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Laudato Si

is a formal message addressed to all the church and to people everywhere

It carries the highest status of all papal communications that of an Encyclical.

It addresses issues of our care for our common home - "the Earth"

and presents them from the perspective of the Christian faith. 

Key Points:

1) The discussion on the environment has a spiritual dimension.

  • The language of faith enters the discussion—clearly, decisively and systematically.

  • The teachings of predecessors are catalogued

  • Invites believers into the dialogue and provides fresh insights for those already involved.

2) The poor are disproportionately affected by climate change.

  • Many examples of the effects of climate change, whose “worse impacts” are felt by those living in the developing countries

  • Gospels, Catholic social teaching and statements of recent popes critique the exclusion of anyone from the benefits of the goods of creation.

3) Less is more.

  • Market forces cannot be allowed free rein without considering their impact

  • All technological, scientific or industrial advances require consideration of their impact both on environment and on human beings

  • Some areas must accept decreased growth to permit other places to experience healthy growth”

  • Christian spirituality offers a growth marked by “moderation and the capacity to be happy with little”:in contrast with the consumerist mindset

4) Catholic social teaching now includes teaching on the environment.

  • From capital and labour(1891) to today’s the idea of the “common good”

  • Synergy of the church’s theology with the findings of experts in a variety of fields, to reflect on modern-day problems.

5) Discussions about ecology can be grounded in the Bible and church tradition.

  • The Gospel of Creation” called to “till and keep” the earth.

  • Too much tilling and not enough keeping. A biblical review

  • Dual approach to non believers and believers to care for nature and the environment.

6) Everything is connectedincluding the economy.

  • “We are part of nature, included in it, and thus in constant interaction with it” whatever market mechanism we use.

  • Decisions, particularly about production and consumption, have an inevitable effect on the environment.

  • A heedless pursuit of money that sets aside the interests of the marginalized and leads to the ruination of the planet are not unconnected. “Profit cannot be the sole criterion” of our decisions.

7) Scientific research on the environment is to be        praised and used.

  • Accepts the “best scientific research available today”

  • The rain forests, glaciers and aquifers are known to be important for the equilibrium of the earth. Study change and especially its effect on the poor.

8) Widespread indifference and selfishness worsen
environmental problems.

  • Strongest criticism for the wealthy who ignore the problem of climate.

  • Selfishness also leads to the evaporation of the notion of the common good.

  • Need an “urban ecology.”

9) Global dialogue and solidarity are needed.

  • Insights of some eleven bishops’ conferences.

  • Need dialogue and global debate with “all people” about our “common home” because there are “no uniform recipes.”

10) A change of heart is required

  • In the face an urgent crisis, since God is with us, we can strive both individually and corporately to change course in a “bold cultural revolution”

  • We can awaken our hearts and move towards an “ecological conversion” in which we see the intimate connection between God and all beings, and more readily listen to the “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”

The document was published on 24 May 2015, the feast of Pentecost,

and has raised considerable interest both within and outside the catholic church,

both favourable and critical.