Laudato Si 207: Earth Charter

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

207. The Earth Charter asked us to leave behind a period of self-destruction and make a new start, but we have not as yet developed a universal awareness needed to achieve this. Here, I would echo that courageous challenge: “As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning… Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life”.[Earth Charter, The Hague (29 June 2000)]

Webpage here. Are we prepared to be a great generation? If not, why not?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to Laudato Si 207: Earth Charter

  1. Liam says:

    Is there ever such a thing as a global generation? Even national ones are rarely univocal.

    It’s easier – though not necessarily better – when they have a monarch as an actual sovereign. One much-overlooked aspect of Catholic teaching (not merely social) is how often it still relies on the historical artifact of monarchical sovereignty. (The Church adjusted it slightly for aristocratic-mercantile republics – think Venice & Genoa – but not too much.)

    Modern representative democracy allow more voices to be heard, but also drowns out or mutes others, and is usually structured in a way that makes it hard to connect the links in the moral theology chain between citizens and decision-makers, and decision-making is multilateral and bureacratically diffuse.

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