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Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry Rainforest

‘Memba how we all laughed last week at the liberal Presbyterian divine who led his seminary class to confess their sins to houseplants?

Well, here’s news from the Catholic Church’s Amazon Synod:

Catholics should admit their crimes against nature in confession, according to one prelate at the Vatican’s ongoing summit for the Amazon region.

“The ecological situation today is a motive for division, but people cannot but take into consideration the importance the environment has for us,” said Archbishop Pedro Brito Guimarães, of Palmas, Brazil, on Friday. “Ecological sins. It’s a new word for us, also for the Church, but people don’t confess the sins we commit against nature.”

Guimarães’s words came during the daily press conference for the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon.

Everybody done lost they damn minds. That’s my considered conclusion.

UPDATE: OK, let me clarify, and maybe even back down a bit. I do believe that we humans have a divinely mandated responsibility to treat Creation with care. I believe that we badly fail at that all the time, and yes, we should repent of that and make reparation. We are sinning not against nature, but against the God who is the Creator of that nature. If that’s all the Archbishop is saying, then I’m with him. I read his comment in context of the whole Amazon Synod, which is, to my eyes, going off-track with syncretism. If this is not some cloaked form of Gaia-worship, then I apologize for mischaracterizing him.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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