Blog Archive

Title Date
The charitable response to (climate) denial
What science and our Catholic faith have to teach us about more fruitful conversations
Oct 23, 2023
War, Genesis, and October Devotions
Today is Parashat Bereishit for the Jewish people, a day which begins the annual reading of the Torah.
Oct 14, 2023
A timely exhortation shining light on three crucial realities of our age
Review and analysis of Pope Francis's Laudate Deum
Oct 10, 2023
A reminder about Catholic history and the gifts of nature
Missio Dei examines herbalism and its long use by people of faith
Aug 16, 2022
Thoughts a year later on grief and life
Jul 29, 2022
Goodbye Global Catholic Climate Movement. Welcome, Laudato Si’ Movement!
The six-year-old GCCM today announced not just a new name but deeper changes in mission, values
Jul 29, 2021
Book Review: Camosy's "Losing Our Dignity" is a damning yet hopeful study of Western medicine and caregiving
Following up on "Resisting Throwaway Culture," Fordham's Dr. Charles Camosy examines how COVID-19 exposed deep, existing flaws in caring for the elderly, the physically or mentally compromised, and the otherwise least among us
Jul 24, 2021
Promoting Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Proclaiming the Good News on Social Media and the Internet
The Saint Kateri Conservation Center has built a big social media audience these past years. In this guest post, Bill Jacobs, the center's founder, explains how.
Jun 16, 2021
Free, online Laudato Si' conference: you're invited!
Creighton University and the Catholic Climate Covenant want to help you keep Laudato Si' momentum growing in the US Catholic Church
Jun 5, 2021
Three takeaways for the day after Earth Day
Protecting creation is a core Catholic idea—and it goes far beyond the secular notion of eco-protection.
Apr 22, 2021
Laudato Si' and governance at Ave Maria Press
A brief essay by Catholic Ecology's Bill Patenaude looks at a surprising message in Laudato Si' about our expectations of government
Apr 21, 2021
The eco-implications of the Annunciation
The great Fiat of Mary changed humanity and all creation forever, a fact that elevates the work of protecting the natural world.
Mar 25, 2021
When talk means action
Dr. Dan DiLeo of Creighton University has been on the front lines of climate advocacy for years—and he’s about to share why all Catholics should be there, too.
Mar 20, 2021
Gearing up for on the go
An inspired group of young Africans are eager to meet the growing demand for eco-education. Now, all they need is a way to get moving.
Mar 13, 2021
A letter to Brazil
A forthcoming Church-backed letter to Brazilian leaders signals growing ecclesial pressure to protect the Amazon
Mar 12, 2021
Christianity’s most important political contribution is proclaiming the truth that we are made in the image of a God who is pure love and relationship.
Feb 20, 2021
Poll: Majority of US Catholics support responding to climate change, eco issues
Findings released today on the Feast of St. John Paul II may spell bad news for politicians with a reputation of downplaying environmental protection
Oct 22, 2020
Fratelli Tutti:  Two unexpected takeaways for Catholic Ecologists
The Holy Father’s sweeping encyclical on human relationships is arguably Pope Francis’s most personal treatise to date.
Oct 4, 2020
Pope Francis 2020: On Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti
Leading up to his latest encyclical, in recent weeks Pope Francis has stressed the relational nature of humanity in statements on creation, COVID-19, and care for the least among us.
Sep 30, 2020
The primacy of the person and other lessons from Michael Crichton’s "Next"
Contributor Eleanor Carrano combines faith and reason in her review of Crichton's thriller "Next," a novel exploring the ethics of genetic engineering
Jun 29, 2020


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Catholic Ecology posts my regular column in the Rhode Island Catholic, as well as scientific and theological commentary about the latest eco-news, both within and outside of the Catholic Church. What is contained herein is but one person's attempt to teach and defend the Church's teachings - ecological and otherwise. As such, I offer all contents of this blog for approval of the bishops of the Church. It is my hope that nothing herein will lead anyone astray from truth.