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In last week s column, we gave readers a little
insight into Laudato Si---Pope Francis encyclical
on the environment and the damage man was
doing to "our common home." This week, a sort
of executive summary will be presented, com-
bining the first three chapters of the document
using one or two paragraphs of quotes from each
chapter. The structure and format is very straight-
forward and logical.
Chapter 1---What is happening
to our common home?
The goal of this chapter: "Theological and philo-
sophical reflections on the situation of humanity
and the world can sound tiresome and abstract,
unless they are grounded in a free analysis of our
present situation, which is, in many ways, unprece-
dented in the history of humanity. So, before con-
sidering how faith brings new incentives and
requirements with regard to the world of which
we are part, I will briefly turn to what is happening
to our common home."
A second quote gives us the message: "But a
sober look at the work shows that the degree of
human intervention, often in the service of business
interests and consumerism, is actually making our
earth less rich and beautiful, even more limited
and grey, even as technological advances and con-
sumer goods continue to abound limitlessly. We
seem to think that we can substitute an irreplaceable
and irretrievable beauty with something which we
have created ourselves."
Chapter 2---The Gospel of creation
About this chapter s goal: "Why should this doc-
ument, addressed to all people of goodwill, include
a chapter dealing with the convictions of believers?
I am well aware that in the areas of politics and
philosophy there are those who firmly reject the
idea of a Creator, or consider it irrelevant...
.Nonetheless, science and religion, with their dis-
tinctive approaches to understanding reality, can
enter into an intense dialogue fruitful for both."
The message to be garnered from this chapter:
"We are not God. The earth was here before us
and it has been given to us....Although it is true
that we Christians have at times incorrectly inter-
preted the scriptures, nowadays we must forcefully
reject the notion that our being created in God s
image and given dominion over the earth justifies
absolute domination over our creatures.
"The biblical texts are to be read in their context,
with an appropriate hermeneutic, recognising that
they tell us to till and keep the garden of the
worker (Gen: 2:15). Tilling refers to cultivating,
ploughing or working, while keeping means caring,
protecting, overseeing and preserving. This implies
a relationship of mutual responsibility between
human beings and nature. Each community can
take from the bounty of the earth whatever it needs
for subsistence, but it also has the duty to protect
the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming
Chapter 3---The Human roots
of the Ecological crisis
In this chapter, the goal is: "It would hardly be
helpful to describe symptoms without acknowl-
edging the human origins of the ecological crisis.
A certain way of understanding human life and
activity has gone awry, to the serious detriment
of the world around us. Should we not pause and
consider this? At this stage I propose that
we focus on the dominant technocratic
paradigm and the place of human beings
and of human action in the world."
The message sent is: "It can be said
that many problems of today s world stem
from the tendency, at times unconscious,
to make the method and aims of science
and technology an epistemological para-
digm which shapes the lives of individuals
and the workings of society.
"The effect of imposing this model on
reality as a whole, human and social and
are seen in the deterioration of the envi-
ronment, but this is just one sign of a
reductionism which affects every aspect
of human and social life. We have to accept
that technological products are not neutral,
for they create a framework which ends
up conditioning lifestyles and shaping
social possibilities along the lines dictated
by the interests of certain power groups."
Vernon Khelawan is media relations officer of
Catholic Media Services Limited (Camsel), the
official communications arm of the Archdiocese
of Port-of-Spain. Its offices are located at 31
Independence Square. Telephone: 623-7620
Laudato Si --PART II
'Humans have a duty to protect the earth'
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