Contemporary Issue: Human Environment


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Pope Benedict XVI firmly and extensively continued and buildt on Saint John Paul the Great's introduction of Ecology and Environmentalism into Catholic Social Teaching. And like his predecessor, he anchors this with a call for an "ecology of the human person". 



While specifics include urban planning and the “social ecology” of work, what Catholic Social Teaching identifies as the more serious destruction of our human environment really transcends these specifics and involves issues of the social structure in which we live. These structures can either help or hinder our living in accordance with the truth and it is here that CST begins to integrate issues of life.



Indeed, CST points out the

"serious destruction of the human environment, something which is by no means receiving the attention it deserves." (CA, 38)

What is Human Ecology?

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Can One Separate Issues of Life and The Environment?

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Why is the Church So Concerned with These “Environmental Issues"?

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How Do We Begin to Fix Our Human Environment?

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Related Encyclicals

Centesimus Annus

Related Thoughts on Human Environment

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"We must participate in politics because politics is one of the highest forms of charity because it seeks the common good. And Christian lay people must work in politics." (Address to the Students of the Jesuit Schools of Italy and Albania, 7 June 2013) Taken from "Francis' Thoughts on Politics "
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Solidarity helps us transcend cultural, political, social and geographic boundaries to embrace the other as thyself. Indeed, Solidarity is Radical (But not in a Political or Ideological Sense). The principle of solidarity is truly radical. Taken from "Solidarity Flows From Faith!"
There are three fundamental principles of CST, the greatest of which the Church insists is the first: A correct understanding of the human person, which is Human Dignity: this is the prime principle! Taken from "More Thought on the Fundamental Principles of CST"

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Putting people always first means protecting, at every stage and in every circumstance, the dignity of the person, and its human rights and fundamental freedoms, and in a specific way, the rights to life and to freedom of religion from which all other rights flow and which are therefore the common foundation of the pillars of peace and security and integral human development. Read more