Blog Archive

Title Date
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
Listening to the message of nature in times of pandemic
Guest post by Michael Dominic Taylor, PhD. on lessons from the "suffering and storms of life"
May 13, 2020
"We turn our backs on death"
Pope Francis offers much-needed reminders in his homily for the Easter Vigil, 2020
Apr 11, 2020
"The King sleeps"
In an annual tradition, Catholic Ecology posts this ancient homily for Holy Saturday.
Apr 11, 2020
“New lifestyles”
What our pontiffs have been calling for is being discovered as our world slows, reflects on the value and basics of life
Mar 28, 2020
Nurturing healthy ecosystems with Mary Gardens
Contributor Kat Hoenke explains how big or small yards, or even an apartment patio, can make a big difference in caring for our common home
Mar 17, 2020
Caring for our global home benefits from a love of our first ones
Mar 14, 2020
Guest post: Small changes for a sustainable future
Genesis 2:15 tells us that “The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it." But how can we help to do that?
Feb 10, 2020
Life and politics
Catholics (should) bring a clarity and integrity to the fight for life that political extremes don't
Jan 22, 2020
A prayer for Australia
As fires scorch a continent, there's work for us all. Including prayer.
Jan 8, 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.