Laudato Si 155: Into Morality

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Remember when Pope Benedict addressed a legislative body?

155. Human ecology also implies another profound reality: the relationship between human life and the moral law, which is inscribed in our nature and is necessary for the creation of a more dignified environment. Pope Benedict XVI spoke of an “ecology of man”, based on the fact that “man too has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at will”.[Address to the German Bundestag, Berlin (22 September 2011): AAS103 (2011), 668]

Taking off from that point, a good summation on “Ecology in Daily Life” from Pope Francis, touching on gender issues:

It is enough to recognize that our body itself establishes us in a direct relationship with the environment and with other living beings. The acceptance of our bodies as God’s gift is vital for welcoming and accepting the entire world as a gift from the Father and our common home, whereas thinking that we enjoy absolute power over our own bodies turns, often subtly, into thinking that we enjoy absolute power over creation. Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology. Also, valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek “to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it”.[Catechesis (15 April 2015): L’Osservatore Romano, 16 April 2015, p. 8]

Are you in agreement? If not, how not so?

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