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Pope Francis and the Republican Presidential Hopefuls: A Widening Divide
Stephen Seufert, The Huffington Post

During the first Republican presidential debate, candidates repeatedly mentioned the path towards economic growth is through tax cuts, deregulation, and smaller government. With regards to tax cuts bringing on economic growth to the middle class and poor — commonly called trickle down economics — Pope Francis has unequivocally rejected such a theory.

Our Sunday Visitor Promotes Laudato Si’
Mark Silk, Religion News Service

On the other hand, the pope will have more American Catholics paying attention to him than God when he shows up in New York, Washington, and Philadelphia next month. To say nothing of everyone else in the country. And you can be sure he’ll be pitching Laudato Si’.

In Response: Cherry-picking data won’t make climate change go away
David Gerhart, Duluth News Tribune

A lengthy commentary critical of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change was published in the News Tribune on Aug. 8 as half of a “Pro/Con” feature (“Should we heed the pope’s warning about climate change? No: It misreads science and will doom billions to poverty”).

Men religious commit to ‘deeper engagement’ in addressing climate issue
Catholic News Service

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men overwhelmingly passed a resolution Aug. 7 committing to “a deeper engagement” to protect the earth and “cherish all creation.” The conference, made up of leaders who represent more than 17,000 Catholic religious brothers and priests in the United States, laid out steps for member congregations to take in solidarity with Pope Francis’ call to action on climate change in his encyclical on the environment.

UN Global Compact Letter to Pope Francis Opens Dialogue on Business as a Force for Good
The United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability network, said that the recent papal encyclical on environmental principles “should inspire the private sector to do more to protect the environment and address climate change,” in an open letter delivered Friday to the representative of His Holiness Pope Francis in New York.

‘Pope has no political agenda’ – Manila Archbishop
Aika Rey, Rappler

“The agenda of the church, as verbalized by Pope Francis, is not in order to exert any political power or influence but to invite people to tackle this issue coming from interdisciplinarity,” said Tagle.

Vatican U.N. representative reports high interest in papal visit
Cindy Wooden, The Boston Pilot

Requests for copies of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical and the demand for tickets to see him at the United Nations indicate enthusiasm and expectations for Pope Francis’ visit are running high, said the Vatican representative.

Don’t let distortions fool you
Jeanne Johnson, Echo Press

A recent letter to you from reader Paul Arnesen criticized Echo Press for an article about Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change. Arnesen’s letter is inaccurate and misleading when he says that reputable scientists disagree that climate change exists.

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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.

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