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The powerful without power

· The roots of the ecological crisis in Laudato Si’ ·

When the Pope was beginning to think about the content of the latest encyclical, he told me me he was especially evaluating the issuer of power, and was therefore re-reading Romano Guardini. The text of the encyclical confirms the extent to which he moved forward with this analysis. I believe that the often-overlooked third chapter should be taken in consideration.

We have yet to understand what the Pope is truly trying to say when he points to the heart of the matter. He gives us a key to reading when he affirms: “It would hardly be helpful to describe symptoms without acknowledging the human origins of the ecological crisis. A certain way of understanding human life and activity has gone awry, to the serious detriment of the world around us” (n. 101). He then begins to critique power, stating that technological development has “given those with the knowledge, and especially the economic resources to use them, an impressive dominance over the whole of humanity and the entire world” (n. 104). In this way, he framed a question which still does not have answer: “In whose hands does all this power lie, or will it eventually end up? It is extremely risky for a small part of humanity to have it” (n. 104).

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