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To: Pope Francis

Declare Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., a Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church.

Teilhard is already, in all but name, justly acclaimed as a Teacher par excellence of the universal Christian Church. Therefore, we ask His Holiness Pope Francis to declare him a Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church.

Why is this important?

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J. (1881-1955), priest, geologist, paleontologist, philosopher, theologian, and mystic, was both a distinguished scientist and one of the most influential and visionary thinkers that the Catholic Church produced in the twentieth century. Grounded in the theology of St. Paul, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Ignatius Loyola and informed by the modern scientific discovery of cosmic and organic evolution, Teilhard created a pioneering synthesis of religious and scientific thought that many have found to be profoundly fruitful. His concept of the “noosphere” was startlingly prescient in its anticipation of the Internet, the World Wide Web, and other forms of electronic communication that have truly unified humanity as a single community of thought. He is recognized by many scientists and theologians as one of those whose ideas paved the way for the work of the Second Vatican Council, whose 50th anniversary has just been celebrated.

Teilhard’s synthesis continues to stimulate theological thought, inside the Catholic Church and beyond, including notably the development in recent decades of vigorous scholarly and popular movements of evolutionary theology and creation spirituality. His hopeful eschatological vision continues to inspire people throughout the world. For these reasons, Teilhard is already, in all but name, justly acclaimed as a Teacher par excellence of the universal Christian Church.

Doctors of the Church comprise about three dozen ecclesiastical writers, from early Christian to modern times, who have been honored posthumously by popes or general councils with that title due to the integrity of their faith, eminent learning, and personal holiness. Although those formally designated in the past as Doctors of the Church had previously been canonized, there is no requirement for this in Canon Law. Therefore, we respectfully and earnestly petition His Holiness Pope Francis to declare Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., a Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Reasons for signing

  • Teilhard has (for me) made an understanding of what is G_d possible. The childish concept of "the bloke upstairs recording (mainly) black marks against people in line for horrendous punishment never made sense . . yet the church/es continue to purvey this rubbish . . . and they wonder why is does not succeed. Teilhard starts in a different place, and helps individuals to finish up with a workable understanding.
  • Teilhard founded my Faith on a basis that I find convincing and inspiring. I recognize Truth in what he says and believes.
  • I’ve studied Teilhard for years. I’m a trained embryologist, and his perspective is embryological. He uses the differentiation that we see in embryonic development to drive creation toward increased levels of complexity. I also believe that he is one of the prominent thinkers of his time and that his work is both original and enduring.

Updates

2017-11-19 20:41:12 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2017-10-05 16:47:20 -0400

500 signatures reached

2016-08-28 09:08:25 -0400

100 signatures reached

2016-06-24 12:36:28 -0400

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2016-06-20 14:30:38 -0400

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2016-05-25 20:01:13 -0400

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