Encyclical Letter Laudato Si' (Praise be to You)
Pope Francis

An encyclical in which the Pope addresses problems which have resulted from human activity, and therefore come under moral analysis regarding our obligation to our fellow man, especially the poor, and our responsibilities as “stewards” of the Earth, “our common home.”

Many of the concerns are undisputed, such as pollution through industrial or agricultural activity, deforestation, loss of habitat, etc., with their accompanying impact on all human beings, especially the poor. Others, such as "climate change," are more controversial. While the Holy Father adopts the consensus position of scientists as a basis of consideration and prudential action, in keeping with Catholic teaching on the relation between disciplines such as theology, philosophy and science, he leaves the empirical debate to the scientists themselves.

Finally, there is a “Franciscan flavor” to the Pontiff’s encyclical, due to his choice of papal name, the role of “Il Poverello” (The Little Poor Man) of Assisi as patron saint of ecology, and his drawing on Franciscan theology, with its Incarnational approach. This approach is centered on the Word as “first-born” of creation, through whom all things were made, and through whom all things will be restored and returned to the Father. See Col. 1 and Eph. 1 for the Pauline theology upon which this Franciscan approach, both Trinitarian and Christological, is based. (CBD)


 

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ENCYCLICAL LETTER

LAUDATO SI’

OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

LAUDATO SI’, MI’ SIGNORE [1-2]
Nothing in this world is indifferent to us [3-6] United by the same concern [7-9]
Saint Francis of Assisi [10-12]
My appeal [13-16]

CHAPTER ONE - WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR COMMON HOME [17-61]
I. POLLUTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE [20-26] Pollution, waste and the throwaway culture [20-22] Climate as a common good [23-26]
II. THE ISSUE OF WATER [27-31]
III. LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY [32-42]
IV. DECLINE IN THE QUALITY OF HUMAN LIFE AND THE BREAKDOWN OF SOCIETY [43-47]
V. GLOBAL INEQUALITY [48-52]
VI. WEAK RESPONSES [53-59]
VII. A VARIETY OF OPINIONS [60-61]

CHAPTER TWO - THE GOSPEL OF CREATION [62-100]
I. THE LIGHT OFFERED BY FAITH [63-64]
II. THE WISDOM OF THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNTS [65-75] III. THE MYSTERY OF THE UNIVERSE [76-83]
IV. THE MESSAGE OF EACH CREATURE
IN THE HARMONY OF CREATION [84-88] V. A UNIVERSAL COMMUNION [89-92]
VI. THE COMMON DESTINATION OF GOODS [93-95]
VII. THE GAZE OF JESUS [96-100]

CHAPTER THREE - THE HUMAN ROOTS OF THE ECOLOGICAL CRISIS [101-136]
I. TECHNOLOGY: CREATIVITY AND POWER [102-105]
II. THE GLOBALIZATION OF THE TECHNOCRATIC PARADIGM [106-114]
III. THE CRISIS AND EFFECTS OF MODERN ANTHROPOCENTRISM [115-136] Practical relativism [122-123]
The need to protect employment [124-129]
New biological technologies [130-136]

CHAPTER FOUR - INTEGRAL ECOLOGY [137-162]
I. ENVIRONMENTAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ECOLOGY [138-142] II. CULTURAL ECOLOGY [143-146]
III. ECOLOGY OF DAILY LIFE [147-155]
IV. THE PRINCIPLE OF THE COMMON GOOD [156-158] V. JUSTICE BETWEEN THE GENERATIONS [159-162]

CHAPTER FIVE - LINES OF APPROACH AND ACTION [163-201]
I. DIALOGUE ON THE ENVIRONMENT
IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY [164-175]
II. DIALOGUE FOR NEW NATIONAL AND LOCAL POLICIES [176-181] III. DIALOGUE AND TRANSPARENCY IN DECISION-MAKING [182-188]
IV. POLITICS AND ECONOMY IN DIALOGUE FOR HUMAN FULFILMENT [189-198]
V. RELIGIONS IN DIALOGUE WITH SCIENCE [199-201]

CHAPTER SIX - ECOLOGICAL EDUCATION AND SPIRITUALITY [202-246]
I. TOWARDS A NEW LIFESTYLE [203-208]
II. EDUCATING FOR THE COVENANT BETWEEN HUMANITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT [209-215]
III. ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION [216-221] IV. JOY AND PEACE [222-227]
V. CIVIC AND POLITICAL LOVE [228-232]
VI. SACRAMENTAL SIGNS AND THE CELEBRATION OF REST [233-237]
VII. THE TRINITY AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CREATURES [238-240] VIII. QUEEN OF ALL CREATION [241-242]
IX. BEYOND THE SUN [243-246]

 

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