The Pope said recently that Catholics should stop indulging in end-of-the-world fantasies and doomsday scenarios.

(Did you get that, environmentalists?)

From CWN:

Christians should not be caught up on apocalyptic prophecies and worries about the end of the world, Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) told an audience in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, November 18.

“Let us have no fear for the future, even when it appears dark and gloomy,” the Holy Father told his Angelus audience. He was commenting on the day’s Gospel reading from St. Luke, in which Jesus tells his disciples: “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified, for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.”

“Let us accept Christ’s invitation to face daily events trusting in his provident love,” the Pope said.

A Christian, he continued, should have a “biblical vision of history,” and should realize that following Christ is more important than any historical events, however dramatic. Jesus, he reminded his audience, is the summit of history, “its transcendent fulfillment, is its alpha and omega, its beginning and end.”

Since the first days of the Church, some believers have been tempted by theories of an imminent end to the world. The Church, he said, has always “put the faithful on their guard against recurring expressions of Messianism.” Rather than attempting to predict future events, the Church adheres faithfully to her mission: evangelizing and sanctifying the world, living in God’s time rather than attempting to find ultimate meaning in earthly events. Pope Benedict observed that cloistered religious offer a model for living in God’s time separated from earthly concerns. Noting that November 21 is a special day marked off by the Church to remember cloistered religious, the Pontiff said that a monastery is a “spiritual oasis” provides the Christian world with “the true antidote against a nihilist mentality– which, in our time, is extending its influence ever more widely in the world.”