The Pope is preaching ecological conversion — pleading for a change of life, ethics, seeing and solidarity with the mysterious network of relations between all things

January 13, 2016

A “Deacon Mike” sent in the following highlights from the Fall 2015 issue of Creighton’s University Magazine article on the encyclical

  • …the Pope is preaching ecological conversion—pleading for a change of life at the individual level.  John O’Keefe, Ph.D., Theology
  • What the Pope brings to the public debate, which I think is a game-changer, is ethics.  Ethics does not require scientific certitude.  Richard Miller, Ph.D., Theology
  • Creighton has a degree program in Environmental Science and just launched a new degree program in Sustainability.
  • Technology…proves incapable of seeing the mysterious network of relations between things and so sometimes resolves one problem only to create others.  Peter Gallo, Ph.D. Technology, Markets quoting Pope Francis.
  • Governments trying to improve the environment typically rely on carrots (tax breaks for solar panels), sticks (fines, regulations) or sermons (“shame tactics”).  Graham Ramadan, Ph.D., Political Science
  • Laudato Si’…(is) a place to understand how to connect biblical teaching with Catholic Social Teaching with education.  Jay Leighter, Ph.D., Communication Studies and Sustainability Studies.