Let the Son Shine - 2013 Edition

 2013 Update: Between Calamity and Hope

Church not ignorant, dumb nor crippled: Engaging Climate Change

Some people dismiss Church people saying, 'They have nothing to contribute towards addressing the problem of Climate Change'.

On the contrary, Columban Father Charles Rue argues that church people can be powerful players. He updates his 2009 work with new climate issues, faith reflections and saintly examples of action. Again he uses the See-Judge-Act format.

Again he argues that prayer and action on climate change help our faith to grow. All Catholics have an 'ecological vocation' at this historic time to serve the human enterprise.

This paper explores two major ways to address Catholic thinking and acting on climate change  in the light of faith:

 * prayer at every stage of a Catholic missionary response to climate change

*  systematic response, using the see-judge-act model.

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Comments (5)

  1. Lloyd McDermott:
    Feb 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Climate change: There are many scientific points of view regarding climate change. The question is far from settled.

    Last Edit: 12 Apr, 2013, 12:24:53 by Columban Missionaries


  2. judith holznagel:
    Feb 27, 2013 at 02:40 PM

    Climate change: We do not know enough about this to make accurate judgments now. There could be very long term cycles operating of which we have little information. But what is incontestable is that man has made some things worse. We put large shopping malls with acres of concrete car parks and air-conditioning outlets in formerly fertile areas, and wonder why we get flash-floods. If the normal run-off path for water is blocked, it finds another way. Cities built on river flats are prone to flooding. Farming in areas not blessed with regular rainfall can fail. Whether or not climate change is the cause, we all experience the effects.


  3. Annette Thornton:
    Feb 28, 2013 at 03:18 PM

    Re: Let the Son Shine - 2013 Edition: Have skimmed through because not much time, but believe Father is right to do what he believes is important. It seems you definitely can't please all the people all of the time, but Father don't be discouraged, we should all pray for guidance for our leaders and not just dismiss learned people's ideas and advice. We should all try our best to take more than an interest in the world around us.

    Last Edit: 12 Apr, 2013, 12:32:19 by Columban Missionaries


  4. Patrick Sawyer:
    Feb 28, 2013 at 04:13 PM

    Re: Let the Son Shine - 2013 Edition: We need to keep up the pressure for continued action. Keep up the good work.

    Last Edit: 12 Apr, 2013, 12:27:27 by Columban Missionaries


  5. Associate Professor David Davey:
    Mar 01, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Climate Change: Christians surely must have a deep responsibility to our planet and to its people.

    Last Edit: 12 Apr, 2013, 12:23:18 by Columban Missionaries


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