chapter  5
Laudato Si’ and population
WithHerman Daly
Pages 19

As a Christian of Protestant persuasion, I first viewed Pope Francis as a breath of fresh air in the stuffy Vatican, but little more. After reading Laudato Si’, I dare to hope that what I considered merely “fresh air” could actually be the wind of Pentecost filling the Church anew with the Spirit. At a minimum, he has given us a more truthful, informed, and courageous analysis of the environmental and moral crisis than have our secular political leaders. For that reason, I am reluctant to find any fault with this inspiring and generous document. Nevertheless, in the spirit of invited frank dialogue, I think consistency with its basic themes of creation care and justice requires that more attention be given to population growth and its consequences.