Vincent Miller has a brief piece locating Pope Francis’s forthcoming encyclical squarely within the tradition of Leo XIII, John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II.
Pope Francis’s letter on the environment, is thus not at all unusual. It will continue the well-established project inaugurated by Leo XIII’s 124 years ago. Our place in creation is not a topic the church can allow to be reduced to the cramped utilitarian logic of modern technical and economic perspectives.
I also loved the quote from JP2: “The Church is an expert in humanity.”
I think efforts like this on topics such as labor, peace, economics, and ecology give lay Catholics in the world the proper backing to meld our scientific and practical training with sound morality, if not theology. And if the powers-that-be find that disconcerting, maybe it’s time for them to look within before they are left behind like dinosaurs.