We look at Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation up until the start of the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP28) on November 30 in Dubai.
38, 43. “unless citizens control political power – national, regional and municipal – it will not be possible to control damage to the environment”... there would necessarily be required spaces for conversation, consultation ... conflict resolution ... and, in the end, a sort of increased “democratization” in the global context, so that the various situations can be expressed and included.
Consider the recent synodal process and the vital importance of participatory governance in the SSND community, church, and society. Authentic dialogue is critical and “presupposes prayerful reflection and the gathering of necessary information.” (YAS GD 55)