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The Pope’s Climate Change Message is Really About Rethinking What it Means to be Human
What makes the new encyclical truly radical — in the sense of going to the root — is the pope’s reading of the profound human crisis that he sees underlying our modern world.
Francis and the Greens
In his new encyclical, it seems the Pope making use of the standing and authority (in the eyes of global elites and others) of a left-wing or radical environmentalist agenda to advance a deeply traditional Catholic vision of the human good.
Strong Medicine: The World Needs to Hear the Message of Laudato Si’
The Pope’s forceful, and in many ways radical, critique of our modern world is not built upon a particular reading of the scientific literature, but upon the Church’s understanding of the gift of creation and the place of man within creation.
A Sign of Contradiction
To read “Laudato Si’” through the anthropologically flimsy lens of today’s policy debates—however important or urgent—is to miss the true foundations upon which Pope Francis grounds his call to defend creation.
5 Things About Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment the Media Probably Won’t Tell You
On both the form and the substance, Francis represents a continuity with papal teaching, not a break.
The Pope’s Encyclical, at Heart, Is About Us, Not Trees and Snail Darters
More than just a treatise on climate change, the pope’s encyclical is a call to a more integral, indeed more humanistic, ecology.
The Pontifical Spin Cycle
The non-stop brouhaha over the pope’s impending “environmental” encyclical — the pre-spin that has one camp exultant and another in darkest despair — seems quite out of proportion to what we actually know, ahead of time, about the Catholic Church, environmental issues, and the encyclical-to-come.