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Brave Cardinal Pell challenges Pope Francis’s dogma on climate change
Damian Thompson, The Spectator

‘The Church has got no mandate from the Lord to pronounce on scientific matters.’ In that one sentence, Cardinal Pell puts his finger on what is wrong with Laudato Si‘, Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment. In that document, Francis waded into an argument about climate change and took sides. Moreover, he gave the impression that he was speaking for all Catholics when he did so; and, if by any chance he wasn’t, errant faithful should fall into line.

Pell criticizes the “Laudato Si'” encyclical
Andrea Nornielli, Vatican Insider

The British daily reminds readers that in the past, Pell “has been criticised for being a climate change sceptic”. However, straight after making those statements, which may have given the impression that the Australian cardinal was distancing himself from the contents of Francis’ encyclical, he acknowledged that the “Laudato Si’” was “very well received” and the Pope had “beautifully set out our obligations to future generations and our obligations to the environment”.

Catholics can respectfully disagree with Pope Francis on economics
Fr. John Zuhlsdorg, Fr. Z’s Blog

One can be a devout Catholic and disagree thoughtfully and respectfully with Francis’ economic-political outlook. Moral and ethical conclusions about the actual functioning of domestic economies, international banking, and global largely fall in the realm of prudential judgment. [Exactly.] Should American investors buy foreign bonds? Should corporations build factories in poor countries? Should governments sign free-trade agreements with neighboring states? All of that is up for free discussion and debate.

Heed climate change science echoed in call of faith: Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson, USA Today

A few weeks have gone by now that Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology and climate change was published. The importance lingers. As a Catholic, I admit that I was moved and excited to see that this important message focused exclusively for the first time on the moral urgency of our environmental problems. As a papal document that defines the Church’s stance on a subject, the encyclical could have a transformative effect on the climate change conversation.

Climate change is ruse for ceding sovereignty
Mary T. Burke, NWI Times

The media gave full coverage to the Pope’s new crusade, while totally ignoring a February report from Britain’s Telegraph showing how climate data from reporting stations in South America has been changed — mysteriously increased to show higher temperatures in recent years. For instance, Iceland’s frigid “sea ice years” around 1970 are missing from the station’s new, corrupted statistics.

California governor says ‘Laudato Si” was necessary wake-up call
Cindy Wooden, National Catholic Reporter

Brown was scheduled to speak July 21 and 22 at meetings organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on climate change, human trafficking and the U.N.’s sustainable development goals. Most of the participants were mayors from about 60 cities around the world.

For G.O.P., Pope Francis’ Visit to Congress Comes With Tensions
Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times

When Pope Francis comes to Capitol Hill in September, he will be the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress, where more than 30 percent of the members are Catholic. The visit will fulfill a long-held dream of Mr. Boehner, who says only his working-class roots as a bar owner’s son are more essential to his core than his Catholic upbringing. He has extended offers to popes for the last 20 years, and Francis, after taking nearly a year to consider, was the first to accept.

World Mayors at Vatican Seek ‘Bold Climate Agreement’
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press

Dozens of mayors from around the world demanded Tuesday that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks this year, saying that could be the last chance to keep the Earth’s warming to levels still safe for humanity.

Cardinal Tagle writes letter on Laudato Si’
Catholic World New

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila recently wrote a letter to Caritas Internationalis on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s second encyclical. Cardinal Tagle, who serves as the president of the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies, said that “Pope Francis called each of us to undertake a mission to save the planet, our relationship with God and our human family. He gave us a reminder to ‘take the trash out of our lives’ and clean it up out of everyone else’s so we can live as one human family in dignity and in unity.”

“In some parts of the world babies are born, children grow up and adults face the end of their lives living and working in the poisonous waste created and discarded by others,” Cardinal Tagle added. “In other parts people live on a tightrope between floods and droughts and grave injustices. In these places, life is slowly strangled from the very beginning. This is not God’s design for humanity and the Earth.”

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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