EcoLinks 06.11.15
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EcoLinks 06.11.15

Pope’s new encyclical will provoke backlash, says Peruvian archbishop
Catholic Herald

Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, told Catholic News Service: “(The encyclical) will have many critics, because they want to continue setting rules of the game in which money takes first place. We have to be prepared for those kinds of attacks.”

Protecting the Whole of Creation
La Civiltà Cattolica

In many societies, from the 1970s to the beginning of the 1990s, awareness of ecological threats grew consistently and progressively. Saint John Paul II was the first pope to talk about the consequences of industrial growth, massive urban concentrations and vastly increased energy needs.

Martyred American nun could be the patron saint of the pope’s eco-encyclical
John L. Allen Jr, Crux

On Thursday, however, Francis provided an indirect clue that there’s another strong candidate as the patron, someone much closer in time though not yet formally declared a saint: Sister Dorothy Stang, an American missionary nun assassinated in Brazil in 2005 for defending the Amazon rainforest and the rights of poor farmers.

Halki Summit II: Reconciling Sacredness and Beauty
Rev. John Chryssavgis, OMHKSEA

Kazantzakis retains a powerful spiritual worldview of the divine seed in the world, whereby nature is the only premise and promise for either salvation or destruction; it is not a finished product, but a moving ground, a process of continuous self-transcendence and transformation.

Bishops briefed on rollout of environmental encyclical at spring meeting
Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter

Asked about suggestions that pieces of the encyclical can be ignored or fall under the scope of prudential judgment, [Miami Archbishop Thomas] Wenski said he finds it interesting that some make those arguments without having read the encyclical. He added that the pope is approaching the issue not as a scientist or politician, but as a pastor and teacher. He said he hoped that method would “transcend” partisan categories in the ecological and climate change debates.

Yeb Saño: climate change is the biggest problem we face as a human family
Monica Tan, The Guardian

The topic of this encyclical was determined in 2014, after the pope’s March visit to Tacloban, a Philippine city devastated by Haiyan. A week before its release, the pope has already faced a backlash for his decision, with conservative US thinktanks and evangelical Christian leaders criticising him for getting involved in what they view as a “political issue”.

Ahead Of Pope’s Encyclical, Few U.S. Catholics Hear Climate Change Discussed In Church
Antonia Blumberg, The Huffington Post

Even with the papal letter on the horizon, more than one-third of Catholics think religious leaders should avoid taking a stand on climate change, the YouGov poll found.

Pope Francis might try to talk about climate change with Stephen Harper
CBC News

Harper’s meeting with the Pope comes days after he agreed to a G7 commitment to deep cuts in carbon emissions by 2050 — with an eventual stop in the use of fossil fuels by the end of the century.

Vatican announces plans for release of pope’s eco-encyclical
Inés San Martín, Crux

German Prof. John Schellnhuber, founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and a member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, also will be part of the June 18 panel. Schellnhuber was among the scientists who took part in a summit co-sponsored by the Vatican and the UN.

Climate Change Is A ‘Moral Issue,’ Says Archbishop On Papal Encyclical
Robert Siegel, NPR

Well, I think the church has always been on the side of science over the years, and this is certainly one that the science is telling us some things that require us to credential action. Of course, the pope is not a scientist, but neither is he a politician. He’s a pastor and a teacher, and so he’s going to approach this from that perspective. And climate change touches human beings, touches issues of human flourishing and therefore is a moral issue.

To Serve and to Keep: Responding to Pope Francis’ Call to Become Protectors of Creation
Rabbi Lawrence Troster and Jeff Odell Korgen, Huffington Post

Most of the run-up to Pope Francis’ ecology encyclical Laudato Sii (Praised Be), due to appear on June 18, has focused on issues of natural ecology like climate change, fracking, and mining. But the encyclical will also call our attention to human ecology –how we treat each other — and its relationship to the environment. Pope Francis calls this “integral ecology.”

Bishops urged to help Catholics understand upcoming encyclical
Carol Zimmerman, Catholic News Service

Pope Francis will challenge the assumptions of “both the left and the right” with the document, said Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.

Portland mayor to meet pope on climate change
Catholic Sentinel

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is among more than a dozen leaders of world cities who have been invited to the Vatican to talk about climate change with Pope Francis.

Catholics organize to promote pope’s climate change message
Rachel Zoll, The Advertiser News

“This is such a powerful moment,” said Patrick Carolan, executive director of Franciscan Action Network, a Washington-based advocacy group formed by Franciscan religious orders. “We’re asking ourselves, `What would be the best way for us to support the faith community in getting this out and using it as a call to action?”

Hope rises that papal encyclical will address vitality of water sources
Barbara J. Fraser, Catholic News Service

“It’s over-simplistic to blame the Syrian civil war and the rise of (the Islamic State) on (climate change), but it is a major part,” [Anthony Annett, climate change and sustainable development adviser to the Earth Institute at Columbia University and to the non-profit Religions for Peace] said.

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. He was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2011 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 five 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 Flint, Mich., with his wife Katherine.