Laudato Si 200: Science in Support of Human Harmony

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

200. Any technical solution which science claims to offer will be powerless to solve the serious problems of our world if humanity loses its compass, if we lose sight of the great motivations which make it possible for us to live in harmony, to make sacrifices and to treat others well.

Can science support and augment such efforts to harmony? The end is the more fulfilling human existence. Science plus discernment is a magnificent tool to achieve this.

Believers themselves must constantly feel challenged to live in a way consonant with their faith and not to contradict it by their actions. They need to be encouraged to be ever open to God’s grace and to draw constantly from their deepest convictions about love, justice and peace. If a mistaken understanding of our own principles has at times led us to justify mistreating nature, to exercise tyranny over creation, to engage in war, injustice and acts of violence, we believers should acknowledge that by so doing we were not faithful to the treasures of wisdom which we have been called to protect and preserve. Cultural limitations in different eras often affected the perception of these ethical and spiritual treasures, yet by constantly returning to their sources, religions will be better equipped to respond to today’s needs.

Last post of the year on this topic: what do you think?

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