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EcoLinks 06.19.15

Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change unveiled at Vatican – video

‘Laudato Si’,’ an Overview
Zenit News Agency

At the heart of the Pope’s reflections is the question: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” The answers he suggests call for profound changes to political, economic, cultural and social systems, as well as to our individual lifestyles.

Pope Francis Using Twitter to Bring About Global Dialogue He’s Called for on Climate
Zenit News Agency

Being able to promote the encyclical through Twitter is undoubtedly one of the occasions in which it is “right to rejoice in these [technological] advances and to be excited by the immense possibilities which they continue to open up before us, for ‘science and technology are wonderful products of a God-given human creativity'”

President of US Bishops’ Statement on ‘Laudato Si’
Zenit News Agency

Genuine efforts to true dialogue will require sacrifice and the confronting of good faith disagreements, but let us be encouraged that at “the heart of this world, the Lord of life, who loves us so much, is always present. He does not abandon us…he has united himself definitively to our earth, and his love constantly impels us to find new ways forward” (245). May we help answer Pope Francis’ call in this encyclical, receiving his message and growing in responsibility towards the common home that God has entrusted to us all.

Carbon week: The church of climatism
Nigel Lawson, Financial Post

How is it that much of the Western world, and Europe in particular, has succumbed to the self-harming collective madness that is the climate change orthodoxy? It is difficult to escape the conclusion that climate change orthodoxy has in effect become a substitute religion, attended by all the intolerant zealotry that has so often marred religion in the past, and in some places still does so today.

Republican presidential hopefuls on the hot seat, thanks to Pope Francis
Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post

Catholic politicians face a balancing act, given the popularity of a pope who had an approval rating of 86 percent among U.S. Catholics and 64 percent among Americans overall in a recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center.

CEO blasts Pope, White House over climate change
Neil Cavuto, Fox Business

Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray argues the Pope’s views on climate change will cause poverty.

Pope Francis’ Encyclical Is About More Than Climate Change. It’s About Culture
Ryan T. Anderson, The Daily Signal

Nevertheless, Francis is clear that “the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics.” Everyone concerned with the values Francis highlights will need to investigate the relevant empirical facts and consider, in light of them, which policies will best promote those values.

U.S. Catholics less positive toward pope on environment, sex abuse scandal than other issues
Michael Lipka, Pew Research Center

When it comes to environmental issues, Catholic Democrats are far more likely than Catholic Republicans to believe that global warming is happening, to see it as a very serious problem and to say it is caused by humans (much like members of the different parties in the general public). But partisan views are more similar on the question of whether Pope Francis is doing well addressing environmental issues. Among Catholic Democrats, 58% say the pope is doing a good or excellent job on the environment (including 21% “excellent”), while roughly half of Catholic Republicans say the same (51%, including 13% “excellent”).

What Pope Francis’ statement on climate change says about faith
Minnesota Public Radio

Guests: Michael Oppenheimer: Professor of geosciences and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Geosciences at Princeton University; Colleen Carpenter: Associate professor of theology at St. Catherine University; Ben Lowe: National organizer for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action.

Vatican says Jeb Bush should heed pope on climate change
John Follain and Alex Nussbaum, Bloomberg News

The remarks add to strain between the church and conservatives in the U.S., who have sought to minimize the impact of the pope’s message. Republicans, who traditionally opposed measures to cap greenhouse gases, more recently have attempted to sidestep the debate on global warming, with many saying they lack the scientific background to comment.

Pope Francis wants to roll back progress. Is the world ready?
Matthew Schmitz, The Washington Post

Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment, is the work of a profoundly pessimistic man. John Paul II may have spoken of the “culture of death” and Benedict XVI of the “dictatorship of relativism,” but not since the publication of the Syllabus of Errors in the nineteenth century has a leader of the Catholic church issued a document so imbued with foreboding. Critics will seize on his dark tone, but Francis’ letter offers a challenge worthy of serious consideration.

The Environmental Encyclical and the assault on Faith and Reason: The Gnostics have finally won
Streiff, RedState

Though 90% or so of the encyclical is very orthodox theology taken directly, more or less, from the Catechism, there is a percentage which is nearly pagan in its anthropomorphization of Earth. I found myself expecting to find Gaia appearing periodically in the text.

The 5 Most Important Points of Pope Francis’s Climate Change Encyclical
Christopher J. Hale, Time

Pope Francis’s groundbreaking encyclical letter on care for creation made its anticipated debut Thursday morning, and once again, the Bishop of Rome has delivered a masterpiece. The document will play a key role in United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference this November and will be a pivotal point of debate as the 2016 presidential campaign heats up here at home.

Conservative Media vs. The Pope: The Worst Reactions To Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical
Denise Robbins, Media Matters

Pope Francis has issued an encyclical on climate change that cites the scientific consensus that human activities are driving global warming and calls for reduced fossil fuel use in order to help the world’s poor. Based on a version of the encyclical that was leaked earlier in the week and closely matched the final version, Reuters reported that the encyclical shows that the pope “backs scientists who say global warming is mostly man-made and that developed countries have a particular responsibility to stem a trend that will hurt the poor the most.

Aquinas Response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Ecology
Aquinas College

Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology and climate change draws from the deep well of Church teaching on these issues. An encyclical is a letter from the pope that is typically addressed to “all people of goodwill,” and one of the highest levels of papal guidance to the Church and to people of goodwill.

Pope’s climate change encyclical could sway U.S. opinion: scientists
Mary Wisniewski, Reuters

Michael Greenstone, an economics professor who directs the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute, said it is becoming “increasingly uncomfortable and complicated” to deny climate change, and the pope’s statement will make it even harder.

Pope Francis plans for radical change in encyclical on caring for our common home
Caritas International

The encyclical touches on key aspects of Caritas’ work around the world such as the environment, labour exploitation, agriculture and social inequality. President of Catholic Relief Services/Caritas USA was one of the four people to present at the launch of the encyclical in the Vatican on Thursday.

How Pope Francis’ encyclical could affect more than just Catholics
Kelsey Dallas, Deseret News

The encyclical enters a heated political climate, and people who engage with the pope’s words should be careful to read it on its own terms, said Susannah Tuttle, director of North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light, an organization that works to put faith into action to improve the environment by reducing the carbon footprint of congregations and lobbying policymakers.

5 Key Things Pope Francis Says about Climate Change
Janet Redman, Institute for Policy Studies

Pope Francis boldly challenges us all to take an honest look inside our hearts and question the foundations of a society that has created wealth for some at the expense of others and “our common home” – the planet earth.

Governor Brown Issues Statement on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Climate Change
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

“In the face of the deep obsession with markets and material stuff, Pope Francis has called attention to our fundamental dependency on the natural environment. It’s now up to leaders in business and government – and wherever else – to join together and reverse our accelerating slide into climate disorder and widespread suffering.”

How Thick Is Pope Francis’s Bubble?
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

These are the sections in which Francis lays out what he sees as the facts about a global environmental crisis, and it is a series of blatantly one-sided errors and exaggerations, including many which have been well-discussed and refuted, even in the New York Times.

Holy Encyclicals And Hot Debates On The Federalist Radio Hour
The Federalist

Later in the program, former Ambassador Francis Rooney, the U.S. Delegate to The Holy See under President Bush, discusses Pope Francis’s recent climate change encyclical.

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.