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.

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.

Biodiversity lost

DrRavenMBGThe third in our occasional series on the ecological sciences looks at biodiversity and the extinction of species. What is biodiversity and why is it important? What do the numbers tell us about how much of it we’re losing and why? Answering these and other question is Dr. Peter Raven, an active member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and one of the world’s leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity. Described by Time magazine as a “Hero for the Planet,” Dr. Raven champions research around the world to preserve endangered plants and is a leading advocate for conservation and a sustainable environment.

Manila’s “Season of Creation” Opens Strong

bigstock-christianity-in-asia-40711951Manila’s Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle opened the “Season of Creation” on September 1st with a Mass celebrated at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, Parañaque City. In it, he offered some of the most impassioned environmental words to date by a Prince of the Church. Archbishop’s homily, which stressed the Catholic role in environmental appreciation and protection.“God’s creations should be given importance and not taken for granted,” he said. He said that Filipino Catholics “should be awed and celebrate all creations of God.” Like Pope Francis and his predecessors, the archbishop called for changes in lifestyles so that humanity lives in accord with the laws of nature.

Young Catholics in Africa gather to care for creation Guest post by Allen Ottaro

10275415_659738857434559_7245266981036776436_o_0-326x217“Young Catholics in Africa, Caring for Creation!” This is the slogan that kept ringing out for one week when twenty young Catholics from 6 African countries (Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Kenya) gathered in Nairobi for the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) Summit 2014.