Earlier today, Pope Francis released his long-awaited encyclical letter, Laudato Si. We at ACCU are sharing resources and best practices to help our campuses pray for commitment to care for creation, learn about the encyclical and our call to stewardship, and act upon our beliefs to work for the common good.
Pope Francis has released his encyclical, Laudato Si, to teach Catholics around the world about environmental stewardship. The full encyclical, along with brief comments, and a list of quotations, can be found on Catholic Climate Covenant’s website, while Jim Yardley and Laurie Goodstein have compiled a strong analysis of the themes of the encyclical for The New York Times.
Laudato Si continues Pope Francis’ commitment to caring for all members of creation and the world around us, furthering the Catholic Church’s engagement with environmental justice. Catholic Climate Covenant explains that previous leaders Pope Benedict XVI and Saint John Paul II further developed the Church’s teachings on care for creation. The U.S. Bishops have interpreted and applied these teachings in a local context for the American Catholic Church through a number of statements and letters, including advocating for legislation that promotes responsible care for the environment.
Other Resources to Learn More
Looking for a short history of the Church’s teaching on stewardship? Watch “Catholicism and the Challenge of Ecology“, a video from Catholic News Service.
Interested in a resource more specific to Catholic higher education? Xavier University has compiled a list of resources on higher education, Catholic identity, and sustainability. Highlights include remarks on sustainability and Catholic mission from the president, Fr. Michael Graham, SJ, and professor Kathleen Smythe, Ph.D. on Jesuit identity and sustainability.