Cardinal Turkson, Bishop Sanchez Sorondo, and Jeffrey Sachs offer Laudato Si overview online

August 28, 2015

An overview of the main themes and messages of Laudato Si’ will be offered by notables from Cardinal Turkson of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, to Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Science, to UN sustainable development expert Jeffrey Sachs.

The series does not presume any prior familiarity with either Catholic teaching or the sustainable development agenda. It guides the listener through the basic structure of the encyclical—diagnosis of the ecological crisis, overview of its theological and philosophical underpinnings, evaluation of the human behavior at its root, the need for institutional solutions, and the call for personal conversion.

The presenters have expressed the hope that this course can help disseminate the important message of Laudato Si’ to the world, and so help with the implementation of the all-important sustainable development agenda.  The series encourages dialogue about a critical aspect of sustainable development: the moral responsibility to live sustainably.

“Laudato Si’” opens the path to a veritable revolution of ideas to bring about the needed changes.  As Pope Francis eloquently and accurately describes, the economic juggernaut is destroying biodiversity, dangerously altering the climate and undermining the life-support systems of the planet for humanity and millions of other species.”  — Jeffrey Sachs


Mini-Series Outline & Presenters

Chapter I: Pope Francis & the Encyclical – Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson

Chapter II: On Care for Our Common Home – Professor Jeffrey Sachs

Chapter III: Theology, Philosophy & the Encyclical – Bishop Marcelo Sachez Sorondo

Chapter IV: Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis – Anthony Annett

Chapter V: Global, National & Local Solutions – Professor Jeffrey Sachs

Chapter VI: International Ecological Conversion – Dr. William Vendley

The mini-course will be available on September 1, 2015 at or