Encyclical unites religious, nonreligious voices on climate change
Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service
Thousands of people inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment planned to rally on the Mall the morning that the pope addresses Congress hoping he will acknowledge their work on climate change. Rally organizers say it’s possible the pope may even stop by to check out the banners promoting the document, “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home,” on his way to the Capitol.
Pope Francis has recently granted two interviews: one to the Portuguese broadcaster Radio Renascenca, on the occasion of the Portuguese bishops’ “ad Limina” visit, and the other to the Argentine Radio Milenium, focusing on care for creation and the value of friendship and dialogue.
The Elect and the Environment
D.G. Hart, Wall Street Journal
Does the environment go better with God, to borrow an old advertising line from the makers of Coke? Roughly 50 years ago, the historian of science Lynn White Jr. answered that question in the negative in a Science magazine article titled “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis.” As Mark R. Stoll observes in “Inherit the Holy Mountain” (a title taken from the book of Isaiah), White was himself a Christian whose father taught ethics at a Presbyterian seminary. But White’s background did not prevent him from concluding that the Christian understanding of humanity—that we are not part of nature but have dominion over it—was responsible for the modern West’s ruthless attitude toward nature. In White’s own words, “Christianity made it possible to exploit nature in a mood of indifference to the feelings of natural objects.”
Pope Francis: Climate change has ‘grave social consequences’ if not addressed
Andre Mitchell, Christian Today
After releasing a powerful encyclical about the environment, Pope Francis has once again warned the public that climate change has serious “consequences,” especially for the poor.
As U.S. Visit Nears, Pope Francis Points to Climate Change
Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart
As Pope Francis prepares to embark on his first trip ever to the United States, on Friday he spoke of the “urgency of climate change” while indicating two “crucial events” looming on the ecological horizon: the approval of the objectives of sustainable development by the United Nations at the end of this month and the Paris Climate Conference at the beginning of December.
Climate change, abortion in spotlight
Kate Ackley, San Angelo Standard-Times
The pope’s letter, or encyclical, calling for worldwide action on climate change, has infused an otherwise wonky, scientific debate with moral and spiritual language. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., praised the encyclical in June when it was released.
Our leaders should respond to Pope Francis’ call for climate action
Robert R. Mitchell, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
My congressman, Keith Rothfus, has stated that Congress should focus on multidecade strategic issues — a position with which I heartily agree. I also believe the dominant strategic issue of our time is the profound threat climate change poses, and I support the practical solution proposed by Citizens’ Climate Lobby — a revenue-neutral fee on carbon with proceeds returned as dividends to citizens.