The following are media reactions chosen by the fall 2015 REL 345, Issues in Christian Ethics, class regarding Laudato Si.
Yardley, Jim, and Laurie Goodstein. "Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change." The New York Times. June 18, 2015.
A New York Times article which highlights the crisis from climate change and questions if humans are at fault. This includes the Pope's observations of the reckless pursuit of profits and excessive faith in technology which has caused the most vulnerable victims, the world's poor, suffering.
Bailey, Sarah. "10 Key Excerpts from Pope Francis’s Encyclical on the Environment." Washington Post. June 18, 2015.
A Washington Post article on some key passages from the encyclical on the environment. These statements were selected that can lead to further discussions. These include the ideas that technology leads to the destruction of nature. As well as the idea that gender differences matter.
Misleh, Dan. "Pope Francis' 'Laudato Si'' Is a Game Changer." U.S. Catholic. September 21, 2015.
A U.S. Catholic, Faith in Real Life, article on how Pope Francis has brought Catholicism into the digital age. It focuses on technology being able to spread information faster which means it is seen by more people thus more action can be done. It encourages working together in building our common home.
Ialenti, Vincent. "Excited About the Pope's Visit? Read 'Laudato Si" NPR. September 26, 2015.
This NPR segment brings a group of legal scholars, anthropologists, theologians, business people, political scientists and other thinkers from around the world come to discuss Laudato Si together. It shows how the encyclical can be interrupted from different view points.
Grossman, Cathy. "Pope Francis' Decree on Climate Change Faces Deep Political Divides." USA Today. June 16, 2015.
A USA Today article about U.S. Catholics being divided along political lines when it comes to the cause and urgency of climate change. While Catholics might be united, Democrats and Republicans might be less willing to work together to help the common good.
DiLeo, Dan. "Peace: An Unexpected Reaction to 'Laudato Si" National Catholic Reporter. June 18, 2015.
A National Catholic Reporter article on one readers review of Laudato Si and the issue of human-forced climate change. He believes both Catholics and non Catholics have to realize climate change is real and by listening to the encyclical will hopefully motivate communities to work together and fight against global warming.
Jackson, Chris. "Why I'm Disregarding Laudato Si and You Should Too." The Remnant Newspaper. June 19, 2015.
A Remnant Newspaper article on one Catholic's view on why he sees the encyclical as an embarrassment. The author does not believe in global warming stating he has not seen any change around him. He also disagrees with the idea that the world is connected.
Bruenig, Elizabeth. "Is Pope Francis Too Gloomy? Or Are Conservatives Just in Denial About Our Planet?" New Republic. June 23, 2015.
A New Republic article on how some people are finding the encyclical too similar to political disagreement about climate change. With the Pope demanding change one might wonder how can anyone think of the future without thinking of the environmental crisis.
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