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Catholicism and the Natural World - THOMAS STORCK

Few Catholics seem aware that there is an authoritative Catholic teaching regarding our proper attitude and conduct toward the environment. In this, as in so many other areas, it seems that the Devil sponsors two opposite errors, two competing outlooks, both of which are wrong.  Popular  Read more...

A closer look at the pope's environmental message - Colleen Carroll Campbell

After months of focusing on the potential cost overruns and possible crowd shortfalls of World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, journalists covering the event last week suddenly started praising Pope Benedict XVI's charms and rapport with the young.  Read more...

A Word About Sparrows: Evangelizing the Animal Rights Movement - HELEN M. VALOIS

Like all errors, the animal rights movement contains elements of truth. Like the feminists who represent themselves as opposed to rape, unequal wages, and (until recently) sexual harassment in the workplace, the animal rights activists lead with issues we can all agree on.  Read more...

Another Green Revolution - Bjorn Lomborg

Genetically modified food offers hope for the world’s malnourished.  Read more...

Anti-human Copenhagen - Anne Applebaum

There is no nihilism like the nihilism of a 9-year-old.  Read more...

But shouldn't we be nice to puppies? - Wesley J. Smith

What is the proper Christian view toward "animal rights?" That depends on how one defines the term.   Read more...

Christian Stewardship What God Expects from Us - Philip C.L. Gray

What is Christian stewardship? How can I be a faithful steward of God's gifts?  Read more...

Christianity, the Environment, and Modern Gnostics - Matthea Brandenburg

In the public square, Christianity has often been mischaracterized in the environmental debate.   Read more...

Cornwall Declaration - Acton Institute

As concerns about the environment have grown in recent decades, the moral necessity of ecological stewardship has become increasingly clear. At the same time, however, certain misconceptions about nature and science, coupled with erroneous theological and anthropological positions, impede the advancement of a sound environmental ethic.  Read more...

Earth Day 2013: The Papal Edition - G. Tracy Mehan, III

The pronouncements of Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis about the environment are challenging, even counter-cultural.  Read more...

Eating our Friends - Roger Scruton

The consensus among the monotheistic religions has been that animals exist for our purposes and that we are entitled to use them, domesticate them and eat them, subject only to God's inscrutable dietary laws.  Read more...

Environmental Egocentrism - Matthew Hanley

Perhaps it is just an unhappy irony that one of the most hallowed days on the environmental activist’s calendar, last month’s Earth Day, falls so uncomfortably close to the much less covered Malaria Day.   Read more...

From Environment to Environmentalism - REV. JOSEPH M. DE TORRE

A danger comes when a natural moral concern for the environment, as God's entrustment to man, turns into a cult or worship of the environment itself—an environmentalism.  Read more...

Girl Fish, Boy Fish, ‘It’ Fish - Donald DeMarco

I have a friend in Quebec who wrote to Canada’s top environmental guru, David Suzuki, asking him to consider how the “moral environment” impacts on the “material environment,” a point that is missing from Suzuki’s voluminous statements about the environment.  Read more...

Hug the Earth, kill the humans - Barbara Kay

In reaction to the March 29 maritime deaths of four seal hunters, Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society chief, declared the deaths of seals a "greater tragedy."  Read more...

In Defense of 'Speciesism' - Colleen Carroll Campbell

Wesley J. Smith is a speciesist. And he thinks you should be, too.  Read more...

Is environmentalism the new religion? - Joseph Brean

In his new book Apollo’s Arrow, ambitiously subtitled The Science of Prediction and the Future of Everything, Vancouver-based author and mathematician David Orrell set out to explain why the mathematical models scientists use to predict the weather, the climate and the economy are not getting any better, just more refined in their uncertainty.  Read more...

Let There Be Light, Sickly Blue Light - Joseph Bottum

In the beginning, there was a glade. A green and foresty place, a meadowy clearing in the great big woods. The robins called from branch to branch. A laughing stream wove gently through the dell. A rabbit hopped through the long grass, bright with morning dew. All was well, and all manner of things were well – until, one day, the evil came.   Read more...

Lost in the Forest? Some Books on Ecology - Stratford Caldecott

If books are like trees (as well as being made from them), the genre of "green theology" is a veritable forest. A reader coming to the edge of this jungle for the first time needs to have at least a rough map in hand before plunging in. My own map would start by dividing the forest into rough areas: general surveys of green theology at the centre, with creation spirituality and so-called "deep ecology" off to one side, close to the books on eco-feminism and Celtic Christianity.  Read more...

Papal Environmentalism: Pro-Life and Pro-Marriage - George Weigel

In his January 11 address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI continued to carve out an interesting Catholic position on ecology.   Read more...

The Environment - Rod Dreher

Truth? I am an avid indoorsman, a man who finds it difficult to get all misty about the great outdoors. That's where the snakes live.  Read more...

The Use of All Creation - Fr. William Saunders

My son criticizes me for wearing a fur coat. He says that this is cruelty to animals. I say this is why God made minks or whatever. Does the Church have a teaching on this?  Read more...

The Worst of all Worlds - Bjorn Lomborg

One-sided exaggeration is not the way forward. We urgently need balance if we are to make sensible choices.  Read more...

They think they're people - Barbara Kay

When it comes to ‘animal ethics,’ Adam and Eve could teach today’s avant-garde scholars a thing or two.  Read more...

True environmentalists are pro-life, says Pope - Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI says efforts to protect the environment cannot be opposed to human life and safeguarding the dignity of the person.  Read more...


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