EcoLinks 06.18.15
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EcoLinks 06.18.15

Laudato Si (Praised Be You) Released Today
After much anticipation and some trepidation, Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, was published today. Today’s EcoLinks focuses on key quotes, summaries and public reactions.

Key excerpts from a draft of Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment
David Gibson and Rosie Scammell, The Washington Post

“I am aware that some people strongly refute the idea of a Creator on political or intellectual grounds, or consider it irrelevant. … However, science and religion, which offer different approaches to reality, can enter into an intense and productive dialogue with each other.” (ThinkProgress)

Pope delivers strong message on climate change
Business Spectator

Samuel Gregg, a Catholic who serves as director of research for the Acton Institute, a conservative ecumenical think tank that advocates for a free market, took exception to the pope’s economic premises, saying that Pope Francis has “significant blind spots” with regard to market economies. “When you read through the text, you find the free market, and finance in particular, is identified more or less as responsible for many environmental problems,” Dr Gregg said. “It’s almost a subterranean theme of the encyclical …In many respects it’s a caricature of market economies.”

Sister Earth. The “Green” Encyclical of Pope Francis
Sandro Magister, Chiesa Expresso Online

Pages selected from the letter “Laudato si’” addressed by the pope to “every person living on this planet.” In parentheses, the numbers of the paragraphs from which the passages were taken.

Guidance Map for Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’
Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register

This text is a useful guide for an initial reading of the Encyclical. It will help you to grasp the overall development and identify the basic themes. The first two pages are an overview of Laudato si’ (literally “Be praised” or better, “Praise be to you”). Then for each of the six chapters, there is a one-page summary which gives the argument or main points and some key passages.

Conferenza Stampa per la presentazione della Lettera Enciclica «Laudato si’» del Santo Padre Francesco sulla cura della casa comune, 18.06.2015
Vatican Press Office

Their presence and what they say will remind us that, from the very beginning, the Encyclical Laudato si’ on care for our common home brings into dialogue all people, organizations and institutions that share this same concern. They address different perspectives, but the world situation leads us to discover that these perspectives are ever more intertwined and complementary: the riches of faith and of spiritual tradition, the seriousness of scientific research, the concrete efforts at various levels, all for an equitable and sustainable development.

On Planet in Distress, a Papal Call to Action
Laurie Goodstein and Justin Gillis, The New York Times

By invoking “Pacem in Terris,” or “Peace on Earth,” one of the most famous encyclicals ever issued and one addressed to the world, Pope Francis is making it clear he wants his document to be a historic watershed.

Pope Francis Releases ‘Laudato Si’ Encyclical And Lays Out Moral Case For Addressing Climate Change
Jaweed Kaleem, Huffington Post

In the lengthy treatise, more broadly addressed to “every person” who lives on Earth, the pope lays out a moral case for supporting sustainable economic and population growth as part of the church’s mission and humanity’s responsibility to protect God’s creation for future generations.

The Pope Might Save the Planet… if You Would Join an Interfaith Effort to Support His Direction!
Rabbi Michael Learner, Huffington Post

So I invite you to become a member of the NSP–Network of Spiritual Progressives at You don’t have to
believe in God or be part of a religious or spiritual community to be a spiritual progressives–you only have to embrace the New Bottom Line articulated above–so the NSP is not only interfaith and welcoming people from every religious community in the world, but also welcoming to secular
humanists and atheists who want the kind of world we are seeking.

Reactions to Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change
The New York Times

The United Nations released a statement by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcoming the encyclical on climate change. The secretary general wrote that he agreed that humanity had a “significant obligation” to take care of the earth, and he urged governments to reach a climate agreement in Paris this year.

Climate-change theorist named to Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Catholic World News

Hans Joachim Schnellnhuber, a German physicist and prominent voice on climate change, has been named by Pope Francis as a member of the
Pontifical Academy of Sciences.Schnellnhuber is the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and chairman of the German Advisory
Council on Global Change. Last week the Vatican announced that he would be one of the speakers at the June 18 press conference introducing Laudato Si,
the new papal encyclical on the environment.

Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change
Jim Yrdley and Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times

The vision that Francis outlined in the 184-page encyclical is sweeping in ambition and scope: He described a relentless exploitation and destruction of the environment, for which he blamed apathy, the reckless pursuit of profits, excessive faith in technology and political shortsightedness. The most vulnerable victims are the world’s poorest people, he declared, who are being dislocated and disregarded.

Jeb Bush’s Response to Pope Francis’s Climate Change Encyclical Is Hogwash
Christopher J. Hale, Time

Here we go again. Two weeks after Rick Santorum said Pope Francis should “leave science to scientists,” another Catholic Republican presidential candidate has pushed back on Pope Francis’s upcoming June 18 encyclical letter on climate change.

Will Pope’s Much-Anticipated Encyclical Be A Clarion Call On Climate Change?
Sylvia Poggioli, National Pubic Radio

Francis has made it clear that he believes climate change is mostly man-made.”It’s man,” he said earlier this year, “who has slapped nature in the face.”

Pope Francis Climate Change Encyclical: Divided Catholics, Church Hierarchy May Challenge Environmental Call In US
Lora Mofta, International Business Times

As one of the most anticipated encyclicals ever, Francis’ “Laudato Sii” (“Praise Be to You”) will get a lot of attention from the church faithful, but it might not necessarily herald a massive shift in Catholic public opinion about climate change, according to Bill Portier, a professor of Catholic theology at the University of Dayton. “Whatever culture war side you’re on in this argument is going to have a whole lot to do with how you receive what the encyclical teaches,” he said.

Will Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical Challenge Skeptics In The U.S.?
Mary Wisniewski, Reuters

A Pew Research Center poll released on Tuesday found that 45 percent of Americans and 47 percent of U.S. Catholics attribute global warming to human causes.

The papal encyclical: What is an ‘encyclical’?
Doyle Rice, USA Today

As its name implies, an encyclical is a “circular letter” to be spread throughout a community. (The word comes from the Greek egkyklios, with kyklos meaning a circle.)

Papal encyclical on climate change highlights rift within Church
Eric J. Lyman, USA Today

“People don’t leak documents because they like them. They do it because they want the document scrutinized,” said Robert Mickens, a longtime Vatican watcher who is editor of Global Pulse magazine. “You have to remember, this encyclical is a big deal first and foremost because it’s so controversial for so many Catholics.”

As Pope releases climate change message, CCL volunteers head to DC
Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapters throughout the U.S. will travel to Washington to meet with members of Congress and press for legislation that places a fee on carbon and returns revenue to households.

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.