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Leak of Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change Hints at Tensions in Vatican
Jim Yardley and Elisabetta Povoledo, The New York Times

Who leaked it and why? Was this the work of frustrated conservatives in the Vatican, as some experts have speculated? Does it portend big fights at a pivotal October meeting in which church officials are expected to grapple with homosexuality and divorce? Or is it just a tempest in a teapot?

Jeb Bush calls out Pope Francis on climate change
Anthony Terrell, MSNBC

“I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home, but I don’t get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope,” Bush said. “And I’d like to see what he says as it relates to climate change and how that connects to these broader, deeper issue before I pass judgment. But I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm.”

Bush is latest Republican to criticize Pope Francis’ climate encyclical
Joel Connelly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Republican presidential candidate is the latest to criticize Pope Francis. Another Catholic GOP hopeful, ex-Sen. Rick Santorum, has said the church should stay focused on “what we’re really good at, theology and morality.”

Pope Francis’ climate change document aimed at hearts, says Genesis’ Sister Elizabeth Oleksak
Anne-Gerard Flynn, MassLive.com

Sister of Providence Elizabeth Oleksak, former director of Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center, believes Pope Francis’ much
anticipated teaching document on climate change will be more pastoral than political.

“Pope Calls for Action on Climate Change in Draft Encyclical”
Society of Environmental Journalists

The Vatican said the document, leaked in its Italian edition by the magazine l’Espresso, was not the final version, which would remain under embargo until its release on Thursday.

Pope Francis’ Letter on Climate Change Leaked
Andrea Thompson, Weather Underground

It is hoped by many in those communities that Francis’s message will provide a much-needed push to international climate negotiations, which have proceeded in fits and starts. A recent meeting Germany resulted in broad pronouncements of a need to phase out greenhouse gas-emitting fuels, but there is still uncertainty about an international agreement to be hammered out in December at a critical meeting in Paris.

Whodunit playing out as Vatican reels from encyclical leak
Nicole Winfield, AP

There’s something of a whodunit going on in the Vatican to discover who leaked Pope Francis’ environment encyclical to an Italian newsweekly, deflating the release of the most anticipated and feared papal document in recent times.

Daily Briefing | Pope Francis warns of destruction of world’s ecosystem in leaked encyclical
The Carbon Brief

In it, Pope Francis puts much of the blame for global warming on human activity and calls on all humans, not just Roman Catholics, to prevent the destruction of the ecosystem before the end of the century, the BBC reports. The draft says population growth isn’t to blame for ecological problems, but rather the wasteful behaviour of the rich.

Why The Pope’s Stand On Climate Change Matters
Adam Frank, WHRO

Pope Francis appears ready to argue that since the science is long settled, it’s now time to turn the discussion about climate change in a much different direction. Now we must ask ourselves what — based on our deepest values — are we obliged to do about it?

Pope Francis’ New York visit will delay Billy Joel gig
Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News

The Billy Joel concert scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25 has been bumped to the next day to make way for another headliner — the Holy Father.

On Thursday, Laudato Sii is expected to be officially released by the Vatican…
Abbey Roads

“… ‘Supposing the Pope looked up and saw a cloud and said ‘It’s going to rain’, would that be bound to happen?’ ‘Oh, yes, Father.’ ‘But supposing it didn’t?’ He thought a moment and said, “I suppose it would be sort of raining spiritually, only we were too sinful to see it.'” – Fr. Mowbray, Brideshead Revisited

Bruce Edward Walker has more than 30 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including reference books, newspapers, magazines, media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on nonscientific subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including study guides for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He has also authored more than 100 critical biographies of authors and musicians for Gale Research's Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Musicians reference-book series. Most recently, he was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2007 as editor of Michigan Science, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication. Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. For the past three years, he has authored a weekly column for the mid-Michigan Morning Sun newspaper. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Midland, Mich., with his wife Katherine.

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