Contemporary Issue: Human Environment


Development

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

Charity
Charity is a theological virtue. It applies to all and involves engaging, directly, those around us who are in need. CST, which is a branch of Catholic Moral Theology, contains a set of principles to be used to form our conscience as we impact on the social structures around us. Taken from "Catholic Social Teaching, Social Justice, and Charity"
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"We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need." (DCE,28) Taken from "Benedict's Thoughts on the Role of the State - from Deus Caritas Est"
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"To destroy such structures and replace them with more authentic forms of living in community is a task which demands courage and patience." (CA,38) Taken from "Saint John Paul's thoughts on the Human Environment - from Centesimus Annus"

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