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On Care For Our Common Home

June 27, 2015 | By | No Comments

On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released an encyclical on ecology entitled, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.”

I have carefully reviewed the full text and the official summary, as well as many video interviews and stories.  I am personally deeply inspired and moved by the Pope’s message and ask my friends and colleagues and all people of goodwill, with an open heart and mind, to evaluate this scientific and spiritual “oeuvre” or body of work.  While I have already been called to work on social and environmental justice, this beautiful message has motivated me further and to act more swiftly.

Below I’ve curated a short list of some of the more substantive links, videos, and interviews from among the many I’ve viewed.  The full text link is at the bottom.

A useful introduction or map to the near 200 page document:  Laudato si’, A Map

A summary of the key points and passages for Bishops:   Summary for Bishops – EN

A video interview produced in Canada that brings a calm and caring analysis.  The interview section comes first and is 40 minutes long before another 20 minute documentary style section.

A video of the televised National Press Club briefing by the U.S. Conference of Bishops.  I recommend watching the first two prepared statements by USCCB President Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, KY and Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl who talk about Pope Francis’ new encyclical and its impact on Catholics and the people of the world.  The entire briefing runs 54 minutes.  The key content begins with Archbishop Kurtz at 2:50 and the joyful comments by Cardinal Wueri begin at 10:34 through 25:16.

A 19 minute video of the scientific briefing given by Prof. Schellnhuber at the Conference of Presentation of the Encyclical Laudato si’ in Rome.  It’s an excellent summary of current scientific consensus, although at times a bit hard to follow, but worth paying close attention.

And finally, a link to the full text of the Encyclical.

In deep appreciation for this guidance and leadership, Bob.