Laudato Si’: The Earth and the Poor Cry Out Against the Technocratic Paradigm

Excerpts from the Encyclical Laudato Si' of Pope Francis for the Summer Embertide readings. Painting "On Earth as it is in Heaven" used with permission from A. Vonn Hartung. Summary: We cannot fight 'environmental degradation' unless we also address 'human and social degradation' (§ 48). The elites of the world, who sometimes use 'green rhetoric', have … Continue reading Laudato Si’: The Earth and the Poor Cry Out Against the Technocratic Paradigm

Laudato Si’: Scripture Calls for an Ecological Conversion

Excerpts from the Encyclical Laudato Si' of Pope Francis. Summary: The Book of Genesis teaches that human life is not 'adrift in hopeless chaos,' but that God's plan includes humanity (§ 65). Human life is grounded in three fundamental relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself; originally in harmony, these relationships were … Continue reading Laudato Si’: Scripture Calls for an Ecological Conversion

Laudato Si’: The Climate is a Common Good

Excerpts from the Encyclical Laudato Si' of Pope Francis. Summary: The earth, our home, is beginning to look 'like an immense pile of filth' (§ 21) due to our 'throwaway culture' of non-renewable resources and immoderate consumption (§ 22). This has caused global warming, which damages the common good of our climate (§ 23). Therefore, we … Continue reading Laudato Si’: The Climate is a Common Good

The Papal Condemnation of Capitalism

In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Magisterium restates the Church’s condemnation of capitalism:  She has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of "capitalism," individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor... regulating [the economy] solely by the law of the marketplace fails social justice, for "there … Continue reading The Papal Condemnation of Capitalism

The Catechism on Creation

Two excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, respectively on the visible world and on respect for the integrity of creation. THE VISIBLE WORLD 337 God himself created the visible world in all its richness, diversity and order. Scripture presents the work of the Creator symbolically as a succession of six days of divine … Continue reading The Catechism on Creation

Gaudium et Spes: By the Grace of God, We Can Build A Better World

An excerpt from the pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world from the Second Vatican Council. Summary: God entered into His creation and offers the Holy Spirit and the Eucharist to transform and purify us, so that the effort to establish peace, justice, and universal brotherhood is not a hopeless one (§ 38). … Continue reading Gaudium et Spes: By the Grace of God, We Can Build A Better World

Gaudium et Spes: Science Must Be Purified By Faith

An excerpt from the pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world from the Second Vatican Council. Summary: Genuine science will never conflict with faith, but it must have reference to its Creator (§ 36). Without the purifying light of Christ, scientific progress will be transformed into an instrument of sin, even to the … Continue reading Gaudium et Spes: Science Must Be Purified By Faith

Gaudium et Spes: Human Progress Must Honor and Glorify God

An excerpt from the pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world from the Second Vatican Council. Summary: New technologies have drastically changed society, but what is the meaning and value of this feverish activity? (§ 33) We must glorify God in cultivating His creation, which includes the modern triumphs of human progress (§ … Continue reading Gaudium et Spes: Human Progress Must Honor and Glorify God