Laudato Si 60: A Variety of Options

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Today and tomorrow, we’ll wrap up Chapter One which addressed the matter of “What is happening to our common home?” Section VII gives a “variety of options.”

60. Finally, we need to acknowledge that different approaches and lines of thought have emerged regarding this situation and its possible solutions.

On one hand, it’s all good …

At one extreme, we find those who doggedly uphold the myth of progress and tell us that ecological problems will solve themselves simply with the application of new technology and without any need for ethical considerations or deep change.

On the other, human beings are the enemy:

At the other extreme are those who view men and women and all their interventions as no more than a threat, jeopardizing the global ecosystem, and consequently the presence of human beings on the planet should be reduced and all forms of intervention prohibited. Viable future scenarios will have to be generated between these extremes, since there is no one path to a solution. This makes a variety of proposals possible, all capable of entering into dialogue with a view to developing comprehensive solutions.

Inevitably, people will have to engage in meaningful dialogue.

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