In the wake of the amusements surrounding the Vatican’s Amazon Synod, Pope Francis made an important statement at the conference of the International Association of Penal Law on November 15. Thereat the Holy Father declared: “We should be introducing—we were thinking—in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, ecological sin against the common home, because a duty is at stake.” Those who were annoyed at the statement were so for one or both reasons: 1) making things the object of sin; and 2) that the Pope was threatening to alter the Catechism of the Catholic Church upon a whim—yet again.

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