Laudato Si

Catholic Climate Covenant. Care for Creation. Care for the Poor. an organization based in Washington DC, whose membership include, to name a few: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development & Migration and Refugee Services •  Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities • Catholic Charities USA • Franciscan Action Network, has put together a document which highlights eleven elements of Laudato Si or Praised Be, Pope Francis' encyclical letter on ecology.  Here are two of those elements from the document:

Reality of the Problem and Necessity to Act

Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions.  We require a new and universal solidarity. (14)

Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience. (217)


It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment.  Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. (217) 

 Your Action Matters

Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home. (13)  


Young people demand change.  They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.   (13)  


Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening in the world into our own personal suffering and thus discover what each of us can do about it. (19)

 
Reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility, above all on the part of those countries which are more powerful and pollute the most. (169)

 
Truly, much can be done! (180)

 
A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal. (202)

To learn about what you can do to make your actions matter visit: CatholicClimateCovenant.org

 

 

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