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Catholic Energy Ethics: Commitments and Criteria

Erin Lothes Biviano

Abstract


Diverse religious worldviews and values construe foundational defenses of life, health, and wellbeing through the richness of their traditional texts, symbols, and rituals, offering a “thick description” of human meaning and purpose that empowers comprehensive ethical direction. The values and commitments that shape a Catholic energy ethic flow from the doctrine of creation, which views all relationships within a covenantal economy of creation and salvation. A Catholic theology of energy is theocentric, oriented to God’s plan of creation, salvation and the wellbeing of creation. A Catholic energy ethic is covenantal, acknowledging that humanity’s unique dignity confers mutual rights and responsibilities to all persons as brothers and sisters. A Catholic energy ethic is social, recognizing that the integral development of persons occurs in the integral ecology of family, community, society, and earth.

Keywords


Catholic social teaching; energy ethics; environmental ethics; fossil fuel divestment; socially responsible investing; Laudato Si’; care for creation; religion and ecology; Catholic ethics; energy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7358/rela-2018-001-loth






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