[138] BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate (29 June 2009), 50: AAS 101 (2009), 686. 113. Here I would reiterate that “God has joined us so closely to the world around us that we can feel the desertification of the soil almost as a physical ailment, and the extinction of a species as a painful disfigurement”.[67]. There is an interrelation between ecosystems and between the various spheres of social interaction, demonstrating yet again that “the whole is greater than the part”.[115]. With Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore (Praise be to you, My Lord), Pope Francis has given us a compelling, new kind of social encyclical on Care for our Common Home – the Earth. He must therefore respect the natural and moral structure with which he has been endowed”. In this way, they make their own that trinitarian dynamism which God imprinted in them when they were created. What will it accomplish? Cultural limitations in different eras often affected the perception of these ethical and spiritual treasures, yet by constantly returning to their sources, religions will be better equipped to respond to today’s needs. A Christian prayer in union with creation. [41] Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2416. For them, land is not a commodity but rather a gift from God and from their ancestors who rest there, a sacred space with which they need to interact if they are to maintain their identity and values. Worldwide there is minimal access to clean and renewable energy. [106] Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2417. It is liberation from fear, greed and compulsion”. Praise be to you! Once we lose our humility, and become enthralled with the possibility of limitless mastery over everything, we inevitably end up harming society and the environment. They need to be encouraged to be ever open to God’s grace and to draw constantly from their deepest convictions about love, justice and peace. The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity. They suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself. But we also need the personal qualities of self-control and willingness to learn from one another. An adequate understanding of spirituality consists in filling out what we mean by peace, which is much more than the absence of war. Since the world has been given to us, we can no longer view reality in a purely utilitarian way, in which efficiency and productivity are entirely geared to our individual benefit. Respect must also be shown for the various cultural riches of different peoples, their art and poetry, their interior life and spirituality. 179. Our difficulty in taking up this challenge seriously has much to do with an ethical and cultural decline which has accompanied the deterioration of the environment. In fact, the deterioration of the environment and of society affects the most vulnerable people on the planet: “Both everyday experience and scientific research show that the gravest effects of all attacks on the environment are suffered by the poorest”. International negotiations cannot make significant progress due to positions taken by countries which place their national interests above the global common good. Given the interrelationship between living space and human behaviour, those who design buildings, neighbourhoods, public spaces and cities, ought to draw on the various disciplines which help us to understand people’s thought processes, symbolic language and ways of acting. Because the enforcement of laws is at times inadequate due to corruption, public pressure has to be exerted in order to bring about decisive political action. We have certain superficial mechanisms, but we cannot claim to have a sound ethics, a culture and spirituality genuinely capable of setting limits and teaching clear-minded self-restraint. Because even when it is celebrated on the humble altar of a country church, the Eucharist is always in some way celebrated on the altar of the world”. The establishment of a legal framework which can set clear boundaries and ensure the protection of ecosystems has become indispensable; otherwise, the new power structures based on the techno-economic paradigm may overwhelm not only our politics but also freedom and justice. 136. 111. In the first creation account in the Book of Genesis, God’s plan includes creating humanity. [55] CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, SOCIAL AFFAIRS COMMISSION, Pastoral Letter You Love All that Exists… All Things are Yours, God, Lover of Life” (4 October 2003), 1. [89] At the same time, we have “a sort of ‘superdevelopment’ of a wasteful and consumerist kind which forms an unacceptable contrast with the ongoing situations of dehumanizing deprivation”,[90] while we are all too slow in developing economic institutions and social initiatives which can give the poor regular access to basic resources. [118] PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE, Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 482. 10. DECLINE IN THE QUALITY OF HUMAN LIFE AND THE BREAKDOWN OF SOCIETY. Ecology, then, also involves protecting the cultural treasures of humanity in the broadest sense. Thus we forget that “time is greater than space”,[130] that we are always more effective when we generate processes rather than holding on to positions of power. So we cannot fail to consider the effects on people’s lives of environmental deterioration, current models of development and the throwaway culture. 236. Linguee. 103. 85. We were created with a vocation to work. 154. It is foreseeable that, once certain resources have been depleted, the scene will be set for new wars, albeit under the guise of noble claims. “Laudato sì”.. non “mi Signore” ma… Madre Terra… Pubblicato 27 maggio 2020 27 maggio 2020 da cronicasdepapafrancisco “Si costituì allora un esercito di popolo, i “cristeros”, i quali combattevano al grido di “Viva Cristo Re! That moment of blessing, however brief, reminds us of our dependence on God for life; it strengthens our feeling of gratitude for the gifts of creation; it acknowledges those who by their labours provide us with these goods; and it reaffirms our solidarity with those in greatest need. The God who created the universe out of nothing can also intervene in this world and overcome every form of evil. [51] THOMAS AQUINAS, Summa Theologiae, I, q. 82. That is why it is no longer enough to speak only of the integrity of ecosystems. The effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by our decisive action, here and now. [45] Consequently, we can ascend from created things “to the greatness of God and to his loving mercy”.[46]. EDUCATING FOR THE COVENANT BETWEEN HUMANITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. Agriculture in poorer regions can be improved through investment in rural infrastructures, a better organization of local or national markets, systems of irrigation, and the development of techniques of sustainable agriculture. In assessing the environmental impact of any project, concern is usually shown for its effects on soil, water and air, yet few careful studies are made of its impact on biodiversity, as if the loss of species or animals and plant groups were of little importance. If present trends continue, this century may well witness extraordinary climate change and an unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequences for all of us. There is also the fact that people no longer seem to believe in a happy future; they no longer have blind trust in a better tomorrow based on the present state of the world and our technical abilities. Catechesis (17 January 2001), 4: Insegnamenti 41/1 (2001), 179. 168. We know how important these are for the entire earth and for the future of humanity. Creation is of the order of love. Beginning in the middle of the last century and overcoming many difficulties, there has been a growing conviction that our planet is a homeland and that humanity is one people living in a common home. Warming has effects on the carbon cycle. He communed with all creation, even preaching to the flowers, inviting them “to praise the Lord, just as if they were endowed with reason”. This shows us the immense dignity of each person, “who is not just something, but someone. An appeal against the judgment of the Third Chamber of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities of 15 June 2005 in Case T-7/04 between Shaker di L. Laudato & C. Sas and the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market was brought before the Court of Justice of the European Communities on 15 September 2005 by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market, represented by O. Montalto and M. Capostagno, acting as Agents, the other party to the proceedings being Limiñana y Botella, SL. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. It is the conviction that “less is more”. This leads us to direct our gaze to the end of time, when the Son will deliver all things to the Father, so that “God may be everything to every one” (1 Cor 15:28). This precautionary principle makes it possible to protect those who are most vulnerable and whose ability to defend their interests and to assemble incontrovertible evidence is limited. 54. Nevertheless, self-improvement on the part of individuals will not by itself remedy the extremely complex situation facing our world today. This is what consumer movements accomplish by boycotting certain products. [167] Thus, the Eucharist is also a source of light and motivation for our concerns for the environment, directing us to be stewards of all creation. For longer texts, use the world's best online translator! 22. The developed countries ought to help pay this debt by significantly limiting their consumption of non-renewable energy and by assisting poorer countries to support policies and programmes of sustainable development. A correct relationship with the created world demands that we not weaken this social dimension of openness to others, much less the transcendent dimension of our openness to the “Thou” of God. I will then attempt to get to the roots of the present situation, so as to consider not only its symptoms but also its deepest causes. We need only recall how ecosystems interact in dispersing carbon dioxide, purifying water, controlling illnesses and epidemics, forming soil, breaking down waste, and in many other ways which we overlook or simply do not know about. 50. We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. The ultimate destiny of the universe is in the fullness of God, which has already been attained by the risen Christ, the measure of the maturity of all things. Although each chapter will have its own subject and specific approach, it will also take up and re-examine important questions previously dealt with. These situations have caused sister earth, along with all the abandoned of our world, to cry out, pleading that we take another course. Our lack of response to these tragedies involving our brothers and sisters points to the loss of that sense of responsibility for our fellow men and women upon which all civil society is founded. Laudato si', mi Signore, per quelli che perdonano per lo Tuo amore. [63] Catechism of the Catholic Church, 340. 172. [47] ID., Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate (29 June 2009), 51: AAS 101 (2009), 687. As the bishops of Bolivia have stated, “the countries which have benefited from a high degree of industrialization, at the cost of enormous emissions of greenhouse gases, have a greater responsibility for providing a solution to the problems they have caused”.[127]. In this sense, it is essential to show special care for indigenous communities and their cultural traditions. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted. Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it. [53] In this horizon we can set the contribution of Fr Teilhard de Chardin; cf. The work of dominating the world calls for a union of skills and a unity of achievement that can only grow from quite a different attitude”. It was a matter of receiving what nature itself allowed, as if from its own hand. all the costs of the proceedings before the Court of First Instance and the Court of Justice. The financial crisis of 2007-08 provided an opportunity to develop a new economy, more attentive to ethical principles, and new ways of regulating speculative financial practices and virtual wealth. In talking with his disciples, Jesus would invite them to recognize the paternal relationship God has with all his creatures. In the present condition of global society, where injustices abound and growing numbers of people are deprived of basic human rights and considered expendable, the principle of the common good immediately becomes, logically and inevitably, a summons to solidarity and a preferential option for the poorest of our brothers and sisters. Einklärung der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz zu Fragen der Umwelt und der Energieversorgung, (1980), II, 2. 222. The feeling of asphyxiation brought on by densely populated residential areas is countered if close and warm relationships develop, if communities are created, if the limitations of the environment are compensated for in the interior of each person who feels held within a network of solidarity and belonging. I ask all believers to return to this beautiful and meaningful custom. [94] Cf. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever. In many places, following the introduction of these crops, productive land is concentrated in the hands of a few owners due to “the progressive disappearance of small producers, who, as a consequence of the loss of the exploited lands, are obliged to withdraw from direct production”. This is the basis of our conviction that, as part of the universe, called into being by one Father, all of us are linked by unseen bonds and together form a kind of universal family, a sublime communion which fills us with a sacred, affectionate and humble respect. 53. This is a major issue for human ecology. Highways, new plantations, the fencing-off of certain areas, the damming of water sources, and similar developments, crowd out natural habitats and, at times, break them up in such a way that animal populations can no longer migrate or roam freely. “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. How can we not feel gratitude and appreciation for this progress, especially in the fields of medicine, engineering and communications? [74] Consequently, he maintained, “it is not in accord with God’s plan that this gift be used in such a way that its benefits favour only a few”. Frequently, when certain species are exploited commercially, little attention is paid to studying their reproductive patterns in order to prevent their depletion and the consequent imbalance of the ecosystem. A wholesome social life can light up a seemingly undesirable environment. 221. If an artist cannot be stopped from using his or her creativity, neither should those who possess particular gifts for the advancement of science and technology be prevented from using their God-given talents for the service of others. “Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” (2) Continuing the sessions at a seminar where we are considering how Christians across various denominations might respond to the encyclical of Pope Francis Alternatives exist which at least lessen the impact of these projects, like the creation of biological corridors, but few countries demonstrate such concern and foresight. That is why it is possible to love our enemies. Such sobriety, when lived freely and consciously, is liberating. Oceans not only contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply, but also most of the immense variety of living creatures, many of them still unknown to us and threatened for various reasons. Underlying the principle of the common good is respect for the human person as such, endowed with basic and inalienable rights ordered to his or her integral development. It may well disturb us to learn of the extinction of mammals or birds, since they are more visible. [135] Message for the 2010 World Day of Peace, 9: AAS 102 (2010), 46. New processes taking shape cannot always fit into frameworks imported from outside; they need to be based in the local culture itself. In nature, however, this process is slow and cannot be compared to the fast pace induced by contemporary technological advances, even when the latter build upon several centuries of scientific progress. From the beginning of the world, but particularly through the incarnation, the mystery of Christ is at work in a hidden manner in the natural world as a whole, without thereby impinging on its autonomy. Frequently no measures are taken until after people’s health has been irreversibly affected. 93. 48. We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone. [97], 121. 1 Cor 13:12), and be able to read with admiration and happiness the mystery of the universe, which with us will share in unending plenitude. May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope. LAUDATO SII, O MIO SIGNORE. 134. It follows that, in the reality of today’s global society, it is essential that “we continue to prioritize the goal of access to steady employment for everyone”,[103] no matter the limited interests of business and dubious economic reasoning. 158. Man must therefore respect the particular goodness of every creature, to avoid any disordered use of things”.[43]. 129. Indeed, when all is said and done, they frequently remain at the bottom of the pile. One particularly serious problem is the quality of water available to the poor. A person who could afford to spend and consume more but regularly uses less heating and wears warmer clothes, shows the kind of convictions and attitudes which help to protect the environment. [31] UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS, Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good (15 June 2001). There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. 127. Finance overwhelms the real economy. An awareness of the gravity of today’s cultural and ecological crisis must be translated into new habits. NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE BISHOPS OF BRAZIL, A Igreja e a Questão Ecológica, 1992, 53-54. In response to electoral interests, governments are reluctant to upset the public with measures which could affect the level of consumption or create risks for foreign investment. Consequently, “when we contemplate with wonder the universe in all its grandeur and beauty, we must praise the whole Trinity”.[169]. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek “to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it”. 218. Disinterested concern for others, and the rejection of every form of self-centeredness and self-absorption, are essential if we truly wish to care for our brothers and sisters and for the natural environment. Now, by contrast, we are the ones to lay our hands on things, attempting to extract everything possible from them while frequently ignoring or forgetting the reality in front of us. This way of experiencing work makes us more protective and respectful of the environment; it imbues our relationship to the world with a healthy sobriety. 205. 26. 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