While there has been a flurry of interest in the Vatican’s designation of Pollution and Environmental Degradation as a sin – it seems that this is an overstatement by the media.
However, it does make for an interesting discussion, and protecting the environment is getting attention as a modern value.
“The Church continues to hold that sin is an act by an individual contrary to the will of God, that can be absolved after the sinner makes a valid confession. Critics have said that the idea of “social sin” such as “environmental degradation” is one for which no one individual can be held to account and that therefore becomes largely meaningless for the greater majority.
Read an English translation of the original L’Osservatore Romano interview: