We know the emission of carbon dioxide through the burning of fossil fuels is one of the largest causes of the climate crisis. Global temperatures continue to rise, causing unprecedented droughts, heatwaves and other extreme weather events which in turn threaten the well-being of present and future generations. We must bring these emissions down. Yet today, the Supreme Court chose to limit EPA’s authority to regulate these emissions, rendering less resourced our collective imperative to care for creation and address the climate crisis.
We are deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court has decided not to uphold the authority of the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act. As Catholics, we are called to uphold life and the dignity of every human person. Our care for creation is an integral aspect of that call and part of a wholistic vision for human thriving. This vision includes nutritious food, safe shelter, as well as clean air, clean water and a livable climate: in short, a care for all of creation and every human person including future generations.
Finding healing and exploring ways to work more effectively with diverse communities was the focus of the general session on the second day of the “Alive in Christ: Young, Diverse, Prophetic Voices Journeying Together,” a multicultural national gathering of Catholic ministry leaders in Chicago June 23-26.
Over 300 Catholic ministry leaders, young adults and bishops from dioceses and parishes around the country listened to the panelists who spoke about the importance of embracing historical memories in their cultures and faith.
Read on for what messages the Ecospirituality Nights series left is with: "Of the many things I learned from our Ecospirituality Nights series, I think this was the first – that I am not alone. I see things differently now. I see bigger pictures and connections that I didn’t know existed before. I look out at the tree line from my porch, enjoying the view, but when I see the plume of pollution rising in the distance, I don’t feel helpless anymore"
St. James Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago takes walking seriously, much like the pilgrims devoted to its patron saint. And while a new Laudato Si’-inspired labyrinth the parish is planning won’t be nearly as long as the famed Camino de Santiago, it can still be a source of spiritual sustenance, parish leaders said.
“We want it to be a place where people can come and experience grace,” said Amy Pellettiere, the Vitality Coordinator at St. James, “even amidst all of the noise and busyness of the city.”