Caring for Creation
The Caring for Creation movement in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn aims to promote and to support implementation of the papal encyclical “Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home” across the Archdiocese – in parishes, in schools, etc. The movement also seeks to work together with other members of the ACT Council of Churches.
Our Archbishop stresses the importance of reading and understanding the breadth of the papal teachings in Pope Francis’ encyclical and of assessing practical responses. Some parishes are convening dialogue sessions on it, others also taking practical steps. A 50-minute presentation is available on YouTube, where global Laudato Si consultant, Jacqui Rḗmond outlines key messages in each Laudato Si chapter.
The NAIDOC week theme from our First Nations people in 2021 was Heal Country – both human and ecological. Then the Australian Bishops released a major statement Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor to amplify the teachings of Laudato Si in an Australian context.
The Bishops are committed to implementing the Vatican’s framework for Laudato Si forward action plans when released on 4-October 2021. The Laudato Si movement in Australia is also seen as a vital part of renewal and evangelisation in the upcoming Plenary Council.
In a 2½ -minute promotion of the Bishops’ statement, our Archbishop Christopher Prowse speaks of the depth of the Pope’s concept of integral ecology and the important theological and moral dimensions of our situation on Earth. His video speaks also of walking alongside our First Australians to learn from their lead about our place in God’s creation.
Opening the Season of Creation on 1-September, Pope Francis joined with the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch and the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury to call on Christians to cooperate together. Their ecumenical statement urges us to “Choose life!” for future generations in caring for creation.