Gaudium et Spes. The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Outline of Presentation. Background Context of the document Story of the doc’s drafting Structure of final draft Significant Shifts and Innovations Compromises and Weaknesses Remaining Issues for the Church
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The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World
the various drafts were prepared in French, and then translated into Latin
“Little attention is given in the document to environmental pollution, the depletion of non-renewable resources, and general environmental exploitation. The council fathers’ language concerning nature and the relation of humankind to nature is rather disturbing. Humanity should “consolidate its control over creation” (9), “subject to himself the earth and all that it contains” (34), “subdue the earth” (57), and hold “increasing domination over nature” (63)… The council fathers seem oblivious both to the environmental problems already evident in the world and the impact of framing the human/nature relationship in terms of domination.” (Lois Ann Lorentzen)