At a recent meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, only 40 out of 250 bishops attended a workshop on the encyclical, a turnout Bretzke called “underwhelming”.
“Both Democrats and Republicans realized that there was something to really ponder here”, he said, adding that they weren’t “rushing to make a partisan point”. “How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings… if we fail to protect a human embryo…?”
“My concern is that the more regulations we put on, the more expensive energy is, and it hurts the poor disproportionally”, said Sen. He called only for a “conversation” on Francis’ specific recommendations that First World nations reduce carbon emissions.
[BRUSSELS] Poland will seek to reconcile its use of coal as a guarantee of energy security with Pope Francis’s warning about the risk of fossil fuels.
At minimum, we need to let our elected officials know we care about our “common home” and expect them to act. “Our ability to compete will be cut”, Wuerl said. Santorum was pushed back on his heels when he was reminded that Pope Francis holds an advanced degree in Chemistry, essentially making the Pope a scientist. “The relationship between human life and moral law is necessary for the creation of a more dignified environment”.
So far, some conservatives have responded that the pope should stick to theology and stay out of science.
He also pulls no punches in condemning those who manipulate the truth for their own gains.
I am deeply disappointed in the Star, a news source that I have relied on for intelligent commentary about the most important issues of our time.
United State President Barack Obama has lauded Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si,” and says he wants fellow world leaders to acknowledge its message about climate change. On the preceding Monday, before the encyclical was published, the document was leaked and was seen by many who objected the views within it and chose to try and undermine its publishing, before others could see it. Ted Widmer from Politico called the document “essential reading, overnight”, not because it was a great masterpiece necessarily, but rather because it caused such a political storm.
Pope Francis, by illuminating the moral and ethical side of the climate change problem, has opened a small crack in the door that’s been shut for decades. What is bad for our neighbours is also bad for us.
“It’s very exciting that the Pope’s encyclical is being released just before we go to lobby our members of Congress”, said Callie Hancock, group leader for the Princeton CCL chapter. It is plain as the nose on your face, Gentle Reader, that we still have no economic science that can help us avoid another crisis like 2008, or even 1929, never mind build economies that provide for all.
Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, Neb., echoed this notion, also saying that the Pope is calling “individuals, families, communities, corporations and nations to a fresh way of thinking and acting”. So will his argument that we can’t claim to care about the poor while disregarding how environmental destruction impacts them.
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