Archbishop Philip Tartaglia welcomes publication of Pope Francis Encyclical Laudato Si on care for our common home.
Commenting on the publication today (18 June) of the Pope s Encyclical letter, Archbishop Tartaglia said;
"I welcome Pope Francis wide-ranging instruction, Laudato Si (Praise Be) on the care of God s creation as a timely and profound response to what is increasingly seen as an immensely pressing concern and unavoidable moral imperative to care justly and effectively for our natural environment which is shared by human beings and by all the creatures of the earth.
Pope Francis proposes a much-needed vision of an integral ecology which is able to articulate the fundamental relationships of the person: with God, with one s self, with other human beings, and with the creation. In this vision, the Pope is able to address such key environmental themes as pollution and climate change, the loss of biodiversity, global inequality and the decline in the quality of human life.
Pope Francis puts our moral responsibility for the creation at the centre of our religious duties: For human beings ¦to destroy the biological diversity ¦.by causing changes in its climate; ¦to contaminate the earth s waters, its land, its air, and its life “ these are sins . From now on, our examination of conscience needs to include these things too.
And the Pope calls for a global ecological conversion which will change attitudes and policies and action with regard to the the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet, with regard to the inter-connectedness of everything in the world, with regard to technology and economics and progress. The Pope wants a forthright and honest debate, not just on individual environmental policies, but on an integral ecology for human flourishing and for the protection of the earth.
Based firmly on the Catholic tradition, and relying upon insights from other religions, from philosophy and not least from the best of environmental science, the Pope s encyclical is a major step forward in confronting the confronting the serious perils of environmental decline with an ecological vision which is capable of restoring harmony to our relationship with creation, with nature and with the earth, as well as influencing concrete environmental policies.
Pope Francis encyclical, Laudato Si , is capable of really changing minds and hearts and lifestyles. I encourage everyone to pray over it, read it, ponder it, discuss it and put it into practice. It could “ literally “ help to save the world.
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Note to Editors:
1. Archbishop Tartaglia is the Archbishop of Glasgow and President of the Bishops Conference of Scotland2. The full text of the Encyclical can be found here: