Diocesan committee “Laudato Si”

Published : 2022-01-05 a 00h00 | Category : Diocese

Laudato Si’ – Praise Be to You – Encyclical Letter of the Holy Father Francis on Care for our Common Home. This encyclical letter was published in 2015

Pope Francis 2015 encyclical to all humanity

Pope Francis 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ affirms our interconnectedness to one other and to all living things, and our responsibility to care for our common Earthly home.  Papal ecnyclicals communicate to the faithful about some aspect of Catholic teaching but in this case Pope Francis is speaking to all humanity when he says that some of our earth damaging behaviors are not only morally wrong, but also practically wrong, leading to a broken world.  He exhorts us to all work together to fix it.

You are invited to click here, to view a video titled Laudato Si’ +5, prepared by Mr. Kevin Moynihan. 

Popes and the environment

Is Pope Francis the first Pope to speak to the church on the environment? Definitely not.  In 1971 Blessed Pope Paul VI referred to the ecological concerns as a tragic consequence of unchecked human activity. He spoke in similar terms to the Food and Agriculture Organization at the United Nations.  Saint John Paul II became increasingly concerned about this issue. He called for a global ecological conversion. Pope Benedict XVI asked us to recognize that the natural environment has been gravely damaged by our irresponsible behavior.  We should trust the teachings of four different popes over the last 50 years.

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Popes and the environment

Is Pope Francis the first Pope to speak to the church on the environment? Definitely not.  In 1971 Blessed Pope Paul VI referred to the ecological concerns as a tragic consequence of unchecked human activity. He spoke in similar terms to the Food and Agriculture Organization at the United Nations.  Saint John Paul II became increasingly concerned about this issue. He called for a global ecological conversion. Pope Benedict XVI asked us to recognize that the natural environment has been gravely damaged by our irresponsible behavior.  We should trust the teachings of four different popes over the last 50 years.

You are invited to click here to view the first episode of "Understanding Laudato Si," by Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM. He introduces viewers to the three models or approaches to creation that have arisen over the course of Christian history. These different ways of interpreting sacred scripture and theology will help set the context for how we can approach and understand Pope Francis's teaching in his encyclical letter.

 

Patriarch Bartholomew, Greek Orthodox Church

In last week’s bulletin, we looked at the Popes who have spoken and written about the environment. In addition, numerous scientists, theologians, and other groups have addressed the issue. Also, other churches and religions have expressed deep concerns on environmental issues. Patriarch Bartholomew of the Greek Orthodox church has spoken of the need for each of us to repent of the ways we have harmed the planet.  He challenges us to acknowledge our sins against creation and to look for solutions not only in technology but in a change of humanity.

You are invited to  click here to view the second episode of "Understanding Laudato Si," by Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM.