More Resources: Laudato Si

Looking for more resources on the new encyclical, Laudato Si’?  The USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development have shared the following resources:

Some additional helpful resources include:

Additionally, Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service has shared a helpful glossary of terms used by Pope Francis, while John Allen of Crux has published two articles analyzing the history of the Church’s teachings on the environment and the impact of the encyclical in the U.S.

In light of the encyclical, many Catholic colleges and universities have shared how their Catholic mission drives their commitment to the environment and implementation of sustainability initiatives.

  • Loyola University Chicago alumnus Zac Davis wrote a piece on how his alma mater leads the way in sustainability initiatives for America.
  • Saint Vincent College shared their sustainability initiatives, inspired by the Benedictine tradition of environmental stewardship.
  • University of Saint Francis (IN) campus ministry has shared that they, along with Our Sunday Visitor, will host a conference on campus this fall to discuss and study the encyclical.
  • A community of scholars and practitioners gathered at University of St. Thomas (MN) to discuss Human and Natural Ecology: Economic, Political and Cultural Implications, in anticipation of the encyclical.  Visit the Center for Catholic Studies website to learn more and read presentation summaries.

Visit ACCU’s webpage on the release of Laudato Si to learn more!

Laudato Si Release: Learn

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.

˜LEARN˜

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.

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