Laudato Si ePub Download (.mobi for Kindle too)

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Here is Pope Francis’ new encyclical Laudato Si’ in ePub format.  Now in Kindle format too.  Get it for your Kindle, Nook, tablet, e-reader, and smartphone.

Laudato Si’ is freely available on the Vatican website, only in html format and a poorly formatted pdf file, but you may also download the encyclical in a variety of formats below. So, whether you want to download Laudato Si’ ( Praise Be To You ) for your Kindle, Nook, tablet, smartphone, pc, or anything else, you can get it here.  Download the Laudato Si epub or Kindle format below.

This is nothing more than the publicly available content repacked in additional formats (plus a decent cover image).  Download Laudato Si’ in a format compatible with your e-reader now.  Read the Holy Father’s encyclical on the environment and care for our common home.  Please, disseminate the Pope’s encyclical; share it on Twitter and Facebook.


Download Laudato Si epub and mobi for your e-reader ( Kindle, Nook, tablet, smartphone, etc. ).

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^^^ Praise Be To You for Kindle and other ereaders ^^^

For some insight into Pope Francis’ encyclical, I recommend checking out  In particular, Ryan Mayer has a great piece up now about 10 Things in Laudato Si You Won’t Hear About From the Media.

Please, inform me if there are any other formats you would like to see.  It is my hope that the Pope’s words will reach the large audience for which his words are intended, and I believe that the ability to read his encyclical in ebook formats will greatly advance the mission of reaching the whole world with this message.  Pray that the world heeds Pope Francis’ exhortations to care for the earth in order to care for the people of the world.

If you are looking for Pope Francis’ earlier documents, Lumen Fidei and Evangelii Gaudium, you can find them here too.

Laudato Si’ is also available in hardcover and paperback, from Ignatius Press and Our Sunday Visitor, respectively.

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What Makes Me Catholic is Why I’m Catholic


Because I want to be sure that my meaning is understood, allow me to restate the title of this article in more explicit terms. The characteristic that defines me as a member of the Catholic Church is also the definitive reason for why I will forever remain a member of the Catholic Church. What is it that defines me as a member of the Church that Christ established? Well, it is the same thing that defines the Catholic Church. And what defines this One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church is nothing less than the unique and irrevocable authority of the Magisterium of this Church.

If you venture far from the Petrine house, you will find people who will not affirm the divinity of Christ or the Trinity we adore. Not so far out as that are houses innumerable that are filled with people pulled in every direction, unsure of what they believe. Their only anchor is an unflinching resolution that the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are One. They have faith in Jesus as the Christ, but they have only a couple sacraments — and not all of them even have that.

Step outside of the Petrine house only a short distance and you will find neighboring homes where the Trinity is adored, where Christ’s divinity and humanity are absolutely affirmed, and where each sacrament is validly celebrated for the salvation of its inhabitants. These brother and sisters are so incredibly close, that it is hard to believe that they reside under a different roof.

Yet what all of those people have in common, what none of those groups recognize, what none of their members will affirm, is the thing that I affirmed on Saturday, 22 March 2008, when I received into the Catholic Church. Every one of them is unwilling to declare, “I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.”

Might I jump ship and still find authentic faith in the hypostatic union? Without a doubt. Might I find belief in the Trinity and salvation through the Incarnate Son of God and his perfect sacrifice on Calvary? Again, yes. Is it even possible for me to find the sacrament of Holy Orders so that I could still avail myself of Reconciliation and receive the Most Blessed Sacrament, our Lord Himself? Yes, this is so. But what neither you nor I will ever find outside the Catholic Church is the authority granted to Peter and the Apostles that safeguards those who recognize and obey it against the deceits of Satan.

I came here for authority; it’s why I’m Catholic. I will remain for authority. Everything, for me, hinges on who holds the Keys to the Kingdom.

The Truth About Voting on Supposed Probability

This is quick and easy, a syllogism for voting:

Each moral decision ought to be based on the natural law.
Each moral decision ought to be unaffected by the trends of how other people make the same moral decision.
Voting is a moral act.

Therefore, the act of voting ought to be based on the natural law and be unaffected by the trends of how other people vote.

So, if you actually care that your act of voting be good rather than sinful, then you must not weigh probability of candidate victory in your choice about for whom to cast your ballot.  Simply: Using “electability” to help determine your vote is evil.

No Catholic Teachers, No Catholic School

I’m tired of hearing about how “we need faithful Catholic schools.” One, the term Catholic needs neither qualifiers nor modifiers. But more than that, I cannot stand half-baked ideas. If you want more butterflies, you cannot have them without first having more caterpillars. There are precursors without which certain things cannot be accomplished. You want more priests, you need more Catholic parents raising Catholic boys, who actually understand and value the priesthood. [Side note: we currently have one of the best ever priest : parishioner ratios in the U.S.]

Similarly, you don’t have Catholic schools without Catholic faculty. So, if we “need faithful Catholic schools,” then what we are really saying is that we need Catholic teachers, because they are the constitutive elements that make for a school which is Catholic. You know what’s not helping anyone, neglecting to correct the idea that one can be Catholic while disbelieving and not professing “all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.”

And this situation is remarkably bad because countless children and parents are exposed to a caricature of Catholicism in these schools, but they are under the impression that, since they’re parochial schools, “this is Catholicism.” The result is anti-evangelization. Few things are presently so damaging to the Church and her evangelical mission as the misrepresentation of Catholicism by faculty at nominally Catholic schools, under the implicit approval of Catholic dioceses.

Legalese Can Sound Pretty Harsh

A legislator (literally: “proposer of law”) recently said that, “The state doesn’t own your children; parents own the children, and it is an issue of freedom.” The response from some people has been to characterize the legislator’s idea as a form of slavery. [Why didn’t they just go all the way down that road to the eventual Hitler references?]

Not that it takes two brain cells to know that this legislator does not think of his children as slaves, but I thought I would note something in the legislator’s defense:

From a legal standpoint, he is right!

Some people might not like it, but the whole reason that parents have the power to make virtually every decision for their minor children is that the *legal reality* is that children are property. They certainly are more than that, even from a legal standpoint, but nothing changes the fact that the law has for centuries dealt with children as property of the parent. Property on a different plane than regular, inanimate possessions, but property all the same. Dogs are property too, and even they have more rights than a TV. Children should be treated far better than a television, and even far better than a pet — and the law demands it, because the law recognizes the child’s personhood. Yet none of that contradicts the legal property aspect. Have I ever thought of my own kids as property? No, not really, because I have never considered them from a legal standpoint. You know who is prone to think of children from a legal standpoint — and for whom I hope that he/she does think of children from a legal standpoint? A legislator.


The state demands that we treat our children as persons, even while maintaining that they are our property. “Put your kid in a child-seat.” Why? Because despite the parent’s legal property rights over the child, that child is a person with certain rights that are greater than property rights. The kid has a right to be free from abuse and undue risk, so you need to put him in a car-seat.

The state has the responsibility of securing the rights of all people, even and especially those who are vulnerable, such as children, the elderly, the disabled, etc. So, the state demands car seats, and the state demands an education be provided. The state even demands medical attention when necessary. But the state is not and should not be stepping on the property rights of the parent. The state should only be acting to protect the personal rights of the children. It may be nuanced; it may be complex, but it is the legal reality. And I hope it stays that way, because if it goes, I’ll no longer have the right to decide how to raise my children.


Side note: Do you know which rights can in some instances trump the state’s right and responsibility to dictate certain things of a parent in regard to his child?  The first right.  The right enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  The right to free exercise of religion.