Based on the Laudato Si encyclical, John Zucchi delivers a word of warning to Catholics, non-Catholics or non-Christian believers or to those of no particular faith adherence: we mustn’t assume we have understood the Pope’s message. We must try to understand what it is that Francis is telling us and why. It is easy for us to think we have already understood the message either because we have a deep concern for the environment or because we think that human-caused global warming is a myth. In other words, the Pope is not simply repeating old arguments. He wants us to have a sense of the deep reasons that sustain his position on humankind’s relationship with the natural world. Zucchi’s address, which will allude to literature and cinema will introduce us to Francis’s concerns and will help us understand why Pope Francis offers men and women the path he does for a new approach to the environment.
Dr. John Zucchi is a professor and past chair in the Department of History and Classical Studies, and a member of the Catholic Studies Program at McGill University. His research and publications are in the area of Canadian migration, ethnicity and religious history.