Catholic perspectives on climate change and our responsibility to care for creation.

August 16th, 2015

Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis, Jewish-Catholic Encyclical Guide, and other resources

See the  Rabbinic Letter on the Climate Crisis.   A Guide to Jewish-Catholic Dialogue on the Encyclical is available online too. In Thou Shalt Conserve Energy, Rabbi Fred Dobb provides contextual evidence from the Talmud and Torah that caring for environmental issues is an essential part of Judaism.  Understanding the physical action and consequences of climate […]

August 16th, 2015

Laudato Si’ Ch. 1: Facts more important than theory

Jesuit Fr. Tom Reese has composed a series of reflections on Laudato Si’, published in the National Catholic Reporter.   His reflection on the first chapter of Laudato Si’ is cross-posted below. “Facts are more important than ideas” is a statement from Pope Francis that one would have never heard from Popes Benedict XVI or […]

August 16th, 2015

Laudato Si’ Ch. 2: Humans Must Care for Creation and Share Its Fruits — On Care, Sabbath, Relationship, Life, & the Common Good

This is the second of a series of columns on the chapters of Laudato Si’, published in the National Catholic Reporter.  The first chapter was examined in “Pope Francis: ‘Facts are more important than ideas.’ .   New Zealand bishops who asked “what the commandment ‘Thou shall not kill’ means when 20 percent of the world’s population consumes […]

August 13th, 2015

Climate Change Manifested in Load Shedding and Rural Losses in Zambia

There are many speculations surrounding load shedding in Zambia. Some people associate it to leadership failure while others feel it is a natural occurrence that will pass.  This write up, however, gives a reflection on load shedding from a young, African, Catholic’s perspective in relation to climate change. The majority of Zambians depend on hydroelectric […]

August 13th, 2015

Cardinal Hummes supports Catholic Climate Petition

[Em português abaixo] August 13, 2015 – During the XVII Annual General Meeting of the Franciscan Family of Brazil (FFB), Cardinal Hummes signed and promoted the petition by the Global Catholic Climate Movement which invites political leaders from around the world to make concrete commitments to address the urgent climate crisis and commit to help poorest […]

August 13th, 2015

Catholics in Action: Diocese of Orange, Calif. USA: It’s up to all of us!

Before an audience of nearly 200 people, Sister Nadine McGuinness sat onstage Saturday at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove and said it is up to all of us to take on what she called global climate change. “The pope,” said the Sisters of St. Joseph nun, “is very concerned that every single living person is […]

August 12th, 2015

African bishops & theologians ask why sexuality is a pressing moral question but many Africans’ lack of water, food and shelter is not

African bishops, theologians, and ethicists gathered for the a third “Colloquium on Church, Religion, and Society in Africa” held since 2013.  The group’s motto is “Sustaining theological reflection and study at the service of the African and World Church.” This year discussions were to focus on questions of ecological destruction and religious fundamentalism, and how […]

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