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 Msgr. Irwin Publishes New Book.

This week the Paulist Press released Msgr. Irwin's new book, a commentary on Pope Francis' encyclical LAUDATO SI. Chapter one situates the encyclical in the context of documents from the Roman Catholic papal  magisterium on the environment from Vatican II to the present.  This survey also includes documents from national episcopal conferences and representative texts from the Orthodox Church. Chapter two summarizes many of the points the Pope makes in the document, in particular where he advances on Catholic teaching. Chapter three argues a number of avenues for the continuing implementation of the encyclical: international, national, ecclesial and personal. This chapter also has specific  suggestions about the reformed Roman Catholic liturgy in light of LAUDATO SI. The final chapter offers ideas and pathways forward beyond the encyclical.