Care for the World

Care for the World: The Challenge of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Sí

Mary Colwell, B.B.C. Natural History Unit Producer, feature writer for The Tablet and voted in the top 50 most influential environmentalists in the UK.

7.30 p.m. on Wednesday November 4th in St. John's Parish Hall*, South Parade, Bath.

The Pope likens our common home to a sister with whom we share our life but this sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her.

The Encyclical focuses on the relationship between ourselves as individuals and natural world; it has shifted the debate out of realm of industry and regulation to ourselves: it is about US and what WE do.

The heavy scientific debate has been brought down to level of the human person, it goes straight to heart: relationships are at heart of this encyclical, not necessarily law and regulation.

The relationship needs to be strong, even austere: it is not an easy future. There may be times when there is a need to draw back from "what we want and when we want it". It points to a more humble, holy future based on fundamentals of any faith – sacrifice, humility, simplicity, love. These are new colours brought to the debate.

It is hoped to establish small groups for those interested in further study of Laudato Sí.


* Enter top car park, left down four steps and into door on right.