18 Jun Ten Early Things about the Pope’s Encyclical on Creation That Caught My Eye Today
2. George Weigel: That Trinitarian and Biblical understanding of How Things Came to Be underwrites Pope Francis’s critique of the diminished and distorted forms of human self-understanding that are inadequate to the task of facilitating our participation in God’s ongoing creativity. Prominent among these is the ancient, Promethean temptation to displace the divinely created order — which takes its modern form in the tendency of 21st-century science and technology to bracket questions of right and wrong, “ought” and “ought not,” in order to concentrate on issues of technique and technology. Technique and technology are not problems in themselves. The problem comes when they fill humanity’s intellectual horizon and moral imagination to the exclusion of all other considerations. For then everything tends to get instrumentalized, including human relationships and the human relationship to the natural world — and when everything is instrumentalized, everything is also brutalized.
3. Austen Ivereigh: Laudato Si’ is Pope Francis’s signature document. It expresses his soul. If Evangelii Gaudium was his call to the Church to recover its mission, Laudato Si’is a letter to the whole of humanity, addressed not just to all people of goodwill but to all members of the globe. It is a call to conversion of minds, hearts, and lifestyles. It is urgent, compelling, and direct. It will be impossible to ignore. 4. Pope Francis’s new encyclical is about climate change — and much more. 5. Our Sunday Visitor’s editorial: “Pope Francis is prophetically calling on us to engage the world and understand our God-given bond with our fellow men and women and all creation”