Jun
28

"Francisco Sí" by Joanna Manning

Note:  Joanna Manning (above) is an Anglican priest in Toronto, a former Catholic religious sister, an activist and a longtime friend.  This post first appeared on her website: www.magdalenemoments.com/Francisco%20Si/

This is the first time for several decades that I have opened up a papal document without a sense of dread at what the contents might reveal. But Pope Francis’ latest encyclical on the environment has proved a welcome exception.

Laudato Sí is an impressive and wide-ranging overview of current global realities. And it takes a realistic view of the dire consequences that will follow if we make no significant efforts to change it.

Many insightful comments have already been published by others, but here’s my two cents worth.

Overall, this encyclical represents a big shift in the tone of papal writings. There is no exclusivist ‘us’ (faithful Catholics) and ‘them’ (outside the pale) mentality. This pope’s God is much bigger than that.

This God’s creative energies have produced the evolution of science which is the ally, not the enemy, of faith. 

Jun
19

"Stand against the Storm" by Ched Myers

Yesterday was both an exhilarating and excruciating day for faith communities around the world.  On one hand, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the ecological crisis was released, and Muslims observed the beginning of Ramadan at the new moon.  On the other hand, news spread about two historic Christian sanctuaries that were violated on Wednesday, in Charleston, SC and Tabgha, Israel/Palestine.  A few days ago I commented on the extraordinary pontifical call to discipleship under the shadow of the climate Endgame.  Today my heart is centered on the murder of nine members of Emanuel A.M.E. by a young white supremacist.  //more

Jun
19

"Stand against the Storm" by Ched Myers

Yesterday was both an exhilarating and excruciating day for faith communities around the world.  On one hand, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the ecological crisis was released, and Muslims observed the beginning of Ramadan at the new moon.  On the other hand, news spread about two historic Christian sanctuaries that were violated on Wednesday, in Charleston, SC and Tabgha, Israel/Palestine.  A few days ago I commented on the extraordinary pontifical call to discipleship under the shadow of the climate Endgame.  Today my heart is centered on the murder of nine members of Emanuel A.M.E. by a young white supremacist.  //more

Jun
15

Can Moral Imagination Trump Political Gridlock? Three Things to Watch for Concerning Thursday’s Papal Encyclical by Ched Myers

This afternoon I was interviewed by journalist Sarah Posner of Religion Dispatches for a piece she is doing for Al Jazeera America on what faith-rooted environmental activists anticipate from Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on climate crisis.  “Laudato Sii: Sulla Cura Della Casa Comune” (“Blessed are You: Concerning the Care of our Common Home)” will be published online June 16th in five languages, anticipating the pope’s meeting with President Obama and his address to Congress and the UN General Assembly in September, as well as December’s 21st U.N. conference on climate change in ParisHere are three hopeful aspects of the encyclical I spoke with Sarah about.

  1.  This encyclical, Francis’ second, will confirm the scientific consensus about the urgent disaster of climate change.  It is being enthusiastically received by many scientists for being able to get “a message across to a segment of society that the scientific community could never do," as Jeff Kiehl of the National Center for Atmospheric Research put it in yesterday’s USA Today.  Similarly, NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt believes "the pope's encyclical is probably going to have a bigger impact than the Paris negotiations."  To underline the Vatican’s commitment to climate science, the message will be introduced by a Catholic cardinal, a Christian Orthodox church leader and a climate scientist identified as an atheist.  While Francis’ approach will (and already has) drawn the ire of the secular and religious right (including Catholics like John Boehner), it should significantly change the public conversation, and will be a great help to those of us trying to move churches beyond ambivalence. //more 

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