EcoLinks 09.21.15

Pope Francis Should Stop Washing His Robes Joy Pullman, The Federalist I’m not sure who Pope Francis’s religious advisors are, but it seems they’ve forgotten the Gospel isn’t directly aimed at helping the poor or averting supposed environmental disasters. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 09.18.15

Pope Francis is thirsty Rev. Joel C. Hunger and Susan Barnett, The Hill Throughout Laudato Si, water runs deep. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, a research and policy group dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing water problems, took a comprehensive look at the encyclical and the threat of what the pope calls “water poverty”: A pope for all seasons Washington Post This is the riddle of Pope Francis, the first Latin American pope and a man who has brought a dose of magical realism to the job of being pontiff. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 09.17.15

Francis stresses solidarity, justice, participation in address to EU environment ministers Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter A “cultural, spiritual and educational challenge” awaits global negotiators set to act in coming months on issues of sustainability and the environment, Pope Francis said Wednesday, as he challenged them to act for the poor, ensure industrialized nations repay their “ecological debt,” and include all voices in the discussion. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 09.16.15

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. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 09.15.15

Pope Francis shows rare openness on poverty, climate change and more Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times Though Francis has pushed for a more welcoming and merciful church, he has not softened or changed church doctrine on many issues, such as gay marriage or the ordination of women. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 09.14.15

Poor nations want U.S. to pay reparations for extreme weather Thomas M. Kostigen, USA Today Preparatory talks ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change to be held in Paris in December has representatives from developing nations asking for more than an already agreed upon $100 billion per year for climate change mitigation measures. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 09.11.15

Symposium on Pope’s encyclical sparks reflections on climate change Mike Polhamus, VTDigger The pope’s letter has been lauded by members of the environmental movement and scoffed at by climate-change skeptics. Speakers at a symposium held by St. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 09.10.15

Tree trunk sprouts prayerful inspiration in sculptor Sharon Abercrombie, National Catholic Reporter Weidner’s juniper tree encounter took place just a few weeks prior to the release of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 09.09.15

Young Methodists Plant Churches With Environmental Gospel Mark Oppenheimer, The New York Times “We don’t talk about the environment every week, but what we built into the liturgy is the understanding that everything we have is a gift,” Mr. Continue Reading...

EcoLinks 09.08.15

Seeing the Wood for the Trees Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou, Pravmir.com In recent times, the ecological crisis has been brought increasingly to our attention. Scientists, the media, Hollywood, thrash metal bands, and a horde of environmentalists from politicians to tree-hugging hippies and pseudo-Buddhists, have all had their say. Continue Reading...