Cupich: Libertarian ideology hinders Laudato Si’ adoption in the church

By Brian Roewe
March 4, 2021

As Catholics and other people of faith take measures to better safeguard the environment, they must be aware of the opposing tides they're up against, including libertarian strains within their own flocks, said Cardinal Blase Cupich during a recent webinar.

Cupich said that while Catholic and other religions' teachings make clear that caring for creation is central to the practice of the faith, there are many people of faith who “reinterpret the tradition in a way that is more in tune with a libertarian understanding of life and the economy.” That worldview, he said, has limited some people from delving into the message of Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home.”

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