Laudato Si 63: The Light Offered By Faith

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website.

A practical thought from the Holy Father: the planetwide situation is so grave and complex that every perspective helps.

63. Given the complexity of the ecological crisis and its multiple causes, we need to realize that the solutions will not emerge from just one way of interpreting and transforming reality.

A significant blending of culture is offered here–the arts and the interior perspective of human beings:

Respect must also be shown for the various cultural riches of different peoples, their art and poetry, their interior life and spirituality.

The challenge in this is the human indulgence for tunnel vision, that the only perspective that is trusted is one’s own. For some, it’s not anti-religion as much as pro-reason, and only reason.

It’s good to recall the Church has a good track record with science:

If we are truly concerned to develop an ecology capable of remedying the damage we have done, no branch of the sciences and no form of wisdom can be left out, and that includes religion and the language particular to it. The Catholic Church is open to dialogue with philosophical thought; this has enabled her to produce various syntheses between faith and reason. The development of the Church’s social teaching represents such a synthesis with regard to social issues; this teaching is called to be enriched by taking up new challenges.

…  not to mention our recent emphasis on social issues. It makes for good possibilities within the intellectual sphere.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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