EcoLinks 10.01.15
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EcoLinks 10.01.15

“God, or Nothing!”: Exclusive Interview with Cardinal Robert Sarah
Diane Montagna, Aleteia

If the Pope speaks about the economy or politics, it is not his field of expertise. He can offer his vision or opinion, but it’s not dogma. He can err. But what he says about Christ, about the Sacraments, about the faith must be considered as sure. If he speaks about the environment, the climate, the economy, immigrants, etc., he is working from information that may be correct, or mistaken, but [in these cases] he is speaking as Obama speaks, or another president. It doesn’t mean that what he says on the economy is dogma, something we need to follow. It’s an opinion.

Catholic school’s dilemma: Pope Francis vs oil dollars
Hailey Lee, CNBC

As Pope Francis advances his call to action against climate change and dependence on fossil fuels, some in the flock are faced with a dilemma. Many U.S. Catholic churches and institutions lease land out to oil and gas companies—and make good money doing it. County documents reveal that dioceses in Texas and Oklahoma have signed 235 leases in oil and gas since 2010, according to Reuters. The pope made a formal call to action in June, saying, “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, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy.”

For Heaven’s Sake
Roseann Hernandez, GoodTimes

The transformative power of the pope’s words has begun sinking in around Santa Cruz County, with the announcement that the Progressive Christian Forum will hold an event on Thursday, Oct. 1 to discuss the pope’s words and the message behind them.

Holy Cross Faculty Offer Multidisciplinary Analysis of Pope’s Encyclical on Environment
Danielle Kane, College of the Holy Cross

In advance of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States, a multidisciplinary panel of Holy Cross faculty shared their perspectives on his encyclical letter, “Laudato si’: On Care for Our Common Home,” released in May. The panel, speaking before a crowded room of students, faculty and staff, featured Kelly Wolfe-Bellin, director of biology laboratories and lecturer in biology; Rev. Thomas Worcester, S.J., professor of history and papal expert; Matthew Eggemeier, associate professor of religious studies; Katherine Kiel, professor and chair of economics and accounting; and Daina Harvey, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology. Loren Cass, professor of political science and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, moderated the event.

This week’s climate roundup: a shift in tone, leadership, and accountability
Heather Coleman, Oxfam America

Several months ago when Pope Francis released the first papal encyclical on climate change, the world took notice. The Pope’s call to action last week was important when he directly called on legislators for “a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.” What a moment that was! As Republicans have opposed providing funding to the Green Climate Fund, a finance tool that would help developing countries curb their emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change, the Pope’s message could not be more timely.

Finding climate solutions
Mimi Reichenbach, Yale Daily News

The last couple of months have been huge wins for Planet Earth. In August, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, which will lead to a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 relative to 2005 levels. Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 recently declared her opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline. In China, President Xi Jinping announced last Friday that the country would begin an emissions trading program in 2017. Companies are also rising to the occasion: Goldman Sachs, Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens and many others have committed to transitioning their businesses to 100 percent renewable energy. Even Shell has taken the hint (although most likely thanks to low oil prices) and stopped drilling in the Alaskan Arctic last week. God agrees too — Pope Francis has made climate change a talking point, following the release of his encyclical in June. The consensus is that climate change affects us all.

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.