In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ main aim was to take ecology where science could not: into the realm of the sacred. Science could sound the alarm, but it could not ask people to care about what they did not love. However, one study showed that a message centred on saving God’s creation from desecration would resonate deeply with religious sensibilities. That calls for a new narrative that helps bridge the divide between science and the sacred. By integrating a deep appreciation for “our common home” into our daily activities humanity can overcome the apparent opposition between respect for nature and respect for human uniqueness. Humankind is called to care for creation our common home rather than act as its arrogant overlord.
Facilitator: Fr. Seamus Finn, OMI