Amazon – The Prophetic Commitment of the Church in the Amazon and Integral Human Development

This readiness for commitment is usefully synthesized in the final chapter of the Instrumentum Laboris (IL), which sums up the challenges and hopes of a prophetic Church in the Amazon basin. The horizon within which it moves, without which there can be no justice and no life, is the fact that “everything is connected” as Pope Francis explained in Laudato si’ (138). The social and the natural cannot, the environmental and the pastoral must not be separated. Dangerous compartmentalisations – intellectual and spiritual, economic and political – have put human life in jeopardy on Earth, the common home of humanity. The upcoming Synod is committed to helping heal the breaches in a part of the world where the consequences of contemporary misconceptions and pernicious practices are particularly serious. Read more…