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

August 27th, 2015

Wenski calls for those speaking to “people in the pews” to foster “ecological conversion”

Archbishop Wenski spoke to archdiocesan staff at the 2015 Bridging the Gap conference, held Aug. 5 at Msgr. Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens.  His remarks were followed by responses from Pastoral Center department heads, regarding how they were planning to implement Laudato Si’ in their respective ministries.  This is a rich and complex document — one […]

August 27th, 2015

Pope Francis’ statement on his encyclical: God gives us the gift of creation to build a “we”, with God, with others, with the earth. Care and protection are requirements.

Nineteen days after his encyclical was published the Pope made his first extensive remarks on Laudato Si’, what was taken as his definitive statement on the document. Here is the Vatican translation of the address to educators, bishops and priests, professors, students, and friends: I am very happy to be here with you this afternoon at the Pontifical Catholic […]

August 27th, 2015

French Catholics Launch a Bridge between Catholic faith and decay, radical ecology and theology

GCCM’s friends in France have a blog called:  Un Pont lancé…entre foi catholique et décroissance, écologie radicale et théologie, or in English: Launched a Bridge between Catholic faith and decay, radical ecology and theology. We will cover some highlights in future blogposts here.  In the meantime, some of the resources available at the site include the […]

August 27th, 2015

African Sisters’ Action for the Environment

From Africa, a reflection from Sr.  Agnes Wamuyu Ngure cross-posted from “The rich grow richer, and the poor poorer. The desert, high temperatures and floods incomparable to that of Noah’s day all encroach us from every side; our natural habitation and all its wealth is decaying and we almost consciously see our end — but […]

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 […]

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