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The political implications of 'Laudato Si''


Praise has been lavished internationally on Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change (Laudato Si'), both among Catholics and across interfaith lines.

However, strong conservatives and climate change deniers (they should actually be called "science deniers") have criticized either its content or the fact that the pope ventured into this realm in such a big way -- as if preserving the natural world were not a moral concern.

Evangelicals back carbon reduction plan

More than 170 evangelical leaders have sent President Barack Obama a letter backing a Clean Power Plan that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants.

The plan, which is expected to be released Monday, aims to cut carbon pollution by 30 percent from 2005 levels. Coal industry leaders have said the plan will increase costs and have a minimal effect on climate change.

The letter from evangelicals says that 230,000 "pro-life Christians" have contacted the Environmental Protection Agency in support of the plan.

I am a Pope Christian


I used to say that I was a post-Christian kind of Christian, because it helped me explain some perennial confusions to myself.

For example, I believe in more than one road to the almighty, am married to a Jew and just had the bris for my third grandchild. The Muslim Consultative Network is in the office next to mine at my church, Judson Memorial Church, in Greenwich Village. The ecumenical magazine Christian Century has often said my writing was too Jewish, and the Jewish interfaith magazine Tikkun complained that my writing is too Christian. 

Chicago archdiocese commits to energy-efficient buildings in response to pope's encyclical


Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has set a goal of benchmarking all 2,700 buildings in the Archdiocese of Chicago to ensure that they are as energy efficient as possible.

He announced the goal during a news conference Friday at Old St. Mary's School on Michigan Avenue.

The news conference was held after Chicago's archbishop toured the school with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Sisters of Loretto divest from fossil fuels


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.


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