Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew receives interfaith environmental honor
Bartholomew said he was “pleased to learn of the very recent Clean Power Plan of President Obama, which is a significant step in the right direction for the United States of America and which is already approved by the U. N.”
Pope designates Sept. 1 as World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation
Cindy Wooden, National Catholic Reporter
Like their Orthodox brothers and sisters, Catholics formally will mark Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis has decided.The day of prayer, the pope said, will give individuals and communities an opportunity to implore God’s help in protecting creation and an opportunity to ask God’s forgiveness “for sins committed against the world in which we live.”
Should we heed the pope’s climate change message? Yes
Michael E. Kraft, Arizona Daily Sun
Pope Francis argues that markets often fail to bring out the best in us, and he is right about that. Yet moral injunctions alone cannot move societies toward a low-carbon future.
Should we heed the pope’s climate change message? No
Catherine Snow, Arizona Daily Sun
These are challenging times for some faithful Catholics such as me. Because, while I have utmost respect and love for our popular, approachable pontiff, I believe he has been sadly misinformed about climate change, as evidenced in his encyclical on the environment released in June.
Environment Focus Of Recent Encyclical
Tim Kowols, Door County Daily News
Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change has Catholics around the state talking about the environment. The 184-page document released on June 18 says “climate change is a global problem with grave implications” and that the international community has not acted enough to address the issues. Skeptic or not, Wisconsin Catholic Conference Executive Director John Huebscher says people are taking notice of its importance.
Protecting the environment goes beyond climate change
Michael Swan, The Catholic Register
Whether motivated by Canadian garbage, Canadian mines or devastating typhoons linked to global warming, Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical has emboldened the fight in the Philippines for environmental justice, said an advisor to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.