Yesterday His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary of Madison, was on with a popular radio show host, Vicki McKenna – who really ought to have a national show! – to talk about Laudato si’.
Also, since Rush’s critical remarks about the encyclical were played in the program, you might want to check his first two hours yesterday. He also took on Card. Wuerl, who had attacked Rush on Fox News Sunday. HERE
Bp. Morlino had a great hour. One of this things he mentioned was a troubling phrase in the encyclical, “integral ecology”. You can listen to the hour for free HERE.
In some spheres, “integral ecology” is troubling.
I found the phrase 9 times in the encyclical. Chapter 4 is: “Integral Ecology”
I’ll bet some of you know more about this than I do.
Question might be, if the phrase “integral ecology” has some less than acceptable connotations, why use it in an encyclical?
Of course we have to figure out what it means in this encyclical, not merely in some other source.
Possibility: We cannot separate human ecology and environmental ecology, and human ecology has logical precedence.