Archive for the ‘Laudato Si’’ Tag

In Church of Climate Change, Good Catholics Must Practise and Preach

Ian Gill challenges Christians to “walk the talk” in this article published first in The Tyee on July 25, 2015:

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/07/25/Good-Catholics-Must-Practise-Preach/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=250715

Although Gill writes about the Roman Catholic Church, and the encyclical Laudato Si’, all Christian denominations in Canada seem to be complicit in their lack of advocacy for the health and welfare of the Earth that sustains us. We are not living with respect IN creation. Gill writes: “Here in Vancouver, birthplace not of Christ, but anyway Greenpeace, I have searched for signs that Rome’s encyclical on the environment hasn’t accidentally been tossed in the recyclical here in our self-styled Greenest City on Earth. The signs are not promising.”

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Is science policy a theological matter?

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With his latest statement on science, technology and the environment, Pope Francis has sought to change the debate on climate change. But his statement has broader significance for the way we think about the future.

More, from the Guardian, at: http://www.theguardian.com/science/political-science/2015/jun/23/is-science-policy-a-theological-matter

 

Save Thy Planet: The Gospel According to Francis

imagesCrawford Kilian has crafted an articulate analysis of the new encyclical by Pope Francis, and distilled some of the wisdom therein into the following:

“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”

“The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs to buy, own and consume.”

“Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is, first and foremost, up to us.”

“For indigenous communities, land is not a commodity, but a gift from God, a sacred space.”

“Earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone.”

“We should be particularly indignant at the enormous inequalities in our midst.”

“We have to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

Kilian writes that, “This is highly incendiary stuff, and the pope is clearly aware that not all his bishops and cardinals will want to propagate this kind of revolutionary faith. But his encyclical frequently credits the clergy of various nations (including the Canadian bishops) for their endorsements of countless key points. They are on his side whether they want to be or not.

Read more at: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/06/22/Pope-Save-Thy-Planet/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=220615