Although each chapter will have its own subject and specific approach, it will also take up and re-examine important questions previously dealt with. This is particularly the case with a number of themes which will reappear as the Encyclical unfolds. As examples, I will point to the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet, the conviction that everything in the world is connected, the critique of new paradigms and forms of power derived from technology, the call to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress, the value proper to each creature, the human meaning of ecology, the need for forthright and honest debate, the serious responsibility of international and local policy, the throwaway culture and the proposal of a new lifestyle. These questions will not be dealt with once and for all, but reframed and enriched again and again.
If you have been reading about “Pope Francis’ new letter on the environment” the link above will let you read it for yourself.
I haven’t read through much of it yet. Despite what you may have been told, Pope Francis is not making a radical break with Catholic teaching in this letter. Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI had strong words on the environment and Catholic criticism of unregulated capitalism reaches back to the 1800s in official papal documents. So when Catholic Republicans tell you that this Pope is both radical and wrong on these issues, read through this encyclical and look at the underlying documents before you accept their claims.