CW277: Captain No, Laudato Si’

In this episode: Maria Johnson, Steve Nelson, Fr. Cory Sticha, Sarah Vabulas

Conference Man and risk management; Bad behaviour in social media; Drinking Holy water? Sarah’s book launch party; Sarah’s new podcast; Laudato Si’; Massacre in Charleston; Polarization, tolerance, and social media.

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  1. Helen

    I found the treatment of the Papal encyclical pretty dismissive in this podcast. The encyclical itself contains the statement that “Obstructionist attitudes, even on the part of believers, can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions”. I felt this podcast only encouraged people to continue being nonchalant about the impacts of their actions on the environment.

    Here in the Middle East, far away from taps that reliably have water in them, I saw the encyclical as a point of hope – the hope that people (not just Christians) will educate themselves on the impacts of not moderating their consumption. We have learnt the hard way in our region. Our river is the Jordan River, where Christ was baptised. You might think “how lucky you are”! But that River was only kept flowing thanks to the sewerage it was being pumped with at one stage ( The Jordan will never be what it once was, but it could be a lot better. Global climate impacts are really not helping when it comes to its restoration – our people still need water to drink – including the thousands of refugees from extremism and terrorism.

    “Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption” says the encyclical. I don’t know what River you might loose by “indifference” or “blind confidence” in others to solve the problems. If our river were healthy, we could have better supported the thousands in poverty and need that are now in our country (46% of Jordanian population is immigrant, as opposed to 14% in the USA). Please consider what the encyclical has to say with some more seriousness. It has good things to say. If it is hard to understand the science, maybe ask a teacher at your local school? You could be spreading the word at the same time as learning things. I am sure that your actions to prevent climate change really would be seen as holy work in God’s eyes.

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