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Green Orthodoxy

Folks who’ve been following my writings might remember my comments on Catholics Going Green and keeping their sanity, well it seems that some separated brothers in the Eastern Orthodox church are joining the discussion.  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholemew I gave a statement to the UN-sponsered World Enviornment Day emphasizing the sacred nature of the created order and the place, who is blessed with reason and the power to distinguish good and evil, in protecting and acting as a steward over God’s creation.

According to the theological understanding of the Orthodox Christian Church, the natural environment is part of Creation and is characterized by sacredness. This is why its abuse and destruction is a sacrilegious and sinful act, revealing prideful despise toward the work of God the Creator.

You can read the full version of the Patriarch’s statement here and I further encourage everyone to read (or re-read) Stratford Caldecott’s essay “Ecology“.


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