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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I invite you to look around at the new things which surround us and in which we find ourselves… (Saint John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 1991) Taken from "Catholic Social Teaching 101"
Solidarity and Subsidiarity are key components of our Faith, having the potential to place the laity on the path to discovering our supernatural destiny. Taken from " What are Solidarity’s and Subsidiarity’s Practical Value?"
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“The State which would provide everything, absorbing everything into itself, would ultimately become a mere bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person—every person—needs: namely, loving personal concern.” (DCE, 28) Taken from "

What does Catholic Social Teaching say about a “Welfare State”?
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