Thomas Reese| National Catholic Reporter, June 18, 2015
Some of the most frequently asked questions I have gotten from journalists this week: Why does the encyclical matter? What impact will it have? Why is it getting all this attention?
Let’s start with the last question: Why is it getting all this attention?
The encyclical, “Laudato Si’, On Care for our Common Home,” is getting lots of attention for two reasons.
First, there is a growing consensus around the world that we need to take better care of the environment. Scientific consensus exists that climate change is happening, and human activity is causing it. People are growing in their awareness of environmental problems, but they also see that so far, the world has done little to respond to the crisis.