was for nearly three decades at Lancing College; where he taught Latin and Greek language and literature, was Head of Theology, and Assistant Chaplain. He has served three curacies, been a Parish Priest, and Senior Research Fellow at Pusey House in Oxford. Since 2011, he has been in full communion with the See of S Peter. The opinions expressed on this Blog are not asserted as being those of the Magisterium of the Church, but as the writer's opinions as a private individual. Nevertheless, the writer strives, hopes, and prays that the views he expresses are conformable with and supportive of the Magisterium. In this blog, the letters PF stand for Pope Francis. On this blog, 'Argumentum ad hominem' refers solely to the Lockean definition, Pressing a man with the consequences of his own concessions'.
Mortal for the clothes moth !
I suppose you could appeal to the 'gospel' of C. Darwin (still very popular in liberal circles) and claim survival of the fittest. Personally with most insects I usually make some effort to move them on to the great outdoors. If that fails, or I am too lazy, then I dispatch them to oblivion as swiftly as I can. I think the biodiversity thing only applies if you aim to wipe out the entire species. That said it seems that those who are concerned with biodiversity seem never to include the many parasitical species especially those attached to human beings. There are very many of those. I recommend Carl Zimmer's "Parasite Rex" if you would like a few sleepless nights.
Since both you and the moth were and still are teeming with countless myriads of commensal bacteria and viruses, all heartily eating and being eaten, reproducing and being reproduced, the reduction in the number of living organisms was exceedingly temporary and of no importance. De minimis non curat lex.
Just a comment for the sacristans reading this. A lot of people don't realise that it isn't wool per se that clothes moths eat, it's any fabric (including synthetics) containing spots of oiliness or greasiness. They originally evolved to eat deceased birds' feathers, which is why, in an urban setting, you will find a lot of them at pigeons' graveyards ---- the places behind parapets of tall buildings where pigeons go to die.
I once killed a clothes moth with my bare hand... on the altar while I was serving at BCP Holy Communion. The trick of course is to make it look as though it is all part of the ceremonial. By exercising dominion rather than stewardship over the moth, however, I suspect I was not in line with modern-day "creation theology".
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