Encyclicals

Editorial | Climate agreement or not, we are called to act

Don't be discouraged.

President Donald J. Trump's announcement June 1 that the United States will not honor the Paris agreement on climate doesn't change on our obligation to take care of the earth.

The United States and China, the two largest carbon emitters, and 195 other nations signed the agreement that was ratified in November 2016. The Paris agreement establishes that nations must reduce their carbon dioxide emissions in order to keep global temperatures well-below a 2-degree Celsius increase in relation to pre-industrial levels.

Electric car proves worthy investment for wallet, earth

Jim Struckel, a Cure of Ars parishioner, has solar panels on his roof and owns an electric car, which he charged at Missouri Botanical Garden’s charging station. He said that more world leaders need to promote caring for our earth, as Pope Francis did in the encyclical, ‘Laudato Si.’

Jim Struckel sat in his car -- a sharp-looking compact four-door with an aerodynamic design -- in the shade on the Missouri Botanical Garden's parking lot while reading the daily newspaper.

A closer look showed that his car was hooked up to one of the garden's four electric vehicle charging stations. There is no charge for the use of the charging stations, with a full charge taking between four and five hours.

Greenbacks and the green economy: Ecology is good business

VATICAN CITY — Consumers want products that are environmentally friendly, and businesses that are not on board are already starting to feel the pinch, said the CEO of the multinational Unilever.

Paul Polman, CEO of the company that owns brands like Lipton, Ben & Jerry's and Suave, told a Vatican-sponsored conference that "the cost of inaction (on climate change) is starting to exceed the cost of action."

In first encyclical, pope celebrates faith as the light of human life

Pope Francis released his first first encyclical "Lumen Fidei" ("The Light of Faith"), on July 5.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei" ("The Light of Faith"), is a celebration of Christian faith as the guiding light of a "successful and fruitful life," inspiring social action as well as devotion to God, and illuminating "every aspect of human existence," including philosophy and the natural sciences.

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Encyclical illustrates continuity of two papacies, officials say

VATICAN CITY — Presenting Pope Francis' new encyclical and acknowledging how much of it was prepared by retired Pope Benedict XVI, top Vatican officials hailed it as a unique expression of the development of papal teaching and unity in faith.

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‘Humanae Vitae’ provides fuel for life

The week of July 19 has been designated as Natural Family Planning Awareness Week in observance of the 41st anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” or “On Human Life.” Since the encyclical’s publication, few issues in Catholic life have received more comment — both approving and disapproving — than the Holy Father’s assertion that the marital relationship must remain open to the possibility of new life in every act of marital intimacy.  

When the encyclical was promulgated, there were almost instantaneous debates about the magisterium’s authority to speak on the issue and the widespread, but wrongful, thinking that contraception is a matter of individual conscience exclusively, without recourse to God’s design for the transmission of human life. The Holy Father had said no more and no less than what the Church had always taught. He said no more than what had been universally accepted by nearly every Christian denomination until the 1930s.

But what he said in restating what has been perennial Christian moral understanding contrasted sharply with the prevailing secular culture and the common practice of people who lived the culture without reference to the law written into the very fabric of human nature.

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