Mary Evelyn Tucker, from the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology provides an excellent assessment of this encyclical – “On Care For Our Common Home.” As a blog, it is a bit long, but well worth reading. Lynne
Climate Change Brings Moral Change
By Mary Evelyn Tucker
Pope Francis is clearly one of the most popular people on the planet at present. With his love for the poor, his willingness to embrace the outcaste, and his genuine humility he has captured the hearts of millions - Christian and non-Christian alike. He has inspired minds as well by his willingness to take on difficult issues such as ecology, economy, and equity, which he sees as inextricably linked. Indeed, these three interwoven issues are at the heart of his Papal encyclical released this week. An encyclical is a letter to the Bishops and all Church members. It is the highest level of teaching in the Catholic Church and this is the first encyclical on the environment in the history of the Church.
First, he addresses ecology.