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

August 27th, 2015

Naomi Klein tells her story

In early July, the Vatican invited Naomi Klein to speak at a follow-up conference on the encyclical.  The following is an excerpt from a recent interview with Ms. Klein, in The Guardian: Naomi Klein on Climate Change. Ten years ago I was in New Orleans covering hurricane Katrina, I was writing the Shock Doctrine at the […]

August 27th, 2015

Laudato Si’ Ch 3: Summary and discussion guide on the human roots of the ecological crisis

The following summary and discussion guide was developed by GCCM, drawing on the many excellent resources available now from the Franciscans, the Columbans, parishes, Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese and other NCR commentators. This chapter gives an analysis of the current situation, “so as to consider not only its symptoms but also its deepest causes”(15),  “It […]

August 27th, 2015

Laudato Si’ Ch. 4: Integral ecology as a new paradigm of justice

This review of Chapter 4 of Laudato Si’ is combined from several excellent discussion guides, those of the Columbans, the Franciscans, USCCB, Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese, and other NCR commenters. The heart of what the Encyclical proposes is integral ecology as a new paradigm of justice; an ecology “which respects our unique place as human […]

August 26th, 2015

Fr. Charly and Argentina’s “villas miserias”: experiencing Christ

A taste of Buenos Aires with an exhibition by a priest from the peripheries Were it not for the venue’s roof, it really would have felt as though we were taking a stroll through Buenos Aires’ villas miserias, the poor quarters of the Argentinian capital. Fr. Carlos “Charly” Olivero is at the entrance waiting for […]

August 25th, 2015

Monseñor Oscar Ojea sumó su apoyo a la Petición Católica por el Clima

15 de agosto – San Isidro, Argentina – English translation at the bottom. La Petición Católica por el Clima sigue sumando adhesiones en todos los continentes. Esta vez fue el turno de Monseñor Oscar Ojea, Obispo de San Isidro y Presidente de Cáritas Argentina, quien firmó la petición durante la Jornada Anual Social 2015 de la Pastoral […]

August 24th, 2015

When pure religion is the enemy of good religion

The psalmist in this Sunday’s readings reminds us “One who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.” It is a very encouraging statement for those of us who measure our Christian worth based upon the things that we do in service of the Kingdom of God. In “Social Justice Christian” circles, there […]

August 18th, 2015

IPCC Oceans Lead Says World Must Decarbonize in 20 Years or Lose Coral Reefs

Series on the significance of 1.5 degrees C upper limit Cross-posted from Science Daily IPCC Lead Author of “Oceans” section says:  “This is a global emergency, which requires us to decarbonise within the next 20 years, or face temperatures that will eliminate ecosystems like coral reefs, and indeed many systems that humans depend on.” Speaking […]

August 18th, 2015

Water: Central Asia glaciers lost 27% of their mass in last 50 years

Cross-posted from Science Daily Along the Tien Shan, Central Asia’s largest mountain range, glaciers have lost 27% of their mass and 18% of their area during the last 50 years. An international research team led by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and including the institute of the French Centre National de la Recherche […]

August 18th, 2015

30% less precipitation in Central Andes future

Seasonal water shortages already occur in the Central Andes of Peru and Bolivia. By the end of the century, precipitation could fall by 30% according to an international team of researchers led by the University of Zurich. In a first for this region, the team compared current climate data with future climate scenarios and data extending […]

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