UPDATE: Yes, he speaks of loving and respecting creation. Don’t be scandalized.
Pope Francis’ experience, you have to know, would put respect for love of God and neighbor together with respect and love of creation, not that he’s a pantheist! Honestly!
For instance, you have this rich guy, but he’s filthy rich, meaning that he’s gotten his money by kicking the poor in the face, hard, to death. He’s got this nasty chemical factory on the edge of the city, employing people, sure, but at slave rates, and dumping deadly toxic waste into their open street sewers, that they walk through and live in in their poor neighborhoods, their barrios, their favelas, having them watch the toxic environment kill them off. But God created our environment to help us praise Him (see Romans Chapter One). Creation screams out to us that God exists, that He loves us, that He has done all things well for our benefit, out of love for us, and that we might use creation in a way that helps us to demonstrate that we love our neighbor. But we don’t do that often, do we?
Care for the environment is care for our neighbor. It is diabolical arrogance to kill off the poor just to save a few bucks in disposing of waste properly. Just a for instance.
I have a great deal to say about Saint Francis’ ideas about creation, ideas which slammed him down prostrate before our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whereby creation simply follows the will of God, while we, with our fallen human nature, do not, so that creation is incriminating us of our stupidity, so that creation is calling us to repent of our stupidity, so that creation trumps our stupidity by insisting that we praise God, creation being in anguish until the redemption of the sons of man, of Adam, fallen Adam, as Saint Paul has it. But that’s a post for another day.
Sure, Marxists and pro-aborts speak up the environment over against people, so that we ought to wipe out populations and abort everyone for the sake of the environment, but that doesn’t mean that those who want to protect the environment can’t do so out of love of neighbor, and out of a healthy praise of God.
Something like that. Saint Francis knew how to do this. So does Pope Francis.