In the Encyclical Laudato si’(2015) Pope Francis mentioned Teilhard de Chardin in a way that seems to approve French Jesuit’svision. This was the first time that the name of Teilhard appeared in such a weighty magisterial document. It is interesting to see how the Pope’s defense of “ecological conversion” is joined to the rehabilitation of Teilhard’s perspective. In this way, Laudato si’ invites us to reinvestigate Teilhard’s vision on a deeper level, especially with regard to ecclesiology. When we lookfrom Teilhard’s perspective at the Church as the Body of Christ, we seea community consisting not only of men and women, but which isalso extended to all creatures (even non-human beings). In this article, I will present the theological basis of such an ecclesiology, which we can call ‘ecological’, and some principles that could guide its concrete praxis, both in spirituality and in ethics.
|Translated title of the contribution||For ecological ecclesiology|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- Teilhard de Chardin
- Laudato sí
- Pope Francis