Encyclical Letter Of The Holy Father On Care For Our Common Home

A must read by anyone who cares, coming from a religious leader, this is a game-changer…time will tell whether this is falling unnoticed or has any real impact, I do hope and dream it will.

Just these words coming from a Pope give me hope:

This has made it easy to accept the idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology. It is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth’s goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry beyond every limit. It is the false notion that “an infinite quantity of energy and resources are available, that it is possible to renew them quickly, and that the negative effects of the exploitation of the natural order can be easily absorbed”

And then:

It needs to be said that, generally speaking, there is little in the way of clear awareness of problems which especially affect the excluded. Yet they are the majority of the planet’s population, billions of people. These days, they are mentioned in international political and economic discussions, but one often has the impression that their problems are brought up as an afterthought, a question which gets added almost out of duty or in a tangential way, if not treated merely as collateral damage. Indeed, when all is said and done, they frequently remain at the bottom of the pile. This is due partly to the fact that many professionals, opinion makers, communications media and centres of power, being located in affluent urban areas, are far removed from the poor, with little direct contact with their problems. They live and reason from the comfortable position of a high level of development and a quality of life well beyond the reach of the majority of the world’s population. This lack of physical contact and encounter, encouraged at times by the disintegration of our cities, can lead to a numbing of conscience and to tendentious analyses which neglect parts of reality. At times this attitude exists side by side with a “green” rhetoric. Today, however, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

This extract made me think deeper on overpopulation:

To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues. It is an attempt to legitimize the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized, since the planet could not even contain the waste products of such consumption. “

No matter your religious attachment (or detachment), it is interesting to read…and as a comment said, it seems as if Pope Francis has been following the same blogs, articles and books many of us had.

Here is the full document:

Encyclical Letter Of The Holy Father On Care For Our Common Home.

5 thoughts on “Encyclical Letter Of The Holy Father On Care For Our Common Home

  1. Hi Silvia. I haven’t been blogging much lately, although this evening I was looking around a bit, and read a few articles about Pope Francis’ encylical, but in none of them did I find a link to his actual text. Thanks for giving it here and I will read through it. Hope you are well and please keep up your good work. Bruce

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    1. Hi Bruce! Missing you and your thoughtful and beautiful posts! (all those wonderful pictures…)
      I’ve been slow with posting too: summer came early this year with the temperatures and the drought so I’ve been busy with the gardens and many projects around home and beyond.
      No much time to read or write, but lots to live 🙂

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      1. 🙂 This is good… to smell the roses, so to speak. Since I commented I’ve been reading the encyclical. Even though I was brought up Catholic, I never read a full encyclical before… more a bit of analysis of encyclicals. This one I will read in it’s fullness, alhough I hadn’t realized how long and thoroug it is. I think it may take a few days to take it all in. Thanks again. Enjoy the gardening and your work, and even the rain we have been receiving the past few days. Peace and goodwill to you … Bruce

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