Laudato Si on Catholic Triumphalism

Laudato Si on Catholic Triumphalism June 24, 2015

Believers themselves must constantly feel challenged to live in a way consonant with their faith and not to contradict it by their actions. They need to be encouraged to be ever open to God’s grace and to draw constantly from their deepest convictions about love, justice and peace. If a mistaken understanding of our own principles has at times led us to justify mistreating nature, to exercise tyranny over creation, to engage in war, injustice and acts of violence, we believers should acknowledge that by so doing we were not faithful to the treasures of wisdom which we have been called to protect and preserve. Cultural limitations in different eras often affected the perception of these ethical and spiritual treasures, yet by constantly returning to their sources, religions will be better equipped to respond to today’s needs.

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  • Bear Fact

    The Pope is picking up a lot of your themes, Mark. Did you at least get a commission?

    • chezami

      The email from him saying, “Thanks, Mark! I learned so much!” is reward enough for me. I’m a simple man with simple needs.

      • antigon

        Caro Mr. Ami:
        Am particularly impressed the current pontiff, in noting that ‘doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain’ picked up thy theme about the importance of setting one’s hair on fire & running around in circles!