Chair Laudato Si

The Laudato Si Foundation collaborates with the Roncalli College for the development of its Laudato Si Chair

The Laudato Si Chair is a space in the Roncalli College for the confluence of knowledge and the framework for an integral ecology. Sustainable development is a current challenge that the LS Chair proposes to analyze, following the indications of the Encyclical Laudato Si, encouraging the following interdisciplinary dialogues:

  1. Environmental, social and cultural ecology. Dialogue between the environmental and social sphere

We must ensure a scientific and social discussion that is responsible and comprehensive, capable of considering all available information and calling things by name (pto. 135). The issue of environmental deterioration questions the behavior of each one of us (p. 206).

  1. Dialogue for human fulfillment. Meeting between the economic and political sphere

The intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet, the conviction that everything in the world is connected, the criticism of the new paradigm and the forms of power that derive from technology, the invitation to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress, the value of each creature, the human sense of ecology, the need for honest and honest debates, the serious responsibility of international and local politics, the culture of discarding and the proposal of a new lifestyle. (pto. 16).

Politics should not submit to the economy and it should not submit to the opinions and the efficient paradigm of technology. Today, thinking about the common good, we urgently need that politics and economics, in dialogue, be decidedly placed at the service of life, especially human life. (p. 189).

It is not enough to reconcile, on average, the care of nature with financial income, or the preservation of the environment with progress. On this issue the middle terms are only a small delay in the collapse. It is simply about redefining progress (p. 194).

  1. Ecology of everyday life. Dialogue between the environmental and ethical sphere

A science that aims to offer solutions to big issues should necessarily add up all that knowledge has generated in the other areas of knowledge, including philosophy and social ethics. But this is a difficult habit to develop today. Therefore, true ethical reference horizons cannot be recognized either. Life becomes an abandonment to the circumstances conditioned by the technique, understood as the main resource to interpret the existence. In the concrete reality that challenges us, various symptoms appear that show the error, such as the degradation of the environment, the anguish, the loss of the meaning of life and coexistence. This shows once again that “reality is superior to the idea.” (pto. 110).

  1. Dialogue of religions with science. Dialogue between the environmental and theological sphere.

Science and religion, which provide different approaches to reality, can enter into an intense and productive dialogue for both. (pto. 62