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THE 567 The Greening of Catholic Understanding

Across the centuries, the Catholic Church has fostered respect and love of the environment. The monastic orders, Francis of Assisi, and the Jesuit Reductions have played major roles. Since environmental awareness came of age in the 1960s, it has challenged the way in which modernity and—at times—the Catholic ethos have been turning to the Bible to justify an unlimited use of the earth’s resources, something that contradicts Genesis and Revelation. The course invites participants to outline and reflect on the contribution Catholics can and should offer to the twenty-first century's self-understanding of humanity and its environment.