EcoLinks 07.13.15
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EcoLinks 07.13.15

Excerpts from Pope Francis speech attacking global economic order

Pope Francis made a sweeping speech on Thursday during his Latin American tour criticizing the global economic order and asking for forgiveness from indigenous peoples for crimes committed by the Church in the past…. Here are key excerpts from the official English version and translations by Reuters of parts he improvised:

Local interfaith leaders discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical
Arlene Edmonds, The Philadelphia Tribune

The recent session sharing of ideas on how each would individually consume less energy, recycle and nurture the planet. Some mentioned the need to amplify the climate change issue even amid congregations where members were skeptical or too immersed in their day to day problems to consider it. One member suggested that one could ask them to share a simple way they could save energy rather than extend an open invitation to join a time-consuming organization or movement.

Pope Francis apologises for Catholic crimes against indigenous peoples during the colonisation of the Americas
Zachary Davies Boren, The Independent

The affectionate response Francis received was in stark contrast to the furore his predecessor Benedict XVI sparked when he visited the continent in 2007. He said the indigenous people of Latin America had been “silently longing” to become Christians before they were forcefully converted and displaced.

Heading to the beach — with the pope’s encyclical
Effie Caldarola,

So, as I use clean, hot water in the shower, my thoughts go to all of the people worldwide who suffer poor water quality and shortages. And those most impacted, the pope points out, are the poor. But even those of us who live in areas where spring rains have been plentiful worry about depletion of our precious aquifers. Poor public policy and overuse strain our water supply everywhere. Water, of course, is just one of many areas the pope touches on.

Bishop reflects on the pope’s encyclical
Bishop Edward Weisenburger, Catholic Diocese of Salina

The encyclical is thus a teaching document, not a set of secular policy proposals. Certainly the dialogue with science is essential. Indeed, the scientific consensus on the link between human activity and a negative impact on the environment is strong — clearly as strong as the consensus on the link between cigarettes and cancer. I find it sobering to note, too, that the U.S. military and business community agree that climate change is happening and they’re preparing for it. To ignore the science would be reckless.

Paraguay Welcomes Pope Francis
Voice of America

Addressing the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Pope Francis asked, “Do we realize that something is wrong in a world where there are so many farm workers without land, so many families without a home, so many laborers without rights, so many persons whose dignity is not respected?”

World Population Day Global Petition
Population Media Center

While Speak Out welcomes the Pope’s concern about consumerism and its impact on the environment — and strongly applauds his call to action on climate change — the refusal of His Holiness to address the impacts that population size and growth are having on the planet is a tragic oversight. If we are, indeed, stewards of what the Pope calls, “our Sister, Mother Earth,” then humanity has a responsibility to help prevent unintended pregnancies, and the best means of doing that is to ensure that every woman has information about, and unrestricted access to, modern methods of contraception.

In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism
Jim Yardley and Binyamin Appelbaum, The New York Times

Having returned to his native Latin America, Francis has renewed his left-leaning critiques on the inequalities of capitalism, describing it as an underlying cause of global injustice, and a prime cause of climate change. Francis escalated that line last week when he made a historic apology for the crimes of the Roman Catholic Church during the period of Spanish colonialism — even as he called for a global movement against a “new colonialism” rooted in an inequitable economic order.

Lioi: Why we should listen to Pope Francis’ message on climate change
Rev. Frank Lioi, The Auburn Citizen

Some folks may challenge Pope Francis’ grasp of science and may insinuate leftist leanings, but we should rather think carefully of the many challenges contained in “Laudato Si,” grateful that Pope Francis connects religious beliefs with the secular call to care for creation. The pope rejects the ethic of humanity’s dominion over the Earth and replaces it with reverence and a profound appreciation of its beauty. In doing so, he strikes a chord that will resonate beyond the Christian world.

Yes, Virginia, Pope Francis has a strategy underneath the rhetoric
John L. Allen Jr., Crux

But Francis, who has long been on record in favor of making the idea of a patria grande in Latin America a reality, since well before he was elected pope, appears to mean something more by the phrase than that. He thinks Latin America, together, can and should be a counter-weight to some of the corrosive economic forces he sees at work in the world.

Pope Francis Calls on Jerry Brown as Climate Change Expert
Robert Wilde, Breitbart

The Pontiff inviting Brown as a speaker comes as an unpleasant surprise to many Catholics. The governor, who earlier in life practiced to be a Jesuit priest before having a change of heart, is well known for his liberal stance on abortion, advocacy for gay marriage, and LGBTQ issues.

A moral response to climate change
Haroon Akram Gill, The News on Sunday

Reverend Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of the Green Faith, a worldwide initiative working on mobilising people from diverse religious background for environmental leadership, considers Pope Francis’ encyclical the most visible example of a global phenomenon — diverse religions stepping up to care for the earth. “In faith communities worldwide, we see this happening through education and on-the-ground projects. Because of the size and importance of the world’s faiths, it is incredibly exciting,” says Reverend Fletcher.

Oregonians want low-carbon fuel program and better roads (OPINION)
Nik Blosser and Tom Kelly, Oregon Live

We agree with Pope Francis, who wrote in his recent encyclical letter on climate change that we should demand “a greater sense of responsibility for the common good from those who wield greater power.” It’s a tremendous shame that oil companies have not invested their ingenuity and profits into figuring out how to make money without polluting Oregon and the rest of the world. But they haven’t. Instead, in 2014 alone they outrageously spent over $2 million on lobbying expenses in Oregon — a relatively small state where no oil company is based — to spread misinformation about the clean fuels program.

Pope to activists: Defend the earth, demand economic reform
Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

Addressing the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz July 9, Pope Francis acknowledged he did not have a “recipe” for a perfect economic-social-political system, but he said the problems with the current system are obvious and the Gospel contains principles that can help.

In Bolivia, a papal speech designed to echo around the world
John Thavis Blog

Pope Francis delivered a speech Thursday that was not only intended to please his Bolivian audience but to shake the consciences of people around the world. It’s worth reading in its entirety (an English translation, provided by Father Thomas Rosica, is below.)

Science Is God’s Work and Republicans Want it Stopped
Crystal Shepeard, Care2

For the party that promotes the use of religion to guide their policy, the Pope’s clarion call to pay attention to, well, science puts them in a bit of a pickle. While presidential candidates such as Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum have touted their Catholic bonafides on issues such as birth control and abortion, those “beliefs” are less politically useful when it comes to climate change. While the Catholic Church and other religious leaders are moving forward, Republicans are moving backwards – back to when religion was more like them.

Catholics Must Take Encyclical Seriously Priest Says
Rowena Orejana, NZCatholic

But what does the encyclical mean for the average Catholic? Is it binding on Catholics? The short answer is yes, said Good Shepherd principal and canon law lecturer Msgr Brendan Daly. “All Church teaching binds. The document Laudato Si’ is an encyclical and an encyclical is the main teaching document of a pope,” he explained. “[T]here are, in fact, many different documents and they have different binding force but, obviously, something from the pope is much more significant as a teaching document.” Msgr Daly said that in Laudato Si’, Pope Francis has taken a step as the world’s moral leader. “There is this vacuum that exists and clearly Pope Francis is in a position where he is head and shoulders above any other religious leaders in the world.

Bacolod priests urge public to do more in ‘healing environment’
Chrysee Samillano and Peace S. Flores, The Visayan Daily Star

Fr. Felix Pasquin, rector of the Bacolod San Sebastian Cathedral, challenged the participants of the forum on Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment Saturday to do more in healing the environment and the Earth. Pasquin said the main objective of the forum was to present Pope Francis’ encyclical on issues involving climate change and global warming, which are very challenging to the sustainability of the Earth and the quality of human life.

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.