I am reading the Pope’s new encyclical, Laudato si’, leaked in Italian. HERE
You might want to look at Andrea Gagliarduci’ Monday Vatican on this. He makes the point that everyone will find what he wants in this encyclical… except maybe those who are pro-transgender.
I direct the readership to par. 155 when you are able to get the text, about “human ecology” and the meaning of differences of sexes.
Also, 120 is good on abortion. It is pretty much in your face for those who are worked up about protecting Gaia from global-warming but are not very interested in protecting human life in the womb. However, the Pope only mentions abortion once, in par. 120.
There are 20 references to Benedict XVI, by name, either in the text or in the notes, and more if you count the ibids. There are 21 references to St. John Paul II, by name, but many more where he is cited but not mentioned by name.
We’ll see how the text matches with the officially released version on 18 June (Fr. Lombardi says the leaked version is a draft), and then, subsequently, how that version matches up with the official final version in Acta Apostolicae Sedis.
Since it is now getting around, I’ll remind everyone of the fact that “Laudato si'” is the line of a hymn by St. Francis.
But let’s not that Francis’ hymn ends with the real point of everything we do: salvation!
Laudato si mi Signore, per sora nostra Morte corporale,
da la quale nullu homo uiuente pò skappare:
guai a quelli ke morrano ne le peccata mortali;
beati quelli ke trouarà ne le Tue sanctissime uoluntati,
ka la morte secunda no ‘l farrà male.
Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Bodily Death,
from whose embrace no living person can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Happy those she finds doing Your most holy will.
The second death can do no harm to them.
GO TO CONFESSION!
Meanwhile… the chuckle-heads are at it. How ridiculous is this going to get before things settle down? Example HERE.
As a meteorologist who works for Slate has it:
What’s going on here is nothing short of amazing. It’s probably the best video I’ve ever seen, on any topic, of any length (and yes, that includes Game of Thrones).
Put together by the Observatório do Clima, a network of Brazilian nongovernmental organizations and advocates for action on climate change, the video pitches the forthcoming message—which has attracted heavenly levels of hype—as a silver bullet in an epic battle between the pope’s forces of climate justice and the evil fossil fuel industry.
The opening quote—“If we destroy creation, creation will destroy us”—is an actual line from one of the pope’s recent sermons on the environment. It is expected to form the heart of his argument in the forthcoming letter to the world’s Catholic churches.
It just gets better from there.
At one point, Jesus appears in the corner of a boxing ring as the pope prepares, saying, “The power of me compels you.” You can’t make this stuff up—except apparently they did.
Seriously, just watch the video.