Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Patriarch Bartholomew: Protecting the Planet is a Sacred Task...

Patriarch Bartholomew I, the First Among Equals in the Eastern Orthodox Communion, has been known as "the Green Patriarch," and with good reason. He has been tireless over the years in speaking out on the environment, and linking it to a Christian, Sacramental theology of the Creation.

Bartholomew said that protecting the planet for Christians is a "sacred task and a common vocation," when he spoke on Nov. 3 at Lambeth Palace in London. "Global warming is a moral crisis and a moral challenge."

"Basic human rights such as access to water, clean air and sufficient food should be available to everyone without distinction or discrimination.

"We are convinced that we cannot separate our concern for human dignity, human rights or social justice from the concern for ecological preservation and sustainability."

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