13 December, 2021

Author: Fernando C. Saldivar, S.J.

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Over the next generation or so, once the “Francis Moment” has passed, one of our great challenges will be to unpackage the riches of the social vision of Laudato Si’ and see what care for creation looks like in practice as we incorporate integral ecology into the larger Catholic Social Teaching framework since, as the Pope reminds us, it is just as much a social encyclical as it is a “green” one.1 The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a step in this direction, but as ambitious as it is, it is only a beginning. As Francis has emphasized, integral ecology calls us to conversion in regard to structures and institutions, inviting us to a “Copernican revolution” in our thinking about economics and finance, towards “a different kind of economy: one that brings life not death, one that is inclusive and not exclusive, humane and not dehumanizing, one that cares for the environment and does not despoil it.”2 While we need bold thinking to mold the contours of what this revolution entails, we also need equally bold though on how to bring it to fruition.

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