Pope Francis’s long-anticipated encyclical on the environment and the poor was released in June 2015. It is titled Laudato Si’, a phrase meaning “be praised,” taken from Saint Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of the Sun (“Be praised, my Lord, through all Your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun ... through Sister Moon and the stars”). The encyclical makes a moral case for addressing environmental issues, especially climate change.
In this symposium, W. David Montgomery analyzes the encyclical’s economic and political implications; M. Anthony Mills asks whether Pope Francis is anti-modern; and Brendan P. Foht contrasts the encyclical with another major environmental statement — the recent “Ecomodernist Manifesto.”
The latest issue of EPPC's journal The New Atlantis includes a collection of essays examining the moral, political, and economic implications of Laudato Si', Pope Francis's 2015 encyclical on the environment and the poor:
- Is Pope Francis Anti-Modern? New Atlantis associate editor M. Anthony Mills examines the encyclical's critique of “the technocratic paradigm.”
- The Flawed Economics of Laudato Si’ Economist W. David Montgomery explains why the encyclical's moral teaching requires better policy.
- Two Approaches to Climate Action New Atlantis associate editor Brendan P. Foht contrasts the encyclical with another major environmental statement — the recent “Ecomodernist Manifesto.”