Laudato Si 135: Bringing Together Various Competencies

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

135. Certainly, these issues require constant attention and a concern for their ethical implications. A broad, responsible scientific and social debate needs to take place, one capable of considering all the available information and of calling things by their name.

… as opposed to calling names. But the state of the times makes it difficult to make headway on some significant problem. Too bad; because a lot of different people with various competencies are needed to solve the issues.

It sometimes happens that complete information is not put on the table; a selection is made on the basis of particular interests, be they politico-economic or ideological. This makes it difficult to reach a balanced and prudent judgment on different questions, one which takes into account all the pertinent variables. Discussions are needed in which all those directly or indirectly affected (farmers, consumers, civil authorities, scientists, seed producers, people living near fumigated fields, and others) can make known their problems and concerns, and have access to adequate and reliable information in order to make decisions for the common good, present and future. This is a complex environmental issue; it calls for a comprehensive approach which would require, at the very least, greater efforts to finance various lines of independent, interdisciplinary research capable of shedding new light on the problem.

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