Catholic Ecology
William Patenaude
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Pop quiz: What was last Sunday’s first reading and why is it so important? Before I give the answer, I’ll say that this reading—and the entire biblical text from which it comes—is a topic … more
With Earth Day events continuing this week, it’s a good time to ask this question: what exactly do Catholics bring to the arena of ecological protection? Helping answer that question is the … more
Consider how the environmental community speaks to the world: you must change your ways; sacrifice for the good of others; deny your desires. You must become more selfless, charitable, and … more
Back in 2008, I wrote a column about why I was a lousy environmentalist. For months after its publication, I heard a lot from folks who enjoyed hearing about my failures. And so I figured, 10 years … more
That’s a comment you’ll hear in some secular, ecumenical, and (tragically) Catholic eco circles. It’s a complaint most often directed at Catholic hierarchy here in the states and at … more
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued an historic joint statement on September 1st—the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation—which begins the five-week ecumenical … more
There was cheering two years ago this month when Pope Francis issued Laudato Si’, his long-awaited encyclical on the environment. But it was two years before that, at a weekly audience one fine … more
Why is it important for Catholics to remain active in climate advocacy? Catholics involved in issues of climate change know that some of our brothers and sisters are worried about the engagement … more
In recognition of Bishop Tobin’s call for a Year with Mary Our Mother on this the centennial of the Marian apparition at Fatima, I posted on my blog that those involved in ecological protection … more
The election of Donald Trump came at a critical time in global efforts to reign in emissions from the burning of fuels like oil, gas, and coal — emissions that, among other ills, turn up the … more
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