The Theologians Respond: Laudato Si




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Published on Jun 18, 2015

Theologians in the New York area gathered at America Headquarters to discuss Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. These experts in Catholic social teaching offer an overview of the content and significance of the teachings within the text, as well as background on Catholic engagement on social issues and discuss the possible impact of this text on national and international politics.

Rev. James Martin, SJ, America Media
Dr. Erin Lothes Biviano, College of St. Elizabeth’s
Dr. Kevin Ahern, Manhattan College
Dr. Meghan J. Clark, St. John’s University
Dr. Daniel Cosacchi, Loyola University Chicago


2:45 – An introduction Catholic Social Teaching and encyclicals

5:45 – The relationship of "Evangelli Gaudium" to "Laudato Si’"

7:40 – What does the title mean? "

10:40 – The social justice mission of the Jesuits

11:40 - The drafting of the encyclical

14:02 - Outline of the document

14:08 – See, Judge, Act

14:37 – Reality of the World

15:07 – Reality in the Christian Tradition

15:40 – Human Roots of Ecological Crisis

16:04 – Action and Integral Ecology

16:55 – Spiritual Response

17:20 - Highlights of the document

30:49 - The "third phase" of Catholic Social Teaching

33:28 - Faith based environmental action

35:00 – What’s missing from the document?

40:52 - The spirit of invitation

43:00 – The forming of an encyclical

44:13 – The ecumenical nature of the the document

46:50 – The "Gospel of Creation" and Francis' message to nonbelievers

47:50 – The role of bishops' conferences

49:40 – Pope Francis’ visit to America

50:50 — Sustainable development goals

55:55 – Predictions


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