"[I]t is no longer enough to speak only of the integrity of ecosystems. We have to dare to speak of the integrity of human life, of the need to promote and unify all the great values. Once we lose our humility, and become enthralled with the possibility of limitless mastery over everything, we inevitably end up harming society and the environment."
—Pope Francis, On Care for Our Common Home
Addressed not only to Catholics but to "every person living on this planet," Pope Francis’ second encyclical is a challenging call for a "bold cultural revolution" in how we think about technological progress and economic growth. The degradation of our environment, he says, is a symptom of deeper problems: rapid change, unsustainable overconsumption, indifference to the poor, and the decay of social values. He offers a variety of solutions, including a change in lifestyles away from "extreme consumerism" and towards a greater sense of social responsibility. For Christians, an "ecological spirituality"—one that is grounded in the convictions of our faith—is not "an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience."
Drawing on the rich social teachings of the Church, Laudato Si' is a groundbreaking document that will be discussed and studied by both believers and non-believers for years to come.
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