BENEDICT XVI: TO THE ROMAN CURIA, "CONTEMPT FOR THE CREATION IS AGAINST THE TRUTH"

"Since faith in the Maker is an essential part of the Christian Creed, the Church cannot and must not merely convey the message of salvation to its devotees. It has responsibility for the Creation and must assert such responsibility in public as well. And, by doing this, it must defend not just the earth, the water and the air, as gifts of the Creation that belong to everyone. It must also protect man from self-destruction": this was said by the Pope to the Roman Curia, reflecting on the human nature in connection with the Creation. "There should be something like an ecology of man, in the right sense of the word – he added –. It is not an outmoded metaphysics if the Church speaks of the nature of the human being as a man and a woman and asks that this order of Creation be respected. This has in fact to do with faith in the Maker and with listening to the language of Creation, contempt for which would mean the self-destruction of man and therefore the destruction of God’s very work". Then, Benedict XVI added: "What is often expressed and meant by ‘gender’ actually boils down to the self-emancipation of man from the Creation and from the Maker. Man wants to make himself on his own and always and solely decide for himself about what concerns him. But, by doing this, he lives against the truth, he lives against the Making Spirit".

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