Human Ecology

Rueters Columnist Demonstrates
Universal Application of
Church Social Teaching Principles
June 24, 2015 -- Rueters columnist, Edward Hadas, provides a good discussion of principles of Catholic social teaching, in the context of the Pope's new encyclical, "Laudato Si." As one reads, also consider the debt we have to future children in defending their right to be born into a family with their mothers and fathers united in marriage and the debt to current children and young adults to enable them to discover the truth about love, sexuality, marriage and family. The author demonstrates the universal application of principles of social teaching.

Pope Francis speaks to the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Angelus, June 14, 2015. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.The First Encyclical
Wholly From Francis
Overturns Expectations
VATICAN, June 19, 2015 -- 'Laudato si' is not only an example of the Magisterium's social teaching: it also represents the birth of a new literary genre among papal documents.

Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience in St Peter's Square on May 20, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

The Pope's Take on
Transgender Issues?
Accept the Body God Gave You
VATICAN, June 18, 2015 -- Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment calls for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a gift from God which should not be manipulated.

Pope Tells 'Haggard' Europe:
Human Dignity
Key to Renewal
- Pope Francis’ address to the European Parliament touched on a variety of issues, all of which, he said, ought to promote the “centrality” of the human person so that a true cultural renewal can be attained.

-- Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that “the family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation.”editor

Catholics For The Common Good General AudiencePope Stresses Threats To Human
Person On Environment Day

VATICAN CITY, June 5, 2013--Pope Francis said that it is urgent to focus on people and not just on nature on World Environment Day.

Pope Urges Responsibility for Creation
An Integral Human Development (Video)

"Cultivate Creation": Benedict's Green Revolution
Vatican Experts Pan the Copenhagen conference
ROME, December 17, 2009 –  Sandro Magister, one of the most astute Vatican observers, reports on the Pope's ecogical messageThe ecology of man comes before the ecology of nature, says the pope. Vatican experts pan the Copenhagen conference on the climate. It is a "false departure." Worse, it denies the value of human life

The Family, the Vital Cell of Society
The importance and centrality of the family with regard to the person and society is repeatedly underlined by Sacred Scripture. “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen 2:18). From the texts that narrate the creation of man (cf. Gen 1:26-28, 2:7-24) there emerges how — in God's plan — the couple constitutes “the first form of communion between persons”[458].

Pontiff Calls for "Ecology of Man"
Warns Against New Theories of "Gender"

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 22, 2008.- While protecting nature is an essential mission of the Church, it's no more important than protecting the nature of the person, says Benedict XVI.

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