Laudato Si 172: Third World Priorities

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. People fret about the widening gap between the 1% and the rest of the First World. The problem has long contributed to unrest, greed, and immorality among upper classes in the Third World:

172. For poor countries, the priorities must be to eliminate extreme poverty and to promote the social development of their people. At the same time, they need to acknowledge the scandalous level of consumption in some privileged sectors of their population and to combat corruption more effectively. They are likewise bound to develop less polluting forms of energy production, but to do so they require the help of countries which have experienced great growth at the cost of the ongoing pollution of the planet. Taking advantage of abundant solar energy will require the establishment of mechanisms and subsidies which allow developing countries access to technology transfer, technical assistance and financial resources, but in a way which respects their concrete situations, since “the compatibility of [infrastructures] with the context for which they have been designed is not always adequately assessed”.[Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Energy, Justice and Peace, IV, 1, Vatican City (2014), 53] The costs of this would be low, compared to the risks of climate change. In any event, these are primarily ethical decisions, rooted in solidarity between all peoples.

Do you agree with the calling out of people to behave more ethically?

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