27 September 2017
The use of online media has definitely affected my ability to read well
September is the month of creation, and I’ve been wondering how widely Laudato si’ has been read since it was promulgated in May 2015. I rarely speak to Catholics who have read it; many haven’t even heard of it. This is not a random sample, admittedly, so I resist the temptation to be too gloomy. But I recall Pope Francis commenting that people these days don’t read papal documents. I think he’s right, but it should be remembered that “people” never really have.
Until recently, your average Catholic never read a single word written by a pope in their whole life, not only because many average Catholics were illiterate, but because popes wrote in Latin. So things have hardly got worse.
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