Pope says 'throwaway culture' harms environment and human life Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis blamed widespread degradation of the natural environment and disregard for human life on an increasingly common "throwaway...
"We are living through a moment of crisis," the pope said June 5. "We see it in the environment, but above all we see it in man. The human person is in danger."
"We are often guided by the arrogance of domination, possession, manipulation, exploitation," he said. "We are losing the attitude of wonder, of contemplation, of listening to creation, and thus we are no longer able to read there what Benedict XVI calls the 'rhythm of the love story of God with man.'"
"Men and women are sacrificed to the idols of money and consumption," he said. "That some homeless people freeze to death on the street, that is not news. On the other hand, a drop of 10 points in the stock markets of some cities is a tragedy. That is how people are thrown away. We, people, are thrown away, as if we were trash."