Pope’s climate push at odds with U.S. Catholic oil investments
Richaard Valdmanis, Reuters
But some of the largest American Catholic organizations have millions of dollars invested in energy companies, from hydraulic fracturing firms to oil sands producers, according to their own disclosures, through many portfolios intended to fund church operations and pay clergy salaries.
Bill Ritter reflects on small role
Dennis Webb, The Daily Sentinel
Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter this week hailed the significance of a recent encyclical by Pope Francis on climate change — a document Ritter played a small role in helping develop.“Really it’s less about church doctrine than almost any other encyclical ever written,” Ritter said during the 12th annual AREDAY (American Renewable Energy Day) Summit.
Snow: His dictum misreads science, will doom billions to poverty
Catherine Snow, Austin American-Statesman
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.
Of Cabbages and Kings: Teachout adds to our golden age of biography
The Daily Astorian
Those who seek to parse the Pope’s words miss the most basic point. Francis’ bold statement has given climate issues far more visibility than statements by politicians. That is what makes his quibblers nervous.
Pope’s environmental encyclical arrives in Peru to mixed reviews
Justin Catanoso, Mongabay
Now along comes the Argentinian Pope Francis, a left-leaning, poor-loving, tree-hugging, capitalism-bashing pontiff – in radical contrast to his two conservative European predecessors. On June 18, at the Vatican, he released the much-anticipated, 180-page papal encyclical titled “Laudato Si,” It’s the first document addressing humanity’s relationship to the environment in the Church’s 2,000-year history.