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.
63. Given the complexity of the ecological
crisis and its multiple causes, we need to realize
that the solutions will not emerge from just
one way of interpreting and transforming reality.
Respect must also be shown for the various
cultural riches of different peoples, their art and
poetry, their interior life and spirituality. If we
are truly concerned to develop an ecology capable
of remedying the damage we have done, no
branch of the sciences and no form of wisdom
can be left out, and that includes religion and the
language particular to it. The Catholic Church is
open to dialogue with philosophical thought; this
has enabled her to produce various syntheses between
faith and reason. The development of the
Church’s social teaching represents such a synthesis
with regard to social issues; this teaching is
called to be enriched by taking up new challenges.
64. Furthermore, although this Encyclical welcomes
dialogue with everyone so that together
we can seek paths of liberation, I would like
from the outset to show how faith convictions
can offer Christians, and some other believers as
well, ample motivation to care for nature and for
the most vulnerable of their brothers and sisters.
If the simple fact of being human moves people
to care for the environment of which they are a
part, Christians in their turn “realize that their
responsibility within creation, and their duty towards
nature and the Creator, are an essential
part of their faith”.36 It is good for humanity and
the world at large when we believers better recognize
the ecological commitments which stem
from our convictions.