Gospel call to live ecological life: Korean cardinal

Practising the gospel by transforming people's lives towards a "sustainable and renewable way" is a priority for Catholics, according to a pastoral letter released by Cardinal Cheong Jin-suk of Seoul.

According to Catholic Online, the latest Korean bishops' newsletter posted on their website (www.cbck.or.kr) reports that the Cardinal said the ecological crisis the world faces is one of the most important issues of today, and one that the church should take a leadership role.

In what may be the first time a diocesan bishop in the country has issued a letter on the environment, Cardinal Cheong Jin-suk (pictured) pointed the blame for the worldwide ecological crisis on humankind.

"The ecological crisis is one of the most important issues in our time," Cardinal Jinsuk said, in the pastoral letter entitled, "Ecclesial Community Living an Ecological Life." "The real reason for the crisis is nothing but us, the human being."

In the 16-page letter, Cardinal Cheong said that the concentrated use of fossil energy, threats to the diversity of species on the planet, the effects of petrochemical agriculture, the shortage and unbalanced distribution of food and the insufficient degree of food self-support are all reasons for the crisis.

"The church should give priority to the practice of the gospel by transforming our life to sustainable and renewable way," he said.

He suggested several "practical ways" to apply these principles, including: the making available education camps for youth to urge them to promote ecology; consumption and cultivation of natural food; the providing of catechesis for young people in "green" practices; and, catechesis for adults, who "must learn and respect their responsibilities towards all creatures."

Korean cardinal calls Catholic Church to face ecological crisis (Catholic Online, 27/6/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Cardinal Cheong Issues a Pastoral Letter for Environment (Catholic Bishops Conference of Korea 23/6/06)
Archdiocese of Seoul
Catholic Earthcare Australia

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28 Jun 2006