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Laudato si’: The Catholic approach to climate change

Laudato si’ and climate change             Climate change is, not surprisingly, the most controversial and politically charged issue in Laudato si’. It has been a source of heated debate and confusion especially in the American context. In this essay I will outline everything the encyclical Laudato si’ says on climate change and then compare and […]

The Pope and the Economy

Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation has received plenty of attention around the world. Now the man is Time’s “Person of the Year”. But perhaps the most controversial aspect, at least in the USA, has been the economic issue. His words on this subject drew critiques, such as this one  from Samuel Gregg here who said […]

Faulty Climate Change Reporting

Here is another scathing critique by Roger Pielke Jr. on misrepresentations of climate change in the media. This time the target is a NYT article by Justin Gillis, and now also an editorial.  I have been in Pielke’s class and run the numbers, and his point of the mis-attribution of economic damage for measuring disaster impact is […]

Benedict XVI: “revise our approach to nature”

Pope Benedict XVI gave an important address on environmental matters to the diplomats of 6 countries: Moldavia, Equatorial Guinea, Belize, the Arab Republic of Syria, Ghana and New Zealand. A summary article can be found in CNA here, highlighting the references to the nuclear disaster in Japan and a call for ‘clean energy’. In the full […]