Civilisations have come and gone and with them too economic systems that were built up and finally destroyed through corruption, greed and lack of concern for the common good. In our day the focus has moved beyond the human family to the earth our common home. The destruction of the environment, climate change and weather patterns have caused enormous devastation (even upsetting World Cup Rugby and international sports programmes) . Can we say we have not been warned? Who is to blame and what is to be a meaningful response?
Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all th e inhabitants and cry to the Lord. For the day of the Lord is near, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness. Joel 1:13 – 2:2.
Pope Francis: The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment is defenceless before the interests of a deified market, which becomes the only rule. EG56