Posted June 25, 2015 2:16 PM by

The real foundation of ‘Laudato Si’ —and it’s not climate change…

 

(CUSA) – Here is a look at the foundation of the pope’s encyclical through his doctoral studies work.

 

Seeing the whole forest instead of simply the global warming tree is what is needed to understand the big picture. —Ed.

 

FR. ROBERT BARRON—

 

In 1986, after serving in a variety of capacities in the Jesuit province of Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio commenced doctoral studies in Germany.

 

The focus of his research was the great twentieth century theologian and cultural critic Romano Guardini, who had been a key influence on, among many others, Karl Rahner, Henri de Lubac, and Joseph Ratzinger.

 

As things turned out, Bergoglio never finished his doctoral degree (he probably started too late in life), but his immersion in the writings of Guardini decisively shaped his thinking.

 

Most of the commentary on Pope Francis’s encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ has focused on the issue of global warming and the Pope’s alignment with this or that political perspective, but this is to miss the forest for one very particular tree.

 

As I read through the document, I saw, on practically every page, the influence of Romano Guardini and his distinctive take on modernity…

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