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industry embraces the business and social aspects of technology. Whilst technology provides us opportunities for greater reach into and more efficient communications with some of our communities, this should not be at the expense of developing or even diminishing strong connections and interpersonal relationships. Pope Francis sees our relationship to the earth and the environment as reflective of the quality of our relationships more broadly and when we relate to one another in a transactional manner, as is often the case with technology, we are likely to be regarding people as a resource at our disposal. This prompts us to consider how sustainable our organisations are culturally and socially, when we increasingly rely on email communication with colleagues or reduce our communication with clients to texts or emails in the name of efficiency. The Pope urges us to broaden our vision so that “technology is directed primarily to resolving people’s concrete problems, truly helping them live with more dignity and less suffering” (LS 112). The temptation to do more online in the name of efficiency brings the risk of ignoring the issue that not all of the population has, or is comfortable with, internet

and other technologies. Clearly the ‘one size fits all’ approach is not a good fit, and “life and the world are dynamic realities, so our care for the world must also be flexible and dynamic” (LS 144).

Pope Francis sees our relationship to the earth and the environment as reflective of the quality of our relationships more broadly and when we relate to one another in a transactional manner, as is often the case with technology, we are likely to be regarding people as a resource at our disposal. The Pope highlights the power of consumers to drive change quoting Pope Benedict, “Purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act” (LS 206). Whilst the resolve to achieve sustainability is high on the agenda for social service agencies, this Encyclical provides a prompt for our agency leaders to be more ecologically intentional in how to achieve that sustainability, particularly in how we

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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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