Cardinal Peter Turkson visits Fresno

Turkson spent his hour-long talk summarizing Laudato Si’

Prefect of the Vatican’s Department for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, speaks during a news conference on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, in Fresno. (Fresno Bee/Silvia Flores)

One of Pope Francis’ main cardinals – who oversees Vatican offices addressing issues such as environmental pollution, climate change, health care, charity, immigrants and refugees on behalf of the Catholic Church worldwide – spoke in Fresno on Monday night about the importance of caring for the environment, “our common home,” as a way to help humanity and better understand God.

Cardinal Peter Turkson said “care for creation” means that “we respect how we use our resources of creation but also how we pay attention to the needy, the fragile, the poor ones, in our midst” during an invitation-only presentation at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in northeast Fresno.

Turkson was invited to speak in Fresno by Bishop Armando Ochoa following the four-day Vatican-sponsored U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto.

Turkson outlined key points in the pope’s “Laudato Si: On Care of Our Common Home” encyclical, of which Turkson helped write the first draft. It got a lot of attention after its publication in summer 2015 for its mention of climate change as a threat, but Turkson sees it mostly as a social document.

Turkson spent his hour-long talk summarizing the encyclical, including:

▪ Pope Francis continued the teachings of other popes and consulted numerous bishops in his writing.

▪ Working together and dialogue – including between science and faith – can help create a better world, as does sympathy and a “sense of tenderness for creation.”

▪ Changing attitudes requires motivation, which can come in the form of education and learning the importance of “ecological citizenship.” Answering a question following his talk, Turkson encouraged people to do what they can to reduce carbon emission in the atmosphere.

Full story at The Fresno Bee.

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  1. With all due respect….I think the Church should pay more attention to teaching people the TRUE CATHOLIC RELIGION! And to speak up again killing of unborn children, physician assisted suicide and embryonic stem sell research!!!

    Again, if people are not born……everything else is a moot point.

    P.S. That conference in Modesto last week was hijacked. Go on line and check out the video:
    popularmovements.org And one of the supporters of that conference was PICO! Whom George Soros
    backs. He wants to bring down the Church and Our Government. The conference was a ruse, just to get their ‘agenda’ out and rile people up. Disgusting.

    • When organizations put on large events like the one in Modesto, it seeks out other groups to pay for it. The conference in question was sponsored by the Vatican and paid for by various organizations. The Cardinal is the head of the Vatican department that organized the conference, the first in the U.S. They are happening all over the world. PICO may not be one’s favorite community organizing group, but that doesn’t mean that everything associated with the conference was bad.

      • Bob One,

        Not everyone’s favorite group…..anything George Soros is backing is evil!

      • Steve Seitz says:

        I don’t know anything about PICO, but its troubling if George Soros helped sponsor the meeting. He’s always struck me as very anti-Catholic. If he sponsored a Catholic event, he can’t be up to much good.

  2. Peggy Bartley says:

    “The road to Hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path.”
    “I do not think there are many among Bishops that will be saved, but many more that perish.”
    **St. John Chrysostom

    • Larry Northon says:

      Somehow, I think it would be better to die a rich playboy who wasted his fortune on gambling, fast yachts and faster women than to die a modest-living bishop who enjoyed the boundless affection of his flock because he never once rebuked their sins. I would think Divine Judgment would be much easier on the former than the latter.

  3. Steve Seitz says:

    Cardinal Turkson says that he co-wrote the first draft of Laudato Si. What I want to know is who the final editor was. The final document seemed like it had been written by a large committee where people added comments but no one ever reviewed the final product to ensure continuity. As such, it struck me mostly as incoherent fluff. After reading half the document, I got so frustrated that I decided to skip ahead to the sections with the teaching elements. But I never found them.

    If possible, could someone tell me where the teaching elements were in the document?

  4. Over the last few years there has been a lot of talk and newspaper ink about the Cardinal getting elected the next Pope. Most Cardinals who are considered “palpable” (sic) are never elected. But you never know.

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