Elsewhere in the article, Girotti discusses confession. I think both go hand in hand: "Forgive me father for I have sinned. During the month of January, my carbon footprint was reprehensible, further endangering people living in flood-prone regions of His earth like Bangladesh..." Really, it is no surprise to me that folks like (the rather earthly) Tony Blair would like to miss out on the benefits of the religion. Believe it or not, Catholicism is a very forward looking faith:
[Archbishop Gianfranco] Girotti, in an interview headlined "New Forms of Social Sin," also listed "ecological" offences as modern evils.
In recent months, Pope Benedict has made several strong appeals for the protection of the environment, saying issues such as climate change had become gravely important for the entire human race.
It has installed photovoltaic cells on buildings to produce electricity and hosted a scientific conference to discuss the ramifications of global warming and climate change, widely blamed on human use of fossil fuels.