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En Español - Papa Francisco publicará una Encíclica sobre el Medio Ambiente el jueves, 18 de junio

Resources for Laudato Si', Pope Francis' Encyclical on Environment

Publish date: Monday, June 15, 2015

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Why an encyclical on ecology?

Originally published on BishopKevinFarrell.org

Much has been written and broadcast by the media concerning Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology (Laudato SiBlessed are You). Since there are likely to be many spins on the document by various individuals and groups, I think it is important to present some points to help Catholics and others keep the encyclical in perspective.

Pope Francis is speaking as a pastor addressing a moral issue, restating a long held Catholic teaching on care for God’s creation and how it affects the health and very lives of people, particularly the poor and vulnerable. The encyclical is a pastoral document not a political statement.

Issues concerning ecology are both immediate and long term. The quality of life of millions of people is already being diminished as the result of the present state of the world’s ecology. Future generations will suffer even more if the situation is not addressed promptly.

“Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will,” the Holy Father told a General Audience in May, “or, even less, is it the property of only a few. Creation is a gift. It is a wonderful gift that God has given us so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.”

It is the obligation of the Church to speak prophetically to the halls of power when it perceives an imminent threat to ecology and its impact on countless numbers of people. That is the purpose of the upcoming encyclical of Pope Francis.

“Whoever has ears, ought to hear.” (Matt. 11:15)

 

VIDEO: Seven questions about the ecology encyclical you were afraid to ask

From RomeReports.com: When Pope Francis announced that his upcoming encyclical would focus on ecology, it immediately became one of the most talked about stories in the world. Not a word has been published, yet the encyclical has already received praise and criticism. Here are answers to some key questions about the encyclical.

 

 

Resources on Catholic teaching on the Environment

Celebrate and honor God's gift of creation and the Church's teaching on the environment with the following new resources from the USCCB:

Pope Francis Themes on Ecology
Pope Francis is likely to speak about something called "integral ecology." This idea tells us that the way we relate with one another and how we relate to the environment are intimately connected. Integral ecology means that "natural ecology"—the environment, our natural resources, the precious gift of Creation—is decidedly linked to "human ecology"—how we respect life, treat one another, regard the poor, structure our economic decisions and policy, mold and shape our society.

Quotes from Church Teaching on Ecology

Caring for God's Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action
In parishes, diocese and other Catholic organizations, we encourage efforts to bring about discussion on issues affecting the environment (climate change, consumption, pollution, stewardship of the land) that is civil and constructive, that invokes the virtue of prudence in seeking solutions, and that is more responsive to the needs of the poor, both here in the United States and abroad.

Below are individual resources from Caring for God's Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action

Catholic Climate Covenant
The Catholic Climate Covenant is the Catholic Church's voice on climate change, bringing Catholic people and institutions together to care for the people God loves and to live justly on God's Earth. Check out their new website!

Catholicism and the Challenge of Ecology
Ahead of the publication of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, experts reflect on the history and significance of the church's role in promoting the stewardship of creation. (Catholic News Service video)

Primer on Care for Creation and  Pastoral Aids and Homily Helps for Catholic Social Teaching: Care for Creation/Stewardship.

Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration

Friending Planet Earth. Catholic Youth Climate Change Program

Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good
The bishops seek to contribute to a national dialogue on climate change by applying the wisdom of Catholic social teaching. The bishops also urge prudent action now on climate change to mitigate its effects on the poor and vulnerable. Read their statement.

Background on Global Climate Change
February 2015

Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship
Reflection by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, October 20, 2014

Parish resources from the Archdiocese of Washington

 

 


Español

Papa Francisco publicará una Encíclica sobre el Medio Ambiente el jueves, 18 de junio

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¿Porque una encíclica sobre ecología?

Originally published on BishopKevinFarrell.org

Se ha escrito y transmitido abundantemente en los medios de comunicación acerca de la próxima encíclica del Papa Francisco sobre ecología (“Laudato Si, sobre el cuidado de la casa común”). Debido a que es probable que haya muchos giros en el documento por varios individuos y grupos, creo que resulta importante presentar algunos puntos para ayudar a Católicos y a otros a tener la encíclica en perspectiva.

Reafirmando una larga tradición de enseñanza Católica en referencia al cuidado de la creación de Dios, el Papa Francisco, como pastor, está abordando una cuestión moral, explicando como ésta afecta la salud y la misma vida de las personas, particularmente la de los pobres y vulnerables. La encíclica es un documento pastoral no una declaración política.

Las cuestiones relacionadas a la ecología son a corto y largo plazo. La calidad de vida de millones de personas es disminuida como resultado del estado actual de la ecología mundial y las generaciones futuras sufrirán aún más si la situación no es abordada con prontitud.

“La creación no es una propiedad, de la cual podemos disponer a nuestro gusto,” expresó el Santo Padre en una Audiencia en mayo del año pasado, “ni, mucho menos, es una propiedad de sólo unos pocos: la creación es un don, es un don maravilloso que Dios nos ha dado para que cuidemos de ella y la utilicemos en beneficio de todos, siempre con gran respeto y gratitud.”

La Iglesia tiene la obligación de llevar su voz profética a las instituciones de poder cuando percibe una amenaza inminente a la ecología y su impacto a un número incontable de personas. Ese es el propósito de la próxima encíclica del Papa Francisco.

“¡El que tenga oídos, que oiga!” (Mt 11,15)

 

Recursos acerca de la enseñanza Católica sobre el Medio Ambiente

Celebre y honre el don de Dios de la creación y las enseñanzas de la Iglesia acerca del medio ambiente con los siguientes nuevos recursos de la Conferencia Episcopal (USCCB):

Temas acerca de la Ecología del Papa Francisco

Es probable que el Papa Francisco nos hable de algo llamado "ecología integral." Esta idea nos dice que la forma en que nos relacionamos con otros y con el medio ambiente está íntimamente conectada. Ecología integral significa que la "ecología natural" — el medio ambiente, nuestros recursos naturales, el precioso don de la Creación — decididamente está vinculada a la "ecología humana" — cómo se respeta la vida, como se tratan los seres humanos entre si, como se relacionan con los pobres, como se estructuran nuestras decisiones económicas y políticas, molde de la estructura y forma de nuestra sociedad.

Citas de la Doctrina de la Iglesia sobre la Ecología

Cuidando la Creación de Dios: Recursos para la Liturgia, la Predicación y Actuar (en inglés)

En parroquias, diócesis y otras organizaciones Católicas, exhortamos a que se realicen esfuerzos para propiciar la discusión sobre cuestiones que afectan el medio ambiente (cambio climático, consumo, contaminación, cuidado de la tierra) que es civil y constructivo, que invoca la virtud de la prudencia en la búsqueda de soluciones, y que es más sensible a las necesidades de los pobres, tanto aquí en los Estados Unidos como en el extranjero.