You are to critique Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si, using Thomas Massaro’s four sources of Catholic Social Teachings
Introduction: 250 words
• Purpose of the assignment
• Provide some background on Catholic Social teaching
• Provide some background on Laudato Si’
Encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home
Outline the structure and themes of the document 250 words
• 4 principle themes from Laudato Si
Critiquing of the document using Massaro’s four sources: 1000 words Total
The Sources and Methods of Catholic Social Teaching Ch 4
1. Revelation (the role of Scripture) – Consider how the document uses Scripture to justify its position on social justice (e.g. which passages are cited? How are these passages used?) 250 words
2. Reason (Natural Law) (look for references to, a common human nature, Right and wrong / Good and evil, Purpose & Intent of actions, Inalienable rights to: Life, Work, Have children, Live in an ordered society, Worship God, Potential 250 words
3. Tradition (theological reflection) – look at the footnotes – which Church documents / saints is the document drawing upon?) 250 words
4. Experience (engaging in social analysis) – includes the elements of experience (what’s happening?); social analysis (why is it happening?); theological reflection (what does the story and vision of the Christian people have to say about it?; pastoral planning (what should be done about it?) 250 words
Evaluation of Laudato Si in terms of its usefulness for a social justice program that is operating in your school (or one with which you are familiar) 1000 words
• There are a number of possibilities here – e.g.: raising funds for the poor, combating racism
• How might a key teaching(s) from Laudato Si’ be embedded across curriculum areas (e.g.
sustainability – this might be the school’s focus for the year)
Conclusion: 250 words
How does the school’s use of Laudato Si’ to enhance its Catholic identity? https://catholicclimatemovement.global/252-page-curriculum-designed-to-teachlaudato-si-encyclical-to-ninth-to-12th-graders/ https://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Laudato-Si-
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