Tagged: care for creation

A throwaway culture is a culture of death

Members of the pro-life movement often describe policies that work to undermine the recognition of human dignity and to devalue human life as promoting the “culture of death.” This term was made popular by Pope St. John Paul II in...

A throwaway culture is a culture of death

Pope Francis Delivers TED Talk on Climate Change

Today, Pope Francis stepped out onto the virtual TED stage for a second time. In his first TED talk, given in April 2017, the pope made his famous call for a “Revolution Of Tenderness.” This time, his talk was entitled...

Pope Francis Delivers TED Talk on Climate Change

Recognizing humanity’s true wealth

“Those who take care of the sick – play an essential role in today’s society, even if they often do not receive the recognition and recompense they deserve. … Taking care of those who are sick, of those who are...

Recognizing humanity’s true wealth

Care for Creation: The Synod of Bishops on Ecology

The final document of October’s synod of bishops on the Amazon has finally received an official English translation (here). Among its themes and proposals stands out its emphasis on caring for creation (ecology). News coverage of the synod was dominated...

Care for Creation: The Synod of Bishops on Ecology

Cardinal Müller is Disturbingly Wrong on Climate Change

Back in July 2018, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said that Catholics can safely ignore the Pope’s efforts to create an environmental conscientiousness in the Church. In what I can only describe as one of the silliest and most dangerous positions I’ve...

Cardinal Müller is Disturbingly Wrong on Climate Change

Pachamama – the missing piece of the puzzle

In my last article about the Our Lady of the Amazon / Pachamama controversy, I tried to reconcile the apparent contradictions between the various claims about the identity of the enigmatic wooden carved figure. I reached the conclusion, supported by...

Pachamama – the missing piece of the puzzle

Laudato Si’, Climate Change, and the Catholic Response

This past Tuesday, June 18, marked the fourth anniversary of the release of Pope Francis’s groundbreaking encyclical on care for Creation, Laudato Si’. From the very beginning of his papacy, caring for our common home has been at the center...

Laudato Si’, Climate Change, and the Catholic Response

Forsaking the Fountain of Living Water

“Access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights” (Laudato Si’, 30). The problem of the scarcity...

Forsaking the Fountain of Living Water

Water in Togo: 500 Years Late

(Editor’s Note: Last year, WPI contributor John Cavanaugh-O’Keefe traveled to West Africa to visit his friend Fr. William Ryan, an American missionary priest in Togo, and to see the slave castles in Ghana. I asked John if he would write...

Water in Togo: 500 Years Late

Best of WPI, Year 1: Social Justice

In honor of our one-year anniversary, we are going to highlight some of our past pieces on various themes and topics this week. Today we’d like to share posts on six issues related to Catholic Social Teaching. Poverty and Economic...

Best of WPI, Year 1: Social Justice

Laudato Si’ in 2019: We Need Each Other

Pope Francis has left us a fairly extensive body of writings, speeches, and homilies to pore over and learn from, but so far seems to be promulgating encyclicals at a slower rate than either of his two previous predecessors. In...

Laudato Si’ in 2019: We Need Each Other

The Tall Tale of the Hippie Pope

In my view, Laudato Si’ has been intentionally ignored by various factions within the Church, who have consequently done the devilish work of keeping the Faithful from even considering the letter. The demands of the Pope are too much for...

The Tall Tale of the Hippie Pope