Catholic groups in San Francisco archdiocese reaffirm climate action

The University of San Francisco, Daughters of Charity, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Presentation Sisters, Sisters of Mercy, St. Raphael Parish in San Rafael, St. Teresa of Avila Parish and Mercy High School have signed the Catholic Climate Declaration

Eight local Catholic organizations have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement global climate change accord by signing the Catholic Climate Declaration.   The Catholic Climate Covenant is a nonprofit formed by the U.S. bishops and other Catholic organizations in 2006 to help guide church response to the moral consequences of climate change. The declaration affirms … [Read more...]

Al Gore: “Because of Pope Francis, I really could become a Catholic”

Former vice president and pro-abortion politician recommends that people of all faith traditions should read Laudato Si' Glenmary Father John S. Rausch appeared on CNN Aug. 1 as part of a climate change town hall event with former United States Vice President Al Gore. After being introduced by host Anderson Cooper, Father John said his experience as a priest in Appalachia has led him to believe the climate crisis is a crisis in spirituality. Father … [Read more...]

CA bishops like Jerry Brown’s cap and trade

See as in line with Pope Francis

The following comes from a July 21 release from the California Catholic Conference. The Legislature has officially recessed for the summer this week, but not before moving on a key piece of environmental legislation. On Monday, lawmakers gave a bi-partisan nod of approval to AB 398 (Garcia, D-Coachella), the extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program through the year … [Read more...]

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...]

“I am worried about the quality of life here in Los Angeles”

Archbishop José Gomez frets over homelessness, environment: "The earth is our common home and everyone on earth deserves a place that he or she can call 'my home.'”

At the dawn of creation, the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the earth’s deep waters. I was thinking about this image from the Book of Genesis on June 4, as I was praying and preparing to celebrate Pentecost. Two days earlier, our government had announced that it was pulling out of the so-called Paris Agreement on climate change — an action that provoked deep concern … [Read more...]

Stockton bishop: “We’re going to have to respond, to demand political action”

Bishop Stephen Blaire discusses environmental issues in Catholic Ecology interview

As the world waited Thursday morning for President Donald Trump to make his big announcement about the Paris Climate Accord, I had the pleasure of spending time with The Most Rev­erend Stephen E. Blaire, the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Stockton, California. It was a providential time to speak of the Church’s eco teachings, and how faith and politics must work together to … [Read more...]

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Catholic Church a major force behind effort to create independent energy consortium that would provide electricity to all residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties

At the end of mass last Sunday, Margaret Rebecchi explained to the congregation of Our Lady of the Assumption Church the work she’s doing on behalf of the environment, including promoting a program to help all the churches in the Monterey Diocese install solar panels, which would help save $10 million in 10 years. “You all know that Pope Francis has spoken very strongly about … [Read more...]

Immigration, the death penalty and the environment

More than 40,000 expected at 2017 Religious Education Congress, which begins today in Anaheim

More than 40,000 people of faith from around the world will attend the 2017 Religious Education Congress (RECongress) – the nation’s largest annual gathering of Catholics – this weekend (February 23-26) at the Anaheim Convention Center (800 Katella Ave, Anaheim, 92802). “I’m excited for this year’s Congress. It’s always a great time for fellowship and prayer,” said Archbishop … [Read more...]

Cardinal Peter Turkson visits Fresno

Turkson spent his hour-long talk summarizing Laudato Si’

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 … [Read more...]

Bay Area Catholic church ‘green teams’ grew in 2016

Parishioners told to walk to mass, use real plates, compost and recycle

The following comes from a December 13 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: Only eight months after the Archdiocese of San Francisco launched a major “Laudato Si’” initiative on April 23 at the urging of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, several parishes have taken steps to heed what Pope Francis called in his encyclical “the cry of the earth, the cry of the … [Read more...]