Peter Sawtell & the Denver Post
The Denver Post‘s comments after Pope Francis published his most recent encyclical was less than glowing. WashPark’s Peter Sawtell, Executive Director of Eco-Justice Ministries responds. You go Pete!
Perhaps it would be quixotic (defined as “hopeful or romantic in a way that is not practical”) if Pope Francis simply called for cultural transformation without clear analysis and thoughtful options. But that is neither the tone nor the substance of his marvelous encyclical. Drawing on multiple sources — science and scripture, economics and history — the pope makes a strong case that our civilization is in crisis, and he describes an “integral ecology” that is a hopeful option to business as usual. The encyclical’s lengthy section dealing with strategies for action proposes dialogue with five sectors of human society. Francis’ clearly stated goal is “a conversation which includes everyone,” a pragmatic dialogue that includes morality along with economics. It is an ongoing negotiation toward big changes that really work. Quixotic? That’s what I’d call The Post’s enormous confidence in technology and a growing GDP as the path to social and ecological healing.
-Rev. Peter Sawtell, Denver
The writer is executive director of Eco-Justice Ministries.