9 September 2019

New threat to Biodiversity

Sadly, an article is reported in our British medical journal The Lancet concerning the probable complete elimination of Malaria.

Laudato si  clearly teaches, with all the authority of its Magisterial author:
"It is not enough ... to think of different species merely as potential resources to be exploited, while overlooking the fact that they have value in themselves. Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species ... The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity. Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right."

I am sure that our Holy Father will make an early protest against this proposed anthropogenic extinction of a God-created life-form; and, presumably, the relevant bureaucratic department of the CBCEW will already have its draft protests well in hand. The Conference will pretty certainly soon hold an emergency meeting to uphold the authority of Laudato si in these dark days.

And Cardinal Baldissieri will add this new assault upon Biodiversity to the agenda of his Synod. The appropriate paragraph of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation (Malariae dignitas?) more or less writes itself.

Each of us has a grave duty to support our pastors in the face of this new ecological crisis.


PM said...

Mmm. I once saw an exponent of the concomitant good theory of the problem of natural evil (e.g. devouring the lamb at least serves the good of the lion) thrown by an objector who said 'if I get the flu I couldn't give a toss about the good of the virus'. I still think the Thomist are right - do we really imagine we could do a better job of creating material world or outdo God at 'godding'? - but the objector did have a point.

Liam Ronan said...

Alas, poor Anopheles! Laudato knew him, Father: a creature of infinite jest and most excellent fancy; he hath skewered me on his proboscis a thousand times.

Anonymous said...

Was it Hilaire Belloc who wrote a litte verse involving the streptococcus being a test?

modesty still a virtue said...

And I believe there is enough small pox in labs to reintroduce that to the wild too

Dan Hayes said...

Another example of taking any idea to its logical (and idiotic) conclusion. A fallacy too often indulged by PF and his camp follower.

Mick Jagger Gathers No Mosque said...

Dear Father. Malaria bears with it an euphonic quality. Were it not a disease, one could imagine his own self naming a daughter that.

Why thank you, nice to meet you. May I present my twin daughters, Aphasia and Malaria?

Mmm, yes, I know cheerleading scholarships are to be had at many South Eastern Conference Football powerhouses but with STEM and all, me and the Missus are steering them towards science.

Zephyrinus said...

Dear Reverend Father. Literally, one could not make this up, could one ?

Sadly, certain people, and organisations and groups, DO.




Michael Leahy said...

Antibiotics should be declared sinful. They wickedly deny bacteria their right to life.

SilverDog said...

..."in these dark days."... Yes indeed Father, if this is to be?

In the Amazon Married Deacons Are Already Saying Mass. And the Pope Knows It


Forget malaria, this is an abomination! Maybe you wish to comment?

Marco da Vinha said...

I have often wondered what all these disease-causing bacteria have to say about the beauty of Creation. Would their effects on us have been different before the Fall?