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 →
Peace & Justice Blog
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Many hope that after December 2015 people in countries around the world will be singing “I Love Paris.” In December representatives from 196 countries will meet to sign a new climate change agreement. Will it be meaningful and make a difference and bring climate action around the world? With a result of resolute political leadership we can hope for ambitious outcomes that will impact climate change. We can take hope since the 2009 Copenhagen negotiations brought some significant breakthrough. Continue reading →
“Terrorism is a real and serious threat no matter what its ideological origin. And it is not only the immediate causalities who are victims – attacks on minorities for ideological reasons have the effect of terrorizing entire minority groups. In a country that will lose its white majority within the next 30 years, it’s especially critical that we build a country that is truly welcoming to all.”
– Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center
“The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a massive multi-country agreement being negotiated entirely in secret that would give corporations the power to decide our laws on everything from access to affordable medicine to what we eat. It would undermine financial reform and destabilize job markets across the globe. It would open up our local and national governments to lawsuits from corporations if we pass laws that infringe on profits.” – SumOfUs
Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace are in the forefront of working to end slavery. Human trafficking is a contemporary form of slavery. Pope Francis calls it “a plague on humanity.” It is the second largest form of criminal activity, exceeded only by drug trafficking. Today, 21-30 million people are being induced through fraud, force, or coercion, into commercial sex acts or labor services. There are reports of organ trafficking. Continue reading →