Care for Our Common Home: Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si
Monday, September 23, 2019 – Monday, September 30, 2019
Repeats every Monday
Monday, September 23, 2019 and Monday, September 30, 2019
The encyclical, Laudato Si’, by Pope Francis has far exceeded the expectations of almost everyone - believer, atheist, scientist, humanist, wealthy, poor and so on. The very first words, “Laudato Si’, mi’ Signore” (Praise be to you, my Lord), set the tone for all that follows, in that, recalling the famous canticle of St. Francis of Assisi, they invite everyone to approach the gift of “Sister, Mother Earth” with a sense of gratitude and affection. The encyclical reaches far beyond the Roman Catholic Church. It may very well provoke one of the most important dialogues between science and religion since the days of Charles Darwin.
The encyclical is not doctrinal as such, although it is based on church doctrine. But it is a call to action. It is based upon solid scientific analysis of all the data currently available on the earth's ecology and, in particular, on climate change. This talk will emphasize the scientific evidence which supports the Pope’s call to action.