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Dakota Access Pipeline Is “Morally Unacceptable”

Would Jesus put the profits of a few before the health of many? Not likely. It’s easy then to know how Jesus would feel about the Dakota Access pipeline, which puts drinking water for millions at risk. After the federal government approved the pipeline last week, Catholics came together to call the project “morally unacceptable.” “We […]

March 2nd

Pope Francis Says Money Dominates Politics

Pope Francis had strong words for world leaders’ priorities, including United States president-elect Donald Trump last week. During a speech the pontiff decried politicians who promote corporate profits above the common good. “The ‘distraction’ or delay in implementing global agreements on the environment shows that politics has become submissive to a technology and economy which seek […]

December 8th

Pope’s Global Call for Solar Catholic Schools is Laudato Si’ in Action

Demonstrating the Catholic Church’s commitment to the environment, as embodied in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, top Vatican officials responded enthusiastically to dozens of catholic schools in Queensland, Australia going solar. All 31 schools in the Townsville Diocese have recently switched to solar power, resulting in annual electricity savings of $250,000. The resounding success of Australia’s […]

June 27th

Buddhist Holiday in Sri Lanka Honors Buddha With Trees

According to Buddhist tradition, just before Buddha died he saw his faithful attendant Ananda weeping. Buddha advised him not to weep over the natural disintegration of his physical body, but follow his teachings and pass them on because only truth is eternal. Buddhists remember this advice on Vesak, their lord’s birthday, by refocusing on his teachings […]

June 1st

Would Jesus Vote for Bernie Sanders?

Seeing #FeeltheBern all day on Facebook and Twitter may give you heart-bern. But it’s hard not to like Bernie Sanders. His populist message taps into the anger many Americans feel toward our pay-to-play political structure. His call for universal health care and free college tuition is simply a call for Americans to be healthier, smarter, and more competitive […]

February 17th

Inhofe Says Science Deniers “Doing Lord’s Work”

It’s hard out there for a climate denier, especially in Paris this week. As public consciousness in even the most conservative countries — the United States, Australia, and Canada — has shifted toward debating action, people are less interested in debating science. But Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), isn’t ready to admit defeat just yet. Although he opted […]

December 9th

President Francois Hollande’s Spiritual Environmentalism

Climate change is a historic, global event threatening our safety, our food, our health, and our children. But the seriousness of the event often gets lost in decimal-point warming trends and sea-level rise predictions. Thankfully, this is something French President François Hollande has noticed and is beginning to remedy by tying activism to morality and religion. […]

December 2nd