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Papal Encyclical

The Papal Encyclical and Climate Change Policy

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Pope is to be commended for taking global climate change seriously, and for drawing more world attention to the issue. There is much about the encyclical that is commendable, but where it drifts into matters of public policy, I fear that it is -- unfortunately -- not helpful.

The Pope's Message on Ecology and Economy

John Fullerton | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
John Fullerton

Modern science understands that everything is connected to everything. So too do all major religions, and virtually all wisdom traditions understand this core principle, often summarized by the concept of "oneness."

What Matters to the Heart: Pope Francis, Climate Change, and Sustainability

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.12.2016 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Flourishing means more than just having enough for ourselves; it means building a just society so our neighbors have enough to eat, medical care, employment, and dignity. Flourishing involves practicing sustainability so that the next generations will enjoy life on a good earth.

Shifting the Climate Debate Onto Sacred Ground

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee | Posted 07.02.2016 | Religion
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Due to Pope Francis' encyclical, what had been a fringe and at times a lonely voice, has suddenly become mainstream. It is our sense of being separate from the Earth that has allowed us to abuse it. If we held the Earth as sacred, as part of the living oneness to which we belong, could we treat it in this way -- would we pollute its rivers, kill off its species?

The Moral Imperative of Environmental Stewardship

Anna Maria Chavez | Posted 06.25.2016 | Women
Anna Maria Chavez

Last week, in a message addressed to the world, Pope Francis took the truly historic step of defining climate change and environmental stewardship in strictly moral terms.

U.S. Must Take the Lead on Pope Francis' Call on Climate Change

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 06.25.2016 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

The United States has the technological imperative to lead on clean energy. We have the economic imperative to engage in job creation that is good for all of creation. We have the moral responsibility to protect our planet for future generations. And with the pope's encyclical, science and technology truly can be the answer to our prayers.

Praised Be This Divine Intervention: The Pope Lowers the Hammer on the World's Deniers

Javier Sierra | Posted 06.19.2016 | Green
Javier Sierra

Panic mode has been declared among the world's climate change deniers. Papal Encyclical "Laudato Si" (Praised Be to You) about climate change has just caused the collapse of the house of cards sustaining the arguments of the Flat Earth Society.

"A Conservative Government Is Organized Hypocrisy." Benjamin Disraeli

Dave Helfert | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Dave Helfert

Of all the more popular political sins, my personal favorite has always been hypocrisy. One of the wonderful things about hypocrisy is that it so often comes around to bite the hypocrite on the butt.

A Spiritual Awakening About Climate Change

David Crane | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
David Crane

Pope Francis has just issued a papal encyclical -- a teaching letter -- focused on the theological virtue of faith, and his message, in essence, is simple: If you have faith in God's Creation, then you must act to stop global warming.

Why the Pope Is Concerned About Climate Change, and You Should be Too

Dr. Jessica Hellmann | Posted 06.16.2016 | Green
Dr. Jessica Hellmann

This week we expect a major statement, an encyclical, from Pope Francis about environmental protection and its significance to the Church, and we expect climate change to feature prominently in it.

To Serve and to Keep: Responding to Pope Francis' Call to Become Protectors of Creation

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 06.10.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

Efforts like those of EcoPeace come at a critical moment in human history. Environmental degradation and climate change have become the focus of concern for people of all faiths worldwide.

Catholic Speed Dating Gone Awry

Kerry Weber | Posted 12.27.2011 | Religion
Kerry Weber

I told myself it was a social experiment. To others, I described it as a low-pressure way to ease back into the dating scene after a painful end to a...