Tag Archive for catholic ecology

“Faith and the Call for Human Ecology”

img_20141105_195745A scheduled public talk by Peter Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, was delivered this evening by Fr. Michael Czerny, S.J., as part of the Faith, Food, and the Environment symposium, which began today and concludes Friday at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. The prepared comments were offered by Fr. Czerny with his own commentary that connected the comments with the day’s discussions, which centered on the application to agriculture of the council’s work on the vocation of a business leader.

St. Ignatius and the need for Catholic spirituality

stignatiusstatueToday’s Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)—the founder of the Jesuit Order—is a good day to consider what Catholic thought can and must bring to discussions of ecological crises.

Pope to Brazil’s bishops: Protect the Amazon

Pope Francis BackDuring the last full day of World Youth Day 2013, Pope Francis gave his most notable mention of the environment thus far not to the millions of young pilgrims but to the local bishops. Here are the pontiff’s words within a section of his address called “The Amazon Basin as a litmus test for Church and society in Brazil.”

Being heroes: Filipino Catholics care for creation

cardinal_tagle-224x338Few dioceses in the world can match the environmental enthusiasm, commitment, and action of the Archdiocese of Manila. Ecological activism is present from His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, to bishops, clergy, religious, and a great many lay faithful. Throughout 2014 the archdiocese has already sponsored youth trainings on issues as varied (but connected) as creation spirituality and natural disaster risk reduction. And the third Sunday of every month has been dubbed “Ecology Sunday” to encourage parishes and ecclesial groups to reduce waste and to call attention to efforts to protect Manila Bay.

What the weather can and cannot say about climate

dv1Helping us with this is David Vallee, the Hydrologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center in Taunton, Massachusetts. The center provides detailed forecasting information to National Weather Service Forecast Offices and the hundreds of federal, state and local water resource entities throughout the Northeast and New York. Mr. Vallee has also conducted research addressing severe storms, floods, heavy rainfall production, the behavior of New England Hurricanes, and most recently looking at the changing river flood behavior as a result of the combined effects of a trending climate (warmer/wetter) and urbanization over the past 40 years.

Global sustainability and “the impact of our choices”

brinkmannHelping us understand the topic of sustainability is Robert (Bob) Brinkmann, Director of Sustainability Studies at Hofstra University and the Director of Sustainability Research at the National Center for Suburban Studies. He is also a consultant with the United Nations on sustainability issues. In addition, Dr. Brinkmann is a professor in Hofstra University’s Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability. He chairs the Board of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies.