Laudato Si 16: Eight Themes

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. In this section, Pope Francis offers eight themes which he will address throughout this document.

16. Although each chapter will have its own subject and specific approach, it will also take up and re-examine important questions previously dealt with. This is particularly the case with a number of themes which will reappear as the Encyclical unfolds. As examples, I will point to

  • the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet,
  • the conviction that everything in the world is connected,
  • the critique of new paradigms and forms of power derived from technology,
  • the call to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress, the value proper to each creature,
  • the human meaning of ecology,
  • the need for forthright and honest debate,
  • the serious responsibility of international and local policy,
  • the throwaway culture and the proposal of a new lifestyle.

These questions will not be dealt with once and for all, but reframed and enriched again and again.

Careful readers of Pope Francis will recognize familiar themes. The first and last strike me as frequently visited by the Holy Father. Perhaps you recall others. Comments?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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