Pope Francis is set to issue an encyclical in a few weeks or months that will focus attention on the ecological crisis. The debates about the meaning of this document have already begun, even though we have yet to see the text! While the tone of this article is a bit defensive, I appreciate the general point being made here that Popes Benedict and Francis, not to mention John Paul II, are of one mind when it comes to ecology.
Footnote (Jan. 8): There has been a small tsunami of content analyzing an encyclical that does not exist yet(!) So far, this piece by Michael S. Winters does the best job of analyzing the shortcomings of the Pope's critics.