Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, has defended Pope Francis’ ecological encyclical, Laudato Si, from criticisms that it is Marxist or simply pushing a green left agenda. He calls it “Christianity 101”:
“Calling for a more personal human culture based on care for others and walking lightly on the earth is not a green-left agenda — it is Christianity 101. The extraordinary thing about many of the critical reactions to Pope Francis’s environment encyclical is they assert there is an economic and cultural reality we must accept — not one we can improve on. In contrast, the Pope says market economics is not the only reality — we can do better.”
Archbishop Hart defended Laudato Si in an opinion piece for The Australian on 27 June 2015. For the full text contact the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
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