sins’ and also on the ‘sacraments of nature’: water, earth, air and fire as the most sacred gifts of the Creator,” he said. “The Church must develop an alliance against the evil axis of money and arrogance. We have this ethical mandate,” he concluded.

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