Laudato Si 146: Land Is Not A Commodity

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Let’s wrap up the Holy Father’s theme of “cultural ecology.”

146. In this sense, it is essential to show special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions. They are not merely one minority among others, but should be the principal dialogue partners, especially when large projects affecting their land are proposed. For them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift from God and from their ancestors who rest there, a sacred space with which they need to interact if they are to maintain their identity and values. When they remain on their land, they themselves care for it best. Nevertheless, in various parts of the world, pressure is being put on them to abandon their homelands to make room for agricultural or mining projects which are undertaken without regard for the degradation of nature and culture.

It’s not just a matter of buying out indigenous persons.

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