Eco Catholic: Voters in several swing states agree with Pope Francis' call for global action to address climate change, but aren't sold on it as an issue of morality.
Eco Catholic: In their declaration, the mayors said their cultural traditions affirmed the the "moral duty to steward rather than ravage" the planet.
I have to admit: I was stunned.
I am a Sister of Loretto, and my Loretto community is very environmentally conscious. For years, we have passed strong resolutions on climate change and preserving creation, but this week our delegate assembly voted unanimously to divest the congregation from all stocks and bonds in fossil fuels.
I had been working on that resolution for months, so I did expect it to pass. But unanimously? I was stunned.
Eco Catholic: Pope Francis told the mayors that they are important because they can make concrete changes and put pressure on leaders above them.
Elections, like profit reports, have regular short-term rhythms, which is why Pope Francis' encyclical letter on the environment was so "appropriate and absolutely essential" for waking people up to the dangers of climate change, said California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Eco Catholic: Francis described minerals as "a precious gift from God" that are fundamental to many aspects of human life and activity.
Eco-Catholic: Walking in the footsteps of Thomas Berry, Jim Conlon would coin the term geo-justice, a word that means making connections between the universe story and justice work.
Pope Francis last month attracted international attention with the release of his environmental encyclical, in which he described climate change as "a global problem with grave implications" that needs to be urgently addressed.
Particular attention was placed on the failings of political leaders and the importance of people changing their lifestyles, making sacrifices to help combat climate change.
Philippine bishops meeting in Manila will decide whether or not to establish a "climate change desk," part of a push by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences.
The federation wants each bishops' conference in 22 countries to set up such a desk to support action plans to mitigate the impact of climate change and also study Pope Francis' “Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home” encyclical.
We say: This encyclical strikes at the heart of where and how we in the developed world live upon and relate to the rest of the planet.