You can imagine, therefore, that I've been quite interested in the reactions of those I trust to read it thoughtfully and faithfully.
One thing that especially interested me over the last few days was seeing how many people, especially conservatives, were kind of dreading what the pope would say. They prepared by reminding themselves that an open mind and willingness to be guided by the Holy Father were paramount. Very nice.
Here are a few:
- A Bit of Advice for All Preparing to Read Laudato Si - Joseph Suzanka
- Live Tweeting the Reading, part 1 - Thomas L. McDonald (this is several pages long but worth it)
- A Brief Roundup of Reactions - The Deacon's Bench
- All of Our Sin, All of Our Hatred on Trial - The Anchoress, at the bottom she's linked to an extensive list of other reactions.
- Who Said That? - The Deacon's Bench (a reminder that Francis isn't the first pope to bring these things up)
The most valuable (and enjoyable) to me thus far was Tom McDonald's live tweeting, believe it or not.
I'm suffering from a fair amount of fatigue in being yelled at all the time by social justice warriors, environmentalists, [insert latest righteous cause-ists here]. This encyclical felt as if it could easily be more of the same. Tom's comments showed me there are some interesting layers and that there isn't the scolding I dreaded. Or at least it is qualified and thoughtful scolding.
I still don't have time and it'll have to wait. But at least I'm not dreading it!