Friday, October 23, 2015
Our common home is falling into serious disrepair
Here is the end of the first chapter of Laudato Si :
61. On many concrete questions, the Church has no reason to offer a definitive opinion; she knows that honest debate must be encouraged among experts, while respecting divergent views. But we need only take a frank look at the facts to see that our common home is falling into serious disrepair. Hope would have us recognize that there is always a way out, that we can always redirect our steps, that we can always do something to solve our problems. Still, we can see signs that things are now reaching a breaking point, due to the rapid pace of change and degradation; these are evident in large-scale natural disasters as well as social and even financial crises, for the world’s problems cannot be analyzed or explained in isolation. There are regions now at high risk and, aside from all doomsday predictions, the present world system is certainly unsustainable from a number of points of view, for we have stopped thinking about the goals of human activity. “If we scan the regions of our planet, we immediately see that humanity has disappointed God’s expectations”.
We need to do something and that is why we have five more chapters in this encyclical. Pope Francis always leaves us with hope, but he points out the problems and urges us to live differently and to take action now.
I have been reading all the reports from the synod and just hope that all the Bishops will understand that the way to be like Jesus is to be merciful and that they will tell the priests to be merciful.