World needs ‘brain washing’ on climate change, Jerry Brown says at Vatican

Brown: “The problem … is us. It’s our whole way of life. It’s our comfort … It’s the greed. It’s the indulgence. It’s the pattern."

Gov. Jerry Brown challenged the world’s religious leaders to further engage as he minimized the negative effects of President Donald Trump on meeting the climate-change challenge. “The Trump factor is very small, very small indeed,” in comparison to the commitments taking place around the world, Brown said to a burst of applause Saturday at an event organized by the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

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Paris Agreement or not, Laudato Si’ moves ahead in Monterey diocese

Bishop Richard Garcia had instituted a climate campaign to consider actions the diocese could take in response to pope's encyclical on the environment

On June 1, President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, an accord adopted in 2015. But in parts of the U.S. church the pope’s encyclical has sparked creativity and innovation with impacts not so easily set aside. One such experiment in California that the Vatican itself highlighted is the Diocese of Monterey’s advocacy of … [Read more...]

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San Diego diocese launches Climate Change Initiative

Form "Creation Care Teams" at parishes across the diocese

The San Diego diocesan Office for Social Ministry has started an initiative to form Creation Care Teams at parishes across the diocese to organize actions to protect the environment. These can range from small lifestyle changes individuals can make to ones involving the parish or community beyond. Father Emmet Farrell, a retired priest, is coordinating the initiative, which is … [Read more...]

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‘A slap in the face for the Vatican’

Vatican official says If President Trump takes US out of Paris deal on climate change, “it would be a disaster for everyone"

One of Pope Francis’s closest collaborators in the Vatican’s fight against climate change has called President Donald Trump’s reported plan to pull out of the Paris accord a “disaster” and a “slap in the face for the Vatican.” Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, said that if … [Read more...]

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Catholic leaders: climate change on same level as abortion and death penalty

On Tuesday, the San Diego diocese is set to become the latest location to host a program called “Laudato Si’ in the Parish”

The following comes from a December 3 San Diego Union-Tribune article by Joshua Emerson Smith: Opposition to abortion and the death penalty have long been cardinal beliefs for the Roman Catholic church, whose faithful make up about a quarter of all Americans. What if fighting climate change becomes an equally passionate issue in parishes nationwide? The foremost group … [Read more...]

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Climate change is a moral issue, Bishop Blaire says

Diocese of Stockton joins Catholic groups to support clean power regulations

The following comes from an April 6 California Catholic Conference news release: The Diocese of Stockton, in the heart of California’s Central Valley and facing immense environmental challenges, has joined the Catholic Climate Covenant as well as other Catholic and faith groups in filing an amicus brief in support of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal standards on … [Read more...]

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‘An embarrassment for the Church’

Advisor to Pope equates papal position on abortion with position on global warming

The following comes from a December 18 LifeSiteNews article by John-Henry Westen: A heated exchange regarding global warming and magisterial teaching between a top Vatican official and various other presenters ended a December 3 Acton Institute conference in Rome. Argentinean Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, a close advisor to Pope Francis and the Chancellor of both the … [Read more...]

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Catholic Church has mixed results in lobbying California lawmakers

Right-to-die bill seen as next big test

The following comes from a September 24 KCRA article by David Bienick: As Pope Francis spoke to members of Congress on Thursday, some of the issues he raised remained up for debate at California's state Capitol. Supporters and opponents of a bill that would legalize assisted suicide held demonstrations on opposite sides of the state Capitol. Lawmakers approved the … [Read more...]

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Obama science czar hides e-mails

Forced-abortion advocate

The following comes from a Sept. 1 story by  Alex Newman on the American Thinker website. As if the embattled “most-transparent-in-history” White House needed more e-mail scandals, the Obama administration's “science czar,” John Holdren, an advocate of coercive population control and a one-time global-cooling alarmist, is facing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to access … [Read more...]

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Off to Rome we go

Gov. Jerry Brown, Bay Area mayors head to Vatican for climate-change meeting

The following comes from a July 19 Contra Costa Times article by Josh Richman, Jessica Calefati and Ramona Giwargis: California Governor Jerry Brown and Pope Francis will cross paths this week at a Vatican symposium on climate change and human trafficking. For now, both have discerned that battling climate change is part of that mission. "I'm very impressed with Pope … [Read more...]

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