Our attitude toward the rest of the natural world springs from our understanding of what it means to be a human being. (Gen 1:26-28; 3:5)
At the very foundation of our creaturehood, we are connected with all other Earth creatures (Gen 2:7, 9, 19, 22-23; 9:9-10; Hos 2:20)
As Earth creatures, we are totally dependent on Earth, and in many ways, Earth is dependent on us (Hos 2:10-11; Exod 20:11 (Deut 5:15); Exos 23:10-11; Lev 25:1-4)
View and download the Vatican Document here: “Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ of The Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home” — in the top right side of the Vatican webpage there are options to view the document in different languages, or download the document as a PDF (portable document format).
“Who is my Neighbor?” (Luke 10:25-37)
Differences should not separate us (Gal 3:28)
“In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples” (Matt 28:19; Mark 16:15)
View and download the Vatican Document here: “Encyclical Letter Fratelli Tutti of The Holy Father Francis on Fraternity and Social Friendship” — in the top right side of the Vatican webpage there are options to view the document in different languages, or download the document as a PDF (portable document format).
About the Professor
Dianne Bergant, CSA
Dianne Bergant, CSA is Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP Distinguished Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She was President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (2000-2001) and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past thirty years. For more than fifteen years she has been the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today, having been a member of the editorial board for twenty-five years. Five of these years she served as the magazine’s general editor. She is currently working in the areas of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, particularly issues of peace, ecology and feminism.
Education: MA/PhD, St. Louis University