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Integral Ecology and the work of

Dr Ricki Jeffery Diocesan Director, CentacareCQ

“…we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” (LS 49) In addition to global changes to the climate, Laudato Si’ calls us to seriously contemplate the social, cultural and financial systems that underpin how we live. So what does this call mean in terms of being a leader in Catholic social services, of authentically living and leading the mission of caring for our common home? More importantly how do we better take up the challenge in our services, particularly with the poor and vulnerable? Whilst the primary message of the Encyclical is about the environment, from the perspective of social service provision the conviction that

everything in the world is connected, the human meaning of ecology and the need to invest in people are the underpinning messages as Pope Francis encourages us to “consider some elements of an integral ecology, one which clearly respects its human and social dimensions” (LS 137). Overall in the Encyclical, Pope Francis takes the position that social justice is directly linked to ecology and that these elements are consistent with one another, so much so that we must hold them together in our attitudes and actions. The wellbeing of any society is measured by the situation and regard for the most

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Profile for Catholic Mission

The Francis Effect II - Praised Be You - On Care for our Common Home  

Twelve prominent Catholic leaders from various sectors and ministries of the Australian Church offer their perspectives on Pope Francis’ enc...

The Francis Effect II - Praised Be You - On Care for our Common Home  

Twelve prominent Catholic leaders from various sectors and ministries of the Australian Church offer their perspectives on Pope Francis’ enc...

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