Will there be a new sin in the catechism? The Primate of Poland comments on the Pope’s words

Will there be a new sin in the catechism?  The Primate of Poland comments on the Pope's words

Pope Francis is considering adding “ecological sin” to the Catechism. This sin is supposed to be the reaction of the Catholic Church to the progressive destruction of nature. The Primate of Poland, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, admitted that acting to the detriment of the natural world can be considered, in the religious category, as an offense against the Creator.

– I think that, first of all, we must read this call in the context of the Laudato si’ encyclical, as well as the last synod in the Amazon, where the Holy Father very strongly emphasized that it was about integral ecology, i.e. concerning the creation of the world and man – explained Wojciech Polak. – If God’s creation is actually destroyed as a result of human action, we can talk about an offense against the Creator – he added.

Pope: We are considering the possibility of recognizing ecological sin

The Primate of Poland commented on the Pope’s declaration in this way. The Holy Father spoke at an audience with participants of the Congress of the International Criminal Law Association. As the Polish correspondent of the Vatican radio station reports, during his long speech, Francis touched upon, among others: issues of threats to democracy and the rule of law. The Holy Father said, among others: about attaching too little importance to crimes committed by large corporations or the inappropriate use of pre-trial detention. Francis pointed out that in some countries half of the prisoners are people held in this way.

Speaking about the challenges of today, Francis drew attention to the need to protect the environment. In this context, he referred to the previously announced possibility of updating the Catechism of the Catholic Church with the so-called ecological sin. He assured that as the head of the Church he thinks about it because it is so “a sin against our common home”.

The idea of ​​a synod

Let us recall that the issue of ecology was strongly raised during the October synod of bishops on the Amazon. Vatican News reported that during one of the sessions, the deliberations stated that it was necessary “ecological conversion”that will enable Christians to understand “the importance of sin against the environment as a sin against God, neighbor and future generations”. “No to individualism or indifference that make us look at reality the way a viewer looks at a screen. Yes for an ecological conversion centered on responsibility and integral ecology, putting at the center human dignity, which is too often trampled on.” – we read in the summary of the meeting.


Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication, said at a press conference that bishops, observers and delegates of other Christian churches reported the need “a deep ecological conversion that moves from a technocratic paradigm to a caring paradigm”. He added that, according to one of the participants, Christianity is “a call to ecological morality, knowing that there are ecological sins that can also be defined as ecocide”.

The Catholic News Service portal reported that, according to one of the synod participants, the concept and impact “ecological sins” could be explained through catechesis and, above all, in the sacrament of penance. In the light of this theory, like other sins, sins committed against nature can be divided into “minor and more serious”. During the synod, a proposal was also made to introduce the so-called ecological canon, in the light of which the Church could consider disrespect for the natural environment or destruction of nature as a sin.

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