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Planetary moral economy and creaturely redemption in Laudato Si'

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    Rights statement: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Theological Studies following peer review. The version of record Northcott, M. (2016). Planetary Moral Economy and Creaturely Redemption in Laudato Si’. Journal of Theological Studies, 77(4), 886-904. 10.1177/0040563916666820 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1177/0040563916666820.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)886-904
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Theological Studies
Issue number4
Early online date17 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis indicates that climate change, and other kinds of ecological destruction, are moral wrongs because they deny the fruits of the earth to the poor and to future generations, and they fail to honor the place of other creatures in Christ’s redemption of creation. LS sets climate change and the environmental crisis firmly in the context of two established features of Catholic social teaching: the dignity of poor and indigenous people and the intrinsic value of creatures to the Creator and their inclusion in the redemption of all things in Christ.

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  • climate change, distributive justice, economy, ecological debt, environmental governmentality, markets, the poor, poverty, redemption

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