The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Today we begin our examination of Chapter Two, The Gospel of Creation. We’ll take a bit more than a month to cover paragraphs 62 through 100.
As the chapter leads out, Pope Francis hopes for a conversation both “intense” and “fruitful.”
62. Why should this document, addressed to all people of good will, include a chapter dealing with the convictions of believers? I am well aware that in the areas of politics and philosophy there are those who firmly reject the idea of a Creator, or consider it irrelevant, and consequently dismiss as irrational the rich contribution which religions can make towards an integral ecology and the full development of humanity. Others view religions simply as a subculture to be tolerated. Nonetheless, science and religion, with their distinctive approaches to understanding reality, can enter into an intense dialogue fruitful for both.