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?

ANSWER Answer_arrow


Can One Separate Issues of Life and The Environment?

ANSWER Answer_arrow

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

ANSWER Answer_arrow

How Do We Begin to Fix Our Human Environment?

ANSWER Answer_arrow


Related Encyclicals

Centesimus Annus

Related Thoughts on Human Environment

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?"
by:
Capplogowebsite_2014-2
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. Taken from "Holy See Secretary of Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Address to the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly"
H_politics
"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"

Related Speakers / Panelists / Authors on: Human Environment

Latest Episode

Sign up for news, courses and events tailored to your interests. Watch Online

Voice your Opinion!
Send us a note!
Network & Learn
Just a Thought
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