Thursday, July 2, 2015

"Laudato Si" quotes you'll never hear from secular atheists

On the US only giving foreign aid if mothers stop having children in poor countries: "Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate. At times, developing countries face forms of international pressure which make economic assistance contingent on certain policies of "reproductive health"...to blame population growth instead of extreme selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues." LS, 50


"Judaeo-Christian thought demythologized nature. While continuing to admire its grandeur and immensity, it no longer saw nature as divine. In doing so, it emphasizes all the more our human responsibility for nature"  LS, 78


Dear those who think evolution explains the totality of how humans came to be: "Human beings, even if we postulate a process of evolution, also possess a uniqueness which cannot be fully explained by the evolution of other open systems....[humans have] a uniqueness which transcends the spheres of physics and biology"  LS, 81


"We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people."  LS, 92


"If architecture reflects the spirit of an age, our megastructures and drab apartment blocks express the spirit of globalized technology, where a constant flood of new products coexists with a tedious monotony."  LS, 113


"When we fail to acknowledge the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, or a person with disabilities, it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected" LS 117


"Our relationship with the environment can never be isolated from our relationship with others and with God. Otherwise, it would be nothing more than romantic individualism dressed up in ecological garb, locking us into a stifling immanence."  LS, 119


"Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo"  LS, 120


On welfare never being permanent: "Helping the poor financially must always be a provisional solution in the face of pressing needs. The broader objective should always be to allow them a dignified life through work."  LS, 128


Huge irony I'd never thought of: "It is troubling that, when some ecological movements defend the integrity of the environment, rightly demanding that certain limits be imposed on scientific research, they sometimes fail to apply those same principles to human life. There is a tendency to justify transgressing all boundaries when experimentation is carried out on living human embryos"  LS, 136


"A wholesome social life can light up a seemingly undesirable environment...the feeling of asphyxiation brought on by densely populated residential areas is countered if close and warm relationships develop...in this way any place can turn from being a hell on earth into the setting for a dignified life."  LS, 148


"we need to grow in the conviction that a decrease in the pace of production and consumption can at times give rise to another form of progress and development."  LS, 191

Dear Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Steven Hawking, et. al.: "It cannot be maintained that empirical science provides a complete explanation of life"  LS, 199


“If someone has not learned to stop and admire something beautiful, we should not be surprised if he or she treats everything as an object to be used and abused without scruple.”  LS, 215


“Many people today sense a profound imbalance which drives them to frenetic activity and makes them feel busy, in a constant hurry which in turns leads them to ride rough-shod over everything around them.”  LS, 225


“We have had enough of immorality and the mockery of ethics, goodness, faith and honesty.  It is time to acknowledge that light-hearted superficiality has done us no good.”  LS, 229


“A world of exacerbated consumption is at the same time a world which mistreats life in all its forms.”  LS, 230


The Sacraments are a privileged way in which nature is taken up by God to become a means of mediating supernatural life.”  LS, 235


It is in the Eucharist that all that has been created finds its greatest exaltation.  Grace, which tends to manifest itself tangibly, found unsurpassable expression when God himself became man and gave himself as food for his creatures.”  LS, 236


“The Eucharist is also a source of light and motivation for our concerns for the environment, directing us to be stewards of all creation.”  LS, 236


“The day of rest, centered on the Eucharist, sheds its light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.”  LS, 237



Awesome Conclusion:  “In the heart of this world, the Lord of life, who loves us so much, is always present.  He does not abandon us, he does not leave us alone, for he has united himself definitively to our earth, and his love constantly impels us to find new ways forward.  Praise be to him!”  LS, 245
(That's called hitting a walk off home run AND dropping the mic at the same time!)