Benedict XVI Reminds World's Diplomats Peace Includes the Unborn
As CNS reports, Pope Benedict XVI, meeting today in the Vatican with diplomats from 178 countries, told those assembled that, “The denial of God distorts the freedom of the human person, yet also devastates creation.”
Much of the pope’s address was concerned with the environment, wars, military spending, the arms trade, and restrictions of religious freedom, but he also commented on attacks on the unborn and attempts by the West, primarily, to recognize homosexual marriage.
Concerning life, the pope said, “If we wish to build true peace, how can we separate or even set at odds the protection of the environment and the protection of human life, including the life of the unborn?” On the West’s endeavor to acknowledge same-sex unions, the pope remarked that… “they ignore the natural order of creation and the differences between the sexes.”
Selfishness, Lack of Respect for Life, Lead to Destruction, Pope Says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — War, hunger, oppression, environmental degradation and the current global financial crisis are all the result of selfishness and a lack of respect for the human person created in God’s image, Pope Benedict XVI told diplomats from around the world.
The pope told the diplomats that a “self-centered and materialistic way of thinking,” which ignores the fact that human beings are creatures and not gods, triggered the current global economic crisis and is also the attitude behind the devastation of the environment.