Posts Tagged ‘encyclical’

Pope Francis’ new papal encyclical could be derailed by its seemingly sexist title

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

I can see the headlines now: “Papal encyclical condemned as sexist.” Groan! Last month, Italian Bishop Domenico Pompili revealed that Pope Francis is preparing a new papal encyclical — the third of his papacy and his first in five years — to focus on the economic, environmental and spiritual change that is necessary to address Read more

Cardinal says just war theory encyclical a possibility

Friday, April 29th, 2016

The head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has said that a papal encyclical addressing the question of just war theory is possible. Cardinal Peter Turkson said proposals to drop the concept of just war were “legitimate”. He called for a “broad and deeply felt” debate on the question of just war theory. Read more

Cardinal: Laudato Si’ comparable to Rerum Novarum

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

An Italian cardinal has said Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ is comparable to Leo XIII’s groundbreaking social encyclical Rerum Novarum. In a front page article in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti wrote that in 1891, Pope Leo “turned the maternal gaze of the Church” to the labour question. This was during the transition away from Read more

Cardinal Pell questions science behind Laudato Si’

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Cardinal George Pell has seemingly criticised Pope Francis’s most recent encyclical, arguing that the Church has “no particular expertise in science”. In an interview with the Financial Times, the cardinal appeared to distance himself from the science behind some of the statements in Laudato Si’. In the document, released last month, Francis called for global Read more

Critics of Pope’s encyclical are like children

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The unvarnished truths of the Gospel, compellingly written and lovingly interpreted, make Laudato Si’ an unforgettable document. I began reading it, fascinated as to what Pope Francis would make of the science and politics of climate change. I continued simply overwhelmed by the direct evangelical call to action, personal and collective. The encyclical is no Read more

Glossary of terminology used in Laudato Si’

Friday, June 26th, 2015

In his brief pontificate, Pope Francis has coined some colourful terms to get his points across, for example, using “bat Christians” to describe those who hide their faith. While the new phrases he uses in his ecology encyclical are not as punchy, they succinctly help illustrate his points that care for the environment is a Read more

Pope restructured encyclical to enhance accessibility

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Pope Francis deliberately restructured his environment encyclical Laudato Si’ in order to make it accessible to everyone. Italian Bishop Mario Tosi, formerly secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said the Pope changed the structure of the document from its first draft. The initial version had a long introduction of a theological, liturgical, Read more

To save the environment, try ending abortion

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Everybody is talking about the Pope’s new environmental encyclical, even though there isn’t much that’s unusual about it. In fact, it’s a document so perfectly in line with usual Catholic teaching that the most illuminating piece of commentary on it I could find was perhaps this 2009 column by The New York Times’ Ross Douthat Read more

Key quotations from Laudato Si’

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

On the run? Don’t have time to read Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ 200-page encyclical on the care for the Earth? Here are some of the key quotes from the document: Introduction We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we Read more

Making a difference: the green encyclical has arrived!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

It’s courageous, it’s prophetic, it’s challenging, it’s holistic, it’s wonderful: That’s what I think of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” Quoting his patron saint, Francis of Assisi – who is also the patron saint of ecology – Pope Francis begins his papal letter with a beautiful verse from Read more