The Pope’s theological view of the world

The supreme value is the human being in his worldly context. Ecological concerns and monetary acquisition cannot be separated from a profound respect for the dignity of man. The Holy Father summed up Thomas Aquinas’ teaching as: “man represents all that is most noble in the universe (cf. Summa Theologiae, I, q. 29, a. 3).” This truth gets lost either in the obsession with ecology at the expense of man or in grabbing natural resources instead of developing “forms of agricultural and industrial production capable of respecting creation and satisfying the primary needs of all” (Message for the 2010 World Day of Peace, No. 10).

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