I have begun to publish sections and segments of the Popes letter on OUR network of blogs as well as on Linkedin & Quora & Newsvine and will add my comments over time. Pappa francescos 180 page letter is much less about religion than it is about nature and the planet earth. He proposes some fairly radical yet simple and understandable solutions for humankind. It is way past time to start paying attention to what we are all doing or allowing others to do.
163. So far I have attempted to take stock of
our present situation, pointing to the cracks in
the planet that we inhabit as well as to the profoundly
human causes of environmental degradation.
Although the contemplation of this reality
in itself has already shown the need for a
change of direction and other courses of action,
now we shall try to outline the major paths of
dialogue which can help us escape the spiral of
self-destruction which currently engulfs us.