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The Pope Tells European Youth to “Embrace Life of Simplicity” and Give Up Meat to Save the World

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The Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, and Primate of Italy has profoundly informed the youth of the world exactly how to save the world and “Embrace” a life of simplicity: Give up eating meat and “embrace a life of simplicity.

Yes, Pope Francis has indeed told the world that the key to saving the world is for all of us to refrain from our carnivorous compulsions, which he believes will curb global warming and preserve the earth.

“There is an urgent need to reduce the consumption not only of fossil fuels but also of so many superfluous things,” the pontiff told participants at an EU youth conference Monday. “In certain areas of the world, too, it would be appropriate to consume less meat: this too can help save the environment.” Does this sound familiar?

The Pope also urged the youths who attended the conference to embrace a life of simplicity and austerity as a means of being more ecologically conscious.

“May you aspire to a life of dignity and sobriety, without luxury and waste, so that everyone in our world can enjoy a dignified existence,” he said to his young, impressionable audience. “Don’t let yourselves be seduced by the sirens that propose a life of luxury reserved for a small slice of the world,” he said. “Instead, have that ‘broad outlook’ that can take in all the rest of humanity, which is much bigger than our little continent.”

Of course, the Pope went on to warn that if the youth of today do not do their part to save the planet (which apparently includes refraining from eating burgers), then our world will definitely perish, making it harder for the generations that follow to do so.

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There is a lot to unload here. The Pope is a spiritual advisor, not a world leader, and definitely not an environmental scientist. I am only guessing here, but I imagine the Pope honestly knows as much about environmental issues as I do about building turbine nuclear energy burners. It just doesn’t feel proper listening to the Pope tell us to eat less meat. The world needs more spiritual guidance and a return to God, faith, and family values, not to be lectured by the Pope on how much meat we should eat or how much fossil fuel we are burning.

In 2015, Francis became the first pope in history to devote an entire encyclical letter to the topic of the environment with the publication of Laudato Si (“Praised Be”), urging Christians to become more ecologically aware. In that speech, he also talked about the failure to recycle paper and other resources while calling climate change “a global problem with grave implications” and “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.” But it wasn’t until his speech last week that the Pope touched on the subject of eating less meat. We can’t help but notice the timing for such a speech when the whole world is suffering from supply shortages attributable to one failed administration, if we are being honest.

Mark 7:18-19 from the New Testament tells us, “There is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.” I wholeheartedly agree.