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

June 16th, 2017

Living Laudato Si’ in Fearless Cities

Notes from the concluding panel discussion at the Fearless Cities conference, June 11th. See introduction post here. Speakers: Vandana Shiva, Philosopher and Activist Laura Pérez, Councilor for Feminisms and LGBTI, Barcelona City Council Valery Alzaga, Labour organizer and migrant rights activist Rachel Heaton, Co-founder, Seattle NoDAPL Coalition Fatima Taleb, Councilor for Participation, Badalona City Council […]

June 16th, 2017

Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Laudato Si’ – Summary and highlights

From Caring for our Common Home:  A Readers’ Guide & Commentary on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment, by Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, with additional quotes from Laudato Si’, USCCB, guides by the Columbans and Franciscans, and from Henry J. Longbottom SJ.  Email marie (at) if you want the 21 page Word doc. The pope […]

June 16th, 2017

Neighbors and communities come together to Live Laudato Si’

From La Croix, June 2017 The group of families established a Christian “oasis” in August 2016 when they moved into several neighboring houses in the village of La Bénisson-Dieu in the Loire region in France. It was the “rather crazy” challenge of living the vision of Laudato Si’ that led a group of families to […]

June 13th, 2017

Making a just transition: provisions to incorporate when implementing energy projects or programs in your area

Provisions to keep in mind/incorporate when putting projects or programs in place, to accomplish the energy transition in your area: Require labor standards on construction projects that government funds, incentivizes, or mandates to save energy or meet GHG reduction targets.  Require a community workforce agreement (CWA), or similar arrangements that include labor standards and targeted/local […]

June 13th, 2017

Naomi Klein: There has to be a boldness and a recapturing of the utopian imagination

In 2015 after release of Laudato Si’, the Vatican invited Naomi Klein to be a keynote speaker.  She has a new book coming out this month.  An excerpt of a piece in The Guardian this week follows. ..Her (Naomi Klein’s) 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine, argued that neoliberal capitalism, the ideological love affair with free markets […]

June 12th, 2017

This economy kills: What matter are the material conditions that allow one to participate and flourish across the various dimensions of life in a specific time and place

By Tony Annett, excerpt from his article in Commonweal, 5 June 2017 Catholic social teaching insists that economic activity be ordered toward the common good. One aspect of this is “social democracy” or the “social-market economy”—a market economy, yes, but one in which the state ensures that goods and services essential to human flourishing but not […]

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