Property Rights Are Key to Answering Pope’s Call to Save the Amazon

In 2015 Pope Francis published encyclical Laudato Si  and stated that private property rights and markets were not fully compatible with sustanaible development and social justice and advocated more regulations for common good. Whaples and Summers of The Independent Institute explain that this is contrary  to the long tradition of the Catholic Church from Aquino (XIIIth Century to Leo XIIIth (Rerum Novarum) which supported private property as natural and inviulable. Pope Francis announced that the 2019 Synode of Bishops will discuss the shortcomings of property rights for the indigeneous groups in Amazon region. However for the time being illegal gold miners, poachers and corrupt offiicials and not legal property owners are the real danger.for narure and culture.