By Irene F. Starkehaus -
…There is also the fact that people no longer seem to believe in a happy future; they no longer have blind trust in a better tomorrow based on the present state of the world and our technical abilities. ~ Pope Francis… LAUDATO SI
On June 17, I submitted a critique to Illinois Review of the not then released but heavily leaked version of the Papal Encyclical LAUDATO SI with my analysis not specifically on the content of the unavailable encyclical but on the pope's tendency to provoke social justice fervor through imagined environmental apocalypses.
When LAUDATO SI was release a couple of days later, I gave it a cursory, sort of Evelyn Wood once-over to see if my assumptions were right.
Radical environmentalism? Check.
Social justice treatise? Check.
Angry at America? Check.
Advocacy for forced redistribution? Check.
Minimized emphasis on abortion, the nuclear family, the need for spiritual revivalism? Meh. Half a check.
And I'm glad for that half a check, but the essence of my concern was validated by the official document, so I moved on not feeling particularly motivated to further discuss LAUDATO SI which is pretty much what I thought it would be.