Global group of Catholic bishops call for end to fossil fuels

BBC

Monsignor Salvador Piñeiro García-Calderón, Archbishop of Ayacucho, and president of the Peruvian Bishops’ Conference, said: “We bishops from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe have engaged in intense dialogue on the issue of climate change, because we can see it’s the poorest people who are impacted the most, despite the fact they’ve contributed the least to causing it. They’re the ones who respect the planet, the Earth, the soil, the water and the rainforests.”

Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News, Lima

Aerial view of Lima Negotiators are gathered in Lima, Peru, for this year's UN's climate meeting
Aerial view of Lima Negotiators are gathered in Lima, Peru, for this year’s UN’s climate meeting

Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use and increased efforts to secure a global climate treaty.

Catholics, they say, should engage with the process leading to a proposed new deal to be signed in Paris next year. Continue reading Global group of Catholic bishops call for end to fossil fuels

Church Asks If It’s Time to Ban the Bomb

America Magazine

The Holy See continues to question the ethical basis to the so-called doctrine of nuclear deterrence. Ethical and humanitarian consequences of the possession and use of nuclear weapons are catastrophic and beyond the rational and reasonable.

Kevin Clarke

Representatives of several faith traditions assemble to discuss no-nukes movement at forum in Vienna.
Representatives of several faith traditions assemble to discuss no-nukes movement at forum in Vienna.

Speaking at a conference on the potential and current humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, a two-day event which drew the participation of 150 nations and media from around the world but which has been largely ignored in the United States, a representative of the Holy See questioned the persistence of deterrence as the ethical underpinning of the geopolitical strategy of the world’s nuclear powers. “We all know the risks of nuclear weapons, not least that of the instability they cause,” said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi as the Holy See took its turn during a round of international statements on nuclear weapons. “Is it reasonable to think that the balance of terror is the best basis for the political, economic and cultural stability of our world?” he asked. Continue reading Church Asks If It’s Time to Ban the Bomb

Eat Fresh, Die Hard – Subway, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and the Plight of the Mexican Worker

America Magazine

Jim McDermott

CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World
CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World

In northern Mexico, many farm workers—over a hundred thousand of them children—live in overcrowded, rat-infested conditions, with little food and sometimes no potable water. So the L.A. Times reported yesterday, in the first of a four part series on produce pickers in Mexico.

Though they are supposed to be paid weekly, in many places once workers arrive on the job—often from very poor regions to the South—they’re told they won’t see any of their pay until they complete their work. Some never do get paid. And those that do often earn very little, $8 to $12/week. Continue reading Eat Fresh, Die Hard – Subway, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods and the Plight of the Mexican Worker

The Life and Times of Michael B

Ferguson put the U.S.’ racial apartheid on the global stage.

Institute for Policy Studies

By John Feffer

Marchers protest the acquittal of Michael Brown’s killer in Chinatown, Washington, DC. (Photo: ep_jhu / Flickr)
Marchers protest the acquittal of Michael Brown’s killer in Chinatown, Washington, DC. (Photo: ep_jhu / Flickr)

Economic inequality is a hot topic in America these days. It is the subject of hefty bestsellers, presidential addresses, and even Hollywood movies. The issue has even appeared on the radar screen of foreign policy pundits.

In this Sunday’s Washington Post, former assistant secretary of state Kurt Campbell writes about how “income inequality undermines U.S. power.” Campbell writes about how the growing divide between rich and poor undercuts U.S. “soft power” and saps U.S. ability to compete economically with a thriving Asia. Continue reading The Life and Times of Michael B

English cardinal: Young Africans being seduced into modern slavery

Catholic News Service

By Simon Caldwell

Newly freed human trafficking victims from Myanmar are held in a detention cell near the Thailand-Malaysian border. (CNS/Reuters)
Newly freed human trafficking victims from Myanmar are held in a detention cell near the Thailand-Malaysian border. (CNS/Reuters)

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Young Africans are being seduced into modern slavery by the promise of a dream that never comes true, an English cardinal told a conference on human trafficking.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster said “there seems to be no enticement that isn’t being used” by human traffickers to entrap children. Continue reading English cardinal: Young Africans being seduced into modern slavery

Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice

Catholic Moral Theology

Posted by David Cloutier

Advent is a season of waiting and of hoping. In the face of conflict, distrust, and division – in the wilderness – we are called to cry out for a different way. In consultation with several others, CMTer and former law enforcement officer Tobias Winright has prepared a statement of commitment to racial justice, which names the particularly difficult hope we might bring to illuminate darkness. We are happy to share the statement here on this blog. Many Catholic theologians, including myself and my co-editor, Jana Bennett, have already signed on to the statement. Please pray and act for truth and reconciliation this season…

Statement: Catholic Theologians for Police Reform and Racial Justice Continue reading Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice

Christian, Muslim leaders vow to ‘walk hand in hand’ to promote peace

Catholic News Service

By Cindy Wooden
ROME (CNS) — Catholic, Anglican, Sunni and Shiite leaders vowed to do all they can to combat “ugly and hideous” distortions of religion, and to involve more women — often the first victims of violence — in official inter-religious dialogues.

Holding the third Christian-Muslim Summit in Rome Dec. 2-4, the leaders said that while more and more women are involved in high-level dialogues, there is still much to be done, including recognizing that “women play a key role in peace building.” Continue reading Christian, Muslim leaders vow to ‘walk hand in hand’ to promote peace

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