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


June 20th, 2017

Preaching truth today

Preaching truth today

What is preaching truth today?  One aspect is being honest and direct about what 1.5 C means.  Is it adequate to just pray or talk about “care for creation”?  Would it be more responsible for the next generation and more honest, if we said, keeping temperature increase to 1.5 C means getting off of fossil […]


June 19th, 2017

On the Universal Destination of Goods

An excerpt from Nathan Schneider, in America Magazine and at the P2p Foundation, on the Universal Destination of Goods — June 2017 Natural Law and the Tax Code The latest edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church contains, among its many now-peculiar-sounding phrases, a doctrine called the “universal destination of goods.” Says the catechism: “In […]


June 19th, 2017

Catholic ExxonMobil shareholders and activists push through climate resolution

“I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20). By Brian Roewe, NCR, 13 June 2017 An ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, seen from […]


June 19th, 2017

Living lives of radical availability

By Linda Buck for Global Sisters Report, 6 June 2017:  Pioneers in the 21st century: The Leadership Collaborative setting hearts ablaze Women religious who have gone before us — our foremothers — are pioneers (are they not still with us?) Religious sisters have been in liminal space, or on the edge, for centuries, and this […]


June 18th, 2017

St. Bonaventure: as a human being, Christ has something in common with all creatures. With the stone he shares existence; with plants he shares life; with animals he shares sensation; and with the angels he shares intelligence. Therefore, all things are said to be transformed in Christ since­–in his human nature–he embraces something of every creature in himself

For as a human being, Christ has something in common with all creatures. With the stone he shares existence; with plants he shares life; with animals he shares sensation; and with the angels he shares intelligence. Therefore, all things are said to be transformed in Christ since­–in his human nature–he embraces something of every creature […]


June 18th, 2017

Future local climate unlike currently observed anywhere

Dahinden, F. et al. (2017) Future local climate unlike currently observed anywhere, Environmental Research Letters, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa75d7 40% more CO2 and 150% more methane in the atmosphere than 200 years ago, not to mention CFCs and refridgerants, 20K people died in Europe’s biggest heat waves. India is now two and a half times more likely to […]


June 18th, 2017

72% of US adults think America should take “aggressive action” against global warming caused by climate change, according to a new poll

© Getty Seventy-two percent of U.S. adults think America should take “aggressive action” against global warming caused by climate change, according to a new poll. Forty-six percent in the Reuters/Ipsos survey released Tuesday “strongly agree” the U.S. should take “aggressive action” on climate change, while 26 percent “somewhat agree.” Eighteen percent disagree, with 8 percent “strongly” disagreeing […]


June 18th, 2017

Sociology of the Smart Phone, from Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life by Adam Greenfield

Excerpts from a very long piece called Sociology of the Smart Phone, from Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life by Adam Greenfield Once each of the unremarkable acts we undertake in the course of the day—opening the front door, buying the groceries, hopping onto the bus—has been reconceived as a digital transaction, it tends to dematerialize. The separate, […]


June 18th, 2017

A compass for a Life-Affirming Economy

From Spain…by Ferananda Ibarra This is an invitation to stand at the intersection of Self, Culture, and Science and imagine what flourishing in a life-affirming economy would be like. Interrelatedness, diversity, and creativity are patterns of nature; and this intelligent design is reflected in a life-affirming economy. Through wise use of technology people are moving from […]


June 17th, 2017

How Standing Rock became a spiritual pilgrimage for activists and Catholics

By Eileen Markey America Magazine, June 14, 2017 In December 2016, when thousands of Native Americans, environmental activists and their supporters were camped on the high plains of North Dakota hoping to stymie an oil pipeline mapped beneath the drinking water source of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, a Lakota spiritual leader, addressed […]

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