Laudato Si 101: The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis

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

Chapter three addresses “The Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis” and covers numbered sections 101 through 136–about five weeks of blogging.

101. It would hardly be helpful to describe symptoms without acknowledging the human origins of the ecological crisis. A certain way of understanding human life and activity has gone awry, to the serious detriment of the world around us. Should we not pause and consider this? At this stage, I propose that we focus on the dominant technocratic paradigm and the place of human beings and of human action in the world.

In those five weeks, we can consider if Pope Francis has properly diagnosed the world situation. Themes to be covered include technology, globalization, and a human-centered ethic. These are not separate concerns; they often overlap.

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