There are two popes I admire, Pope John the 23rd and Pope Francis, two people who get in terms of how religion should really work in caring for people and the planet and not pontificate, two concepts atheists like myself share as we move further into the 21st century. Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter is truly revolutionary, calling for man to change his ways before it's too late, something BRT has talk about all too often as we move further into the Anthropocene.
Nothing in this world is indifferent to us
3. More than fifty years ago, with the world teetering on the brink of nuclear crisis, Pope Saint John XXIII wrote an Encyclical which not only rejected war but offered a proposal for peace. He addressed his message Pacem in Terris to the entire “Catholic world” and indeed “to all men and women of good will”. Now, faced as we are with global environmental deterioration, I wish to address every person living on this planet. In my Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I wrote to all the members of the Church with the aim of encouraging ongoing missionary renewal. In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.
Pope John the 23rd