From: Catholic News Agency Date: June 23, 2015 Author: Matt Hadro and Adelaide Mena
The vision behind Pope Francis' newest encyclical is one that offers a holistic proposal of stewardship rooted in faith, offering a lens through which to view the environment, said several Catholic theologians and ecologists.
"I think what he is telling Catholics in the center of this encyclical is 'you've got all the resources to show a better way to care for creation than any environmentalist has, and you have to make that contribution'," said Dr. Chad Pecknold, professor of historical and systematic theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
In addition to speaking of conversion on a personal and family level, the encyclical also speaks to local, national, and international governing bodies, said Lucia Silecchia, a professor of law at The Catholic University of America who specializes in environmental law, ethics, and development.Global policy cannot be limited to purely environmental concerns, but must promote human dignity and the wellbeing of the poor, she said."A dominant theme in the encyclical is that of interconnectedness - of economic life, political life, social life, moral life, spiritual life, physical environment, and natural environment."