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Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home

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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,843 ratings  ·  370 reviews
In his second encyclical Pope Francis draws all Christians into a dialogue with every person on the planet about our common home. We as human beings are united by the concern for our planet, and every living thing that dwells on it, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. Pope Francis letter joins the body of the Church's social and moral teaching, draws on the best sc ...more
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Published July 18th 2015 by Our Sunday Visitor
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Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate this well-written moral argument for why society cannot be in a state of existence distinct from and above the natural environment. ...more
Our goal become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.

The American press, secular and Catholic, somewhat whitewashed Francis’ famous letter (“encyclical” in church lingo) now celebrating its fifth anniversary of publication. Conceptually, the letter surprised and impressed me. It offers an integral, holistic way of thinking about ecology and human suffering. It hangs together as
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Public theology, in this work of Pope Francis, is overtly collaborative. His footnotes are as likely to refer not only to Catholic tradition (especially Francis and Bonaventure) and to previous popes' writings, but to the public statements of regional and national bishops' conferences. I've heard it shrewdly suggested that Francis is giving himself political cover by letting his brother bishops make many of his more controversial points for him, but the effect is less the scholar or politician c ...more
Karin Gastreich
Despite media claims to the contrary, Laudato si’ is not really about global climate change. Pope Francis does mention climate change along with many other maladies affecting our planet, but his true message runs deeper than a single environmental challenge or the politics that plague it.

Pope Francis's encyclical addresses the moral dimensions of human activity in the context of a living Earth. He urges us to remember our compassion for each other and for the planet on which we depend. He invite
Sarah Myers
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Authentic human development has a moral character. It presumes full respect for the human person, but it must also be concerned for the world around us."
David Schwan
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting book. Most of the attention on this book right now is about climate change and the Pope declaring it is real, caused by humans and needs to be dealt with. The discussion about climate change is only a small part of this book. Treating the earth with dignity and treating the poor with dignity are really the main themes. Selfish greed is bad. while not calling out particular companies I can't help but think that both Monsanto with its stranglehold over seeds and Nestle with it's wat ...more
Thom Willis
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Funny how stirred up so many people got over this encyclical. The Pope is teaching an ecology in radical departure from standard western Liberal orthodoxy. It is a theological ecology; it is a social ecology. It is not anthropocentric, it is not “Green” ideology. The weird thing is that it is not anything truly new, that is to say, anything in departure from Catholic tradition.

I wonder how much of an effect it will have. I doubt liberals who love paying lipservice to "green" ideology will step u
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lots to think (and smile) about.
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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On the eve of the climate summit of Paris it seemed interesting to me to read this church document. Pope Francis clearly read the basics: he outlines the latest, scientific status of global warming and launches a whole series of warnings and guidelines: man must see the Earth as a garden that has been granted to him, and of which he should take care in respect for nature, the other creatures and the next generations.

Based on the many citations he uses of his predecessors, I can see that the Cat
David Withun
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read a few papal encyclicals through the years, but none were as inspiring to me as this one. Francis is an easy and engaging writer. Benedict to craft intricate theological statements. And John Paul paradoxically combined the writing talents of a poet and playwright with the sometimes obscure philosophical speculations of a phenomenologist. Francis' writing is both clearer and more engaging to a wider readership.

And what he writes is challenging and inspiring. In many ways, there is nothin
Encyclical; On Climate Change & Inequality: On Care for Our Common Home by Pope Francis

His Holiness gives priority to "our interconnectedness and mutual responsibility toward one another, as well as toward our common Earthly home" (viii). "He is asking us to reject the creed of market fundamentalism and to recognize that the system has levers. Individual, institutions, and governments are all making choices, as we have the capacity to make different ones" (xxiv).

In this Encyclical is the herita
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very refreshing how critical the pope is of (neoliberal) capitalism. He doesn't even mince words, repeatedly decrying the privatization of public spaces and resources and the social decay engendered by privileging the market.

I consider this encyclical a landmark work on degrowth--which triggers not only right-wingers, but many a naïve liberal. Glad to know and be reassured that even though the Catholic Church is still largely conservative and patriarchal, its leadership is very much open to the
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Laudato Si's Chapter 2 "The Gospel of Creation" is really a short treatise considering the basis of sacred scripture and God-inspired words from the Bible to help us better understand our role in our world.

One of the things I love about Pope Francis is his immediate and forthright approach that there is no reason why "religion" cannot be a part of this conversation about preserving the environment, and not just on the basis of taking care of our fellow man, though that is there as well. There is
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, advocating an "integral ecology" that links care for the creation with care for the poor, the quality of life in our cities, and a way of life emphasizing spiritual rather than material priorities.

Encyclicals are circular letters from the Pope to the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church addressing important matters of church teaching. The title of the encyclical is taken from the first two words of the encyclical in Latin. This encyclical, "o
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith, nonfiction, 2015
(Note on the text: all encyclicals are available on the Vatican website for free. I downloaded the PDF and transferred it to my kindle.)

This letter is addressed to all people, regardless of their political persuasions and spiritual beliefs, but it's sad that most of the people who will read this encyclical are already members of the Catholic, "liberal" choir.

The crux of Francis' argument is the care for the other creatures of the world, especially (but not solely) people. His argument is based
J.T. Therrien
I understand that the Church (and especially Pope Francis, taking his name from St. Francis) has to make a formal statement about the Church's social doctrine and this is the optimum time to say something about the pastoral care of our planet and its varied cultures and denizens, but I question the efficacy of disseminating this message in an encyclical.

First of all, Laudato Si' could use an edit. It is at least twice as long as it needs to be. I found it repetitive and tedious.

Also, the Pope's
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep. Not what I was expecting. Excellent explanation of the correlation between current ecological problems and poverty. I need to re-read this!
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This was my first Encyclical and I found it a strange genre. This read as a professor's masterful summary of a Christian view of our current ecological crisis, with mature and interesting insights from the department heads from theology, spirituality, sociology, economics, and science. The result is a committee-written position paper for no discernible audience. Quoting other popes and other church luminaries, the author at times seems to be instructing Catholics but at other times, world leader ...more
Susan Eberhardt
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Makes one think about relationship with our planet and our use and abuse of it. Interesting view on economy, especially thinking about a different take on economy, not just growth and gain at the expense of the planet and of people. Of course there is a linking between Christianity and responsibility to care for the gifts God has given us, but non-Christians would benefit from hearing the message of this pope as well.
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This papal document was courageous, challenging and quite current. I really appreciated its accessibility. Addressed to all people about an issue concerning all people, it did not get bogged down in ecclesial language or rely solely on Scripture and moral theology. Rather it drew on the biological, social, political and earth sciences.
David Mosley
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Most of this letter is a sort of green progressive common sense infused with Christian teaching. To do so it needed to cover all the bases in a straightforward diplomatic way. And it does this well. There's something greater than the parts here, though. I was struck by the idea of pollution as a sort of poverty in itself matched with human poverty as the reduction of people to pollution. And the danger of a technocratic solution to environmental degradation and poverty that treats the poor as so ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A document this extensive yet easy to read, written by one of the most important [religious] people alive, is what we need to make the case for decisive action against climate change. Policy- and science-based writings can falter when it comes to describing the necessity to care for the poor and foster communal action and attitude, but not writing by a religious leader.

I'd recommend reading this even if you're not Catholic or a fan of Catholicism or the Church. There are some bits here and ther
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since Pope Francis released this first environmental encyclical in 2015 I've been meaning to read through it in its entirety (can't say I've ever put another papal encyclical on my reading list). Incidentally, in the wake of ghastly forest fires in Australia that destroyed our recent vacation destination, Kangaroo Island, reading Laudato Si' provided needed comfort and validation from my faith tradition of the powerful obligation I feel to protect our common home.

I'm guilty now of hiding f
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a little over three months since Pope Francis released his encyclical Laudato si'. People have read it and misread it; interpreted it and misinterpreted it, but it has been anything but ignored. A big reason for this is because of the "Francis effect," which is surprisingly still going fairly strong. The liberal media still are trying to convince us that he is going to "bring the Church into the 21st Century" with women priests and accepting same-sex unions. To that I say, "Never goi ...more
Harry Allagree
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All people in our world are fortunate to have a man like Pope Francis as a fellow citizen. He was elected three years ago to a position of immense power, primarily spiritual, but also global. From the beginning he has shown us a rare transparency as a public leader: a simplicity & honesty which demonstrate that he is genuinely a person of the global community, sharing equality with the highest born as well as with the most poverty stricken.

One sees this throughout his latest encyclical "On Care
Camille McCarthy
An amazing book, well-written and with beautiful but direct language. Pope Francis approaches the environmental issues of today from the perspective of a wise leader who sees that these problems do not stem from lack of science and technology but from a problem with the way we view ourselves and nature, and an emptiness that many of us feel because we are not properly connected to community and each other. He criticizes the technocratic ideology as being narrow-minded and as seeing nature and h ...more
Andrew Doohan
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The long-anticipated environmental encyclical from Pope Francis makes for wonderful and confronting reading, challenging contemporary society to change the way it approaches human life on the planet.

It should be said at the outset that the encyclical is not just about the environment. Francis is at pains, repeating it several times throughout the document, to point out that everything is connected, that caring for the planet also means caring for our brothers and sisters, and for ourselves. This
Tee Minn
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You want a holistic look at how to be fully caring for Mother Earth, Pope Francis gives us much guidance. I love how caring for each other, especially the poor, is part of our need to sustain the world and its differences. Each paragraph is numbered for easy reference. You can download the PDF from the web.

Here are some tips:
1. Believe in a happy future, a better tomorrow. Slow down, recover values and the true meaning of life. Putting the brakes on unrestrained delusions of grandeur is not a c
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