EcoLinks 09.01.15
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EcoLinks 09.01.15

5 Interesting Facts About The Christian Faith of Martin O’Malley
Ray Nothstine, Christian Post

O’Malley, a lifelong Catholic, grew up in an Irish Catholic home in Maryland and attended Catholic schools all the way through college. After college, he graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is the only Roman Catholic presidential candidate on record of supporting Pope Francis’s encyclical on climate change.

22 Pope Francis Statements Proving He’s a Leftist
Mike Garcia, NewsMax

Pope Francis upset many conservatives when he released his encyclical on climate change this summer, but it’s certainly not the first time he’s raised eyebrows. The pontiff’s past comments on homosexuality, capitalism, and international geopolitics have also ruffled those on the right.

Faith Digest, Aug. 28, 2015: Forum to focus on Pope Francis’ Encyclical
Santa Cruz Sentinel

The forum will include brief presentations from three distinguished local authorities followed by questions and comments from the audience. Presenters will include Keith Warner, a Franciscan friar with a doctorate in environmental studies; Jeffrey Kiehl, head of Climate Change Research Section of the National Center for Atmospheric Research; and Andrew Szasz: chairmann of the Environmental Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz.

Francis unlikely to sway Congress during address
Tracie Mauriello, The Blade

“I don’t see the Pope changing the positions of any of the people who hold political authority. The people who are in Congress are already pretty locked into what they believe,” said Joseph White, professor of public policy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Pope’s 74-page encyclical makes for good reading
Judy Holmes, Crow River Media

Not only had I never read an “encyclical,” I did not know what an “encyclical” was for sure. My mother grew up Catholic but became a Protestant as an adult. I adored my maternal grandmother and loved attending mass with her. I attended a Catholic college and hung out at Neuman Centers. Although I consider myself to have Catholic roots, “encyclical” rang no clear bell for me.

Climate change is a national security issue
Joe Barrera, The Gazette

Global climate change is a serious concern. Carbon pollution affects children’s health, and research connects climate change to other detrimental changes in public health. Research shows that Latino children are 40 percent more likely to contract asthma, traceable to toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants. Society has a moral obligation to act on climate, as the poor are disproportionately affected by climate change, which was recently underscored by Pope Francis in his encyclical, Laudato Sí. The pope states, “There is an urgent need to develop policies . so that in the next few years the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced.”

Blume: Laudato Si
Kathy Blume, National Public Radio (Vermont)

Laudato Si means “Blessed Be,” as in: the planet is a blessed place and we really should be taking much better care of it. And like Jay, the Quaker coal blockader, Sister Pat talked a lot – in very generous and spiritually inclusive language – about the value of committing yourself wholeheartedly to a cause, but then releasing your expectations around the outcome of your actions. “Surrender” was the word she used.

Science and spirit
The Rutland Herald

So when the fact-based conversation with Pappas turned to the recent encyclical on climate change by Pope Francis — “On Care for Our Common Home” — it seemed science and spirituality might have collided. But they merged.

Park district, OLPH teaming up to protect environment
Neil Milbert, The Glenview Lantern

Taking a proactive approach to Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, the president of the Glenview Park District Board, Bill Casey, and the board’s executive director, Mike McCarty, have met with Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s pastor, the Rev. Jerry Boland, to discuss measures they can take to help to preserve the environment.

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.