The Environment is a Legitimate Concern
Having established a consensus between the popes, we can see that Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ is simply the latest confirmation on behalf of the Church that the environmental crisis is a very real and legitimate subject of discussion. It can no longer be denied a rightful place in political discourse, and in fact demands our attention. Francis begins his treatment by lamenting that the earth,
“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. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life.”
Nor is it any longer possible to deny the role of human activity in this process. Nothing in this world is indifferent to us. Such is the responsibility that is tied with the human dominion over the earth. Other factors may come into play, but it is the human factor which is predominate both as problem and solution.