In The Canticle of the Sun, St. Francis proclaims the basic holiness and unity of all creation. In Chapter 4 of Laudato Si’, Integral Theology, Pope Francis reminds us that, “Human ecology is inseparable from the notion of the common good” (#156), which “calls for…particular concern for distributive justice.” (#157)
In Chapter 5, Lines of Approach and Action, the Pope develops one of his core insights: The current ecological and social crisis results from our nearly idolatrous admiration for, and acceptance of, the “technocratic paradigm.” This all-encompassing “world view” exalts man’s scientific mastery, total control, and domination over the world. Moreover, this paradigm influences and shapes the economic areas of production, consumption, and lifestyle.
These three areas work together to foster a desire for “instant gratification” (#160), leading to “the accumulation of constant novelties” (#113) and a “throwaway culture”. (#20) Aided by an unquestioning belief in growth at all costs, the net result is a trashing (literally) of the earth and a trashing (figuratively) of the poor.
Recognizing “the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption” (#23), as well as in the underlying paradigm, the Pope fearlessly states, “There needs to be a distinctive way of looking at things, a way of thinking, policies, an educational program, a lifestyle, and a spirituality which together generate a resistance to the ascent of the technocratic paradigm.” (#111)
Although there was sizeable backlash accusing the Pope of favoring “socialism”, in reality, he does not do this. He states quite clearly: “Here I would state once more that the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics.” (#188)
CATHOLIC WHEEL OF FORTUNE: Who said?
“The large rooms of which you are so proud are in fact your shame…The poor man cries before your house, and you pay no attention. There is your brother, naked, crying! and you stand confused over the choice of an attractive floor covering.”
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