Pope Francis Warns Culture of Waste is Turning into a Culture of Hatred

via Vatican News:

The fragile and vulnerable person, the Pope said, is defenceless in the face of the interests of the market and the power that some economic sectors exert over the state.

To defend democratic institutions and the development of humanity, the Pope said, jurists need to contain the punitive irrationality which manifests itself in many forms, such as mass imprisonment, crowding and torture in prisons, arbitrariness and abuse by security forces and the criminalisation of social protest….

According to Pope Francis, acts such as the massive pollution of air, land and water resources, large-scale destruction of flora and fauna, and any action capable of producing an ecological disaster or destroying an ecosystem should be regarded as “ecocidal” and must not go unpunished.

In this regard, he recalled the Synod for the Panamazon Region, which proposed to define an act or omission against God, against one’s neighbour, the community and the environment, as “ecological sin”….

The culture of waste, the Pope lamented, is degenerating into a culture of hatred, an example of which, he said, is the reappearance of emblems and actions typical of Nazism.