If we respect human ecology, natural ecology will also benefit, “since the book of nature is one and indivisible. In this way, we will be able to build peace.” This is the central message of Benedict XVI’s traditional annual address to members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See.
Before the 178 ambassadors of the States that currently maintain full diplomatic relations with Holy See -including the Russian Federation that just recently joined this group- Benedict XVI presented a “rapid overview” of the planet’s problems, referring explicitly to his Message for the 2010 World Day of Peace as well as his Encyclical Caritas in Veritate.
Recalling the environmental devastation in several European countries prior to the fall of the Berlin wall, the Pope once again explained that “the denial of God distorts the freedom of the human person, yet it also devastates creation.” He reiterated that the protection of the environment is also the protection of human life, “including the life of the unborn,” expressing his disapproval of “the laws or proposals which, in the name of fighting discrimination, strike at the biological basis of the difference between the sexes” because for man, the path to be taken must “correspond to the structure willed by the Creator.”
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