PopeWatch: Holy Green




Pope Francis gets an apparently important to him portion of his agenda under way this week:


When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in the coming weeks, a network of Roman Catholics will be ready.

There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.

These environmental advocates — who work with bishops, religious orders, Catholic universities and lay movements — have been preparing for months to help maximize the effect of the statement, hoping for a transformative impact in the fight against global warming.

“This is such a powerful moment,” said Patrick Carolan, executive director of Franciscan Action Network, a Washington-based advocacy group formed by Franciscan religious orders. “We’re asking ourselves, ‘What would be the best way for us to support the faith community in getting this out and using it as a call to action?'”

Francis is issuing the encyclical by the end of June with an eye toward the end-of-year U.N. climate change conference in Paris. While previous popes have made strong moral and theological arguments in favor of environmental protection, Francis will be the first to address global warming in such a high-level teaching document.

The pope, who will address the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 25 when he visits the U.S., has said he wants the encyclical to be released in time to be read and absorbed before the Paris talks. Advocates are pressing for a binding, comprehensive agreement among nations to curb rising global temperatures, which scientists say are largely driven by carbon emissions.

“People are really putting a lot of weight on this,” said Nancy Tuchman, director of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago. “I think the real hope is that he says it like it is and tells us there has to be a call to action and it has to be immediate.”

The institute, which has been working to unite 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities as a common voice on climate change, plans to collect papers from students, faculty and staff with their reflections on the document and how they can be “one of its champions,” Tuchman said. A school colloquium on the papers is planned for Sept.

Go here to read the rest.  Unborn kids?  Old news.  Sanctity of marriage?  Are you kidding?  Religious freedom?  We can leave that up to the UN.  Radical environmentalism?  Time for a new crusade!

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  1. A lesson from Robert Heinlein that the Pope would do well to heed. Yes, I know that much of what Heinlein wrote is objectionable, but here he is correct.
    There are hidden contradictions within the minds of people who “love nature” while deploring the “artificialities” with which “Man has spoiled ‘Nature.” The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that Man and his artifacts are not part of “Nature”–but beavers and their dams are. But the contradictions go deeper than this prima-facie absurdity. In declaring his love for a beaver dam (erected by beavers for beaver’s purposes) and his hatred for dams erected by men (for the purpose of men) the “Naturist” reveals his hatred for his own race–i.e., his own self-hatred. In the case of “Naturists” such self—hatred is understandable; they are such a sorry lot. But hatred is too strong an emotion to feel toward them; pity and contempt are the most they rate. As for me, willy-nilly I am a man, not a beaver, and H. Sapiens is the only race I have or can have. Fortunately for me, I like being part of a race made up of men and women– it strikes me as a fine arrangement and perfectly “natural.” Believe it or not, there were “Naturists” who opposed the first flight to old Earth’s Moon as being “unnatural” and a “despoiling of nature.”

    Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded–here and there, now and then–are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck.”

  2. At least three million people died because we as a planet decided to extend the ban on DDT use in agriculture to include mosquito control. How many will die as a result of a failure to carefully answer this new ‘call to action’?

  3. Earth Day, Earth Hour, enviornmentalism, climate change, global warming…..I’m sick of it all.

    In our world, sin has become protected rights and privileges. The Roman Pontiff appointed a radical Dominican homosexualist to a high position and destroyed the FFI.

    I consider this Roman Pontiff to be a big part of what has gone wrong with the Catholic Church since Vatican II and he has little to say or write that interests or positively concerns me in any way.

    Formerly Catholic Spain legalized gay marriage and abortion long ago. Formerly Catholic Ireland is halfway there. Italy is next on the homosexualist hit list and it’s halfway there as abortion is legal in Italy.

    ISIS murders at will. Nobody in any position of authority cares.

    In the 1970s the USSR used to call the West “decadent”. They were 40 years off. The West is decadent and the Roman Pontiff’s big concern is junk science.

    I sound like a scratched record, but….Poland saved Europe twice and they may have to do it again.

  4. ‘Holy Green’ ? As far as his ‘environmental encyclical’ goes it is as ‘unholy’ as the ‘unholy Green’ of Ireland that he forgot to mention anywhere. As long as we can keep people fed and put a damper on all those people spouting babies like rabbits, who cares if Ireland is wallowing in their sodomy cesspool? Oh wait…..they proudly voted Barabbas in, and Jesus out, so that means less rabbit activity at least in Ireland. Oh well, at least the snakes are happy to be home again.

  5. Pitiful and pathetic.
    Sorry friends, I’m just too disgusted to make a constructive comment.
    Remember; Satan delights in animal rights.

  6. Is there anything more pathetic and less relevant than an institution, any institution, seeking relevance?

  7. This shows us the true priorities of so many who control the Church’s infrastructure.
    Where was this sort of enthusiasm when Popes Benedict and St. John Paul II called
    for a New Evangelization? Will we ever see 28 Jesuit colleges and universities
    unite their voices regarding abortion the way they’re uniting over climate change?

  8. Climate change?

    Climate change and Universal acceptance of abortion as a solution to unwanted pregnancies, is in my very humble opinion, the cause and effect.

    The earth isn’t the issue. The heart of man is. Inconvenient Truth!! Amen.

    It’s inconvenient to overturn Roe v. Wade, but it must be done.

    It’s inconvenient to support the welfare of a young mother who was abandoned by her family and boyfriend, but it must be done.

    It’s inconvenient to live the gospel messages, but if we do not we will follow the blind into the pit of hell.

    This is the climate change! An interior climate change. The one that matters most, after all, what is coming next?

    Death – Judgment – Heaven – Hell

  9. Yes, Philip, I read his post this morning and have been referring people over there as well. Hope it goes ‘mega viral’ as he articulates Church teaching perfectly in contrast to what we see happening today.

  10. President Obama will be soooooo happy. Pope Francis may jump ahead of Cardinal Bernardin in Obama’s admiration of a Catholic leader.

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