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From the Eco-Justice Committee – A Time to Study

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

Even before Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment saw the light of day critics were sharpening their knives, with the usual “stay out of politics.” The extremists included the Heartland Institute’s paper entitled, “Is the Global Left Counting on the Pope to Split the Catholic Church Over Global Warming? According to the article, the Pope’s stance on global warming is part of a left wing communist conspiracy to weaken the church.

From Fox news to conservative candidates for president, a common critique is found—this is a political issue, not a moral issue. Since the issue of global warming is intertwined with the U.S. economy, the criticisms are sharp. The flat earth society is on alert and not happy!

NCR’s Thomas Reese stated well the importance of the encyclical: “The encyclical also matters because it puts the Catholic Church firmly behind the environmental movement. With the Pope’s embrace, the environmental movement goes mainstream. They can no longer be designated as tree huggers and Gia Worshippers.”

Let the conversation begin. It is extremely important for parishes, colleges, interfaith groups and all who are concerned about global climate change to come together to discuss this important document. On behalf of the Eco Justice Committee I would like to encourage sisters and associates to discuss the encyclical in study groups. You may order copies of the encyclical on the USCCB website (here). You may also download a copy of the encyclical or read online here.

There are many helpful resources to serve as study guides, including:

  • Catholic Climate Covenant Encyclical Media Tooklit – click here
  • Faith in Public Life Encyclical Media Training – click here
  • Laudato Si Discussion Guide – click here

We look forward to hearing responses after the discussions and would like to include in “Just Reflecting” or on a justice blog.

Happy Reading!

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Associates Ponder “Being Open to God’s Call” and “Caretakers of God’s Creation”

Janice A.  Wilson, OPA
Blog by Associate Jan Wilson, OPA

“Discernment is that light, which dissolves all darkness, dissipates ignorance, and seasons every virtue and virtuous deed. It has a prudence that cannot be deceived, a strength that is invincible, a constancy right up to the end, reaching as it does from heaven to earth, that is, from the knowledge of me to the knowledge of oneself, from love of me to love of one’s neighbors.” The Dialogue St Catherine of Siena Continue reading →

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Sisters and Associates Join Faith Communities in Prayer for Charleston, SC

branchAfter the tragic death of nine members of the historic Emanuel American Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night, national faith leaders are calling for prayer and action to end gun violence.

Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence, a national advocacy organization, is asking everyone to devote a few minutes of prayer in remembrance of the victims of this tragedy. Please pray for all those in the Charleston community and the nation, who are suffering as a result of this crime. Continue reading →

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Political Issues or Moral Issues?

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

As the date for the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato si,” (Be Praised), draws near, one can hear the grinding of teeth and the chant from corporate America and conservative politicians say, “stay out of politics.” This criticism comes before even reading the encyclical. This is in spite of the fact that the church’s environmental message has been articulated for years, though with little coverage in the media. Pope Benedict XVI was called the “green Pope” because he voiced a strong call for environmental responsibility. During his papacy the Vatican installed photovoltaic cells on the roof of its main auditorium, a solar cooling unit for its main cafeteria and joined a reforestation project aimed at offsetting its CO2 emissions. Continue reading →

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