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Laudato no IHere is how the before and after word clouds for Laudato Sii look.

BEFORE:

LS Word Cloud I

AFTER:

Word Cloud II

Can you spot the word “Jesus” in the “theologically structured” version of the encyclical? PS I circled it.

As you dear reader will no doubt notice, your humble blogger took out the “Page” from the Laudato Sii, but kept the settings at the most frequent 150 words. So “God” comes up to third most used word, after “human” and “world”.

As we can see, Jesus plays a minor role in this encyclical. Actually, we can rightfully claim that Jesus is a “prop” in this one. Jesus first appears in paragraph 82 and appears a grand total of 23 times out of 40,574 words with headings, footnotes and songs included. This strikes me as a bit odd since Jesus is central to the “teaching magisterium” of Francis. Here is a good example from the 22nd of January of this year: (see here)

That Jesus is savior and intercessor is the central point, and we do well to remember this. “Thus, the crowd seeks Jesus with that instinctive sense of hope that is proper to the people of God, which was at that time awaiting the Messiah, and they look to find in Him health, truth, salvation, for He is the Savior and as Savior even now, at this moment, intercedes for us. That our Christian life might be ever more convinced that we are saved, that we have a Savior, Jesus at the right hand of the Father, interceding. May the Lord, the Holy Spirit, make us understand these things.”

Apparently Jesus as intercesor and provider of hope in not required with respect to global warming. Which taken at face value, is a positive takeaway from this “encyclical”.

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