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

Cmalogo
A bishop’s document from 1993 states: “Every person has a right to adequate health care.” Note the language is "adequate" - not "basic."   It continues, "This right flows from the sanctity of life and the dignity that belongs to all human persons, who are made in the image of God.” Health care is more than a commodity; It’s not simply a possession, it is a basic human right, thereby drawing from Pacem in Terris. Taken from "What is Basic Health Care? (Audio)"
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The Catholic Social Doctrine has its place where faith and politics meet. The Church’s aim is to not replace the State, but to simply help purify reason and to contribute, here and now, to the acknowledgment and attainment of what is just. Taken from "Adult Faith Formation in Catholic Social Teachings"
We must go from here with a sense of urgency, in haste.  The going out: that is the greatest task of all.  This conference, much like the Church, is not a place that we “come to.”  It is a place we “go from.” Taken from "A Time to Gather, A Time to Reflect: Poverty and Developmnt Conference Summary"

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