PowerPoint presentation by Dirk Dunfee, S.J. for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
View PowerPoint Presentation: Holding the Earth in Holiness – Dirk Dunfee, S.J
Excerpt from the presentation:
Although mainstream Christianity has come late to environmental awareness, Catholicism has taken the lead, especially under our Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis. Francis has repeatedly called for a new respect for the entirety of creation. He has reminded us that we are part of creation, not above it, and that the whole of creation is interdependent. This is what he has said: “To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with love, with tenderness, is to open up a horizon of hope, it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds.” But Francis is neither a pioneer nor a radical. In fact, Catholicism has a centuries-old tradition of care and concern for the environment, articulated most eloquently by our heroes, the saints. This is what some of them have said about the environment.