today, our Church and our Popes have been the only ones to speak fundamentally and realistically about our planet’s environment. The fact that everything is connected and everything we do as an individual has consequences is paramount. If you wish to hear about the complete picture and the truth that comes from all the environmental issues, the media is the last place to rely on. They only care about sensationalizing any and every story so they can sell additional advertisements and do another special edition, just to make more money. My personal experiences with the media over the decades has shown me this truth. Yet, there are still a few real journalists in the business trying to provide the truth.
Pope John Paul said, “Man has specific responsibility towards the environment in which he lives, towards the creation which God has put at the service of his personal dignity, of his life, not only for the present, but also for future generations.”
Pope Benedict had an electric car and said in his third encyclical called Charity In Truth, “Above all, the intention to do good must not be considered incompatible with the effective capacity to produce goods.”
Also I wish to point out another quote from Pope Benedict: “Economy and finance, as instruments, can be used badly when those at the helm are motivated by purely selfish means.”
Pope Francis seems to address the two extreme sides and the news media, with the following quote from his encyclical letter.
“It follows that the fragmentation of knowledge and the isolation of bits of information can actually become a form of ignorance, unless they are integrated into a broader vision of reality.”
Additionally Pope Francis reinforces what Pope Benedict said prior to him with the following quote “The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.”