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Pope FrancisPriest and Prophet in the Anthropocene

Pope FrancisPriest and Prophet in the Anthropocene Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/environmental-humanities/article-pdf/8/2/256/409500/256Deane-Drummond.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 31 March 2022 COMME NTARY Pope Francis Priest and Prophet in the Anthropocene CELIA DEANE-DRUMMOND Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, USA ne of the most significant aspects of Laudato si’ is that it is a deep cry of the heart: O laudato si’, praise be! My central argument is that this cry stems from Pope Francis’s charism as a priest and prophet in the epoch of the Anthropocene. The rhetoric of “irreversible changes” to the earth that is implied by the idea of the Anthropocene has struck a cultural chord way beyond its original geologic home by generating ongoing and heated debates in the environmental humanities. There are negative aspects in using such a term that Pope Francis manages to avoid by eschewing its use. Nonethe- less, the point of the whole encyclical is how humanity has failed to meet our human responsibilities to people and to the planet, how to address that failure, and how all of this can ultimately be reconciled with a belief in God, who is creator and redeemer of the world. Francis does not simply rehash traditional Roman Catholic doctrine: there are new elements http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Environmental Humanities Duke University Press

Pope FrancisPriest and Prophet in the Anthropocene

Environmental Humanities , Volume 8 (2) – Nov 1, 2016

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Copyright © 2016 Celia Deane-Drummond
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2201-1919
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2201-1919
DOI
10.1215/22011919-3664369
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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/environmental-humanities/article-pdf/8/2/256/409500/256Deane-Drummond.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 31 March 2022 COMME NTARY Pope Francis Priest and Prophet in the Anthropocene CELIA DEANE-DRUMMOND Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, USA ne of the most significant aspects of Laudato si’ is that it is a deep cry of the heart: O laudato si’, praise be! My central argument is that this cry stems from Pope Francis’s charism as a priest and prophet in the epoch of the Anthropocene. The rhetoric of “irreversible changes” to the earth that is implied by the idea of the Anthropocene has struck a cultural chord way beyond its original geologic home by generating ongoing and heated debates in the environmental humanities. There are negative aspects in using such a term that Pope Francis manages to avoid by eschewing its use. Nonethe- less, the point of the whole encyclical is how humanity has failed to meet our human responsibilities to people and to the planet, how to address that failure, and how all of this can ultimately be reconciled with a belief in God, who is creator and redeemer of the world. Francis does not simply rehash traditional Roman Catholic doctrine: there are new elements

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Environmental HumanitiesDuke University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2016

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