The Gospel of Creation: Pope Francis on Christian Poverty and the Ethic of Care

Author: Drew Christiansen

November 20, 2015

On assuming the See of Rome, Pope Francis explained that his choice of name included an agenda for his pontificate: the poor, peace, and the planet. Drawing on Laudato Si, in this series of talks Drew Christiansen, S.J., explores the interconnections of these themes in the Holy Father’s spirituality, theology, and pastoral agenda, with emphasis on our common creatureliness. Christiansen addresses four issues: (1) the roots of Christian poverty in the experience of creaturehood; (2) the ethic of care generated out of a sense of creatureliness; (3) the religious and moral significance of the experience of the harmony and beauty in creation; and (4) dialogue as the social-pastoral strategy recommended by Laudato Si. The talks were delivered on November 20 and 21, 2015 at Theological College in Washington, D.C., a seminary affiliated with the Catholic University of America.

Talk One | Poverty and Creatureliness
Talk Two | Tenderness and Care: Franciscan Ethics for the Environment
Talk Three | The Harmony of Creation
Talk Four | Encounter and Dialogue in Social-Pastoral Ministry

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