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Discussion Guide: LAUDATO SI': ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

 

LAUDATO SI'

Pope Francis' highly anticipated encyclical is now available on line from the Vatican website in a variety of languages.

JUST POSTED: Featured on Justice & Peace, Integrity of Creation | June 18, 2015 (A Guide to Laudato Si')
JUST POSTED: Featured on Justice & Peace, Integrity of Creation | June 18, 2015 (A List of quotations from the encyclical by topics)

TOP TEN TAKEAWAYS FROM LAUDATO SI'

by James Martin, SJ

FR. BARRON ON POPE FRANCIS' LAUDATO SI'

By Fr. Barron


FIVE THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN THE ENCYCLICAL ON ENVIRONMENT

by Thomas Reese, SJ

Original Link: National Catholic Reporter by Thomas Reese | June 15, 2015
Featured on Justice & Peace, Integrity of Creation  | June 16, 2015

SUMMARY:
WE CAN EXPECT:

1.    The encyclical will accept the scientific consensus that global warming is happening and that it is due to human activity.
2.    The encyclical will embrace the environmental movement without endorsing every position it has taken.
3.    The encyclical will insist that environmental issues are not simply political and economic issues. They are moral issues.
4.    The encyclical will bring a theological lens to the environmental debate.
5.    The encyclical will insist that the burden of climate change or of attempts to deal with climate change should not be borne solely by the poor.

WE CANNOT EXPECT:
1.    There will be few policy recommendations.
2.    We should not expect miracles from the encyclical.