Pope Benedict XVI – Towards a Human Ecology (reviewed)
The forthcoming issue of Human Ecology Review (vol 21: 2) has a review of Pope Benedict XVI book Towards a Human Ecology by Robin vanTine.
Is Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI a Human Ecologist?
In this collection of religious writings, sermons, talks, letters and encyclicals collected and edited by Maria Morciano, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI lays out a vision of a sacred human ecology which aligns very well with many if not most of the tenets of academic human ecology. He has been called, “The Green Pope”, and the writings in this book substantiate that moniker. The Catholic Church is well known for its stand and work for social justice, and it appears that social justice, equity and environmental sustainability are woven together by Pope Benedict, in this work. Of particular interest is Benedict’s (and John Paul II’s) use of the term “human ecology” to stand for the inclusion of humans and their communities, institutions and civilizations when considering ecological, environmental and sustainability issues.
A sneak preview of this review (from uncorrected page proofs) can be found at this link Benedict.
Vol 21: 2 will be published on line with free open access by ANUpress shortly at this address (and see previous issues).