Laudato Si 201: A Greater Dialogue

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. If science and religion can talk, what about religions amongst each other?” Let’s read:

201. The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers. This should spur religions to dialogue among themselves for the sake of protecting nature, defending the poor, and building networks of respect and fraternity.

There are different cultural barriers afoot when it comes to sciences speaking with one another. Mainly, the great specialization in knowledge–a phenomenon unknown in centuries past.

Dialogue among the various sciences is likewise needed, since each can tend to become enclosed in its own language, while specialization leads to a certain isolation and the absolutization of its own field of knowledge. This prevents us from confronting environmental problems effectively. An open and respectful dialogue is also needed between the various ecological movements, among which ideological conflicts are not infrequently encountered. The gravity of the ecological crisis demands that we all look to the common good, embarking on a path of dialogue which requires patience, self-discipline and generosity, always keeping in mind that “realities are greater than ideas”.[Evangelii Gaudium 231]

Pope Francis cites his own writing as we conclude Chapter V. Any comments from you readers for this bright new year?

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