Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Assessing Pope Benedict XVI's Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the United States

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Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Assessing Pope Benedict XVI's Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the United States

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During his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI was called ‘the green pope’ because of his ecological commitments in his writings, statements, and practical initiatives. Containing twelve essays by lay, ordained, and religious Catholic theologians and scholars, along with a presentation and a homily by bishops, Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Assessing Pope Benedict XVI's Ecological Vision for the Catholic Church in the United States explores four key areas in connection with Benedict XVI’s teachings: human and natural ecology/human life and dignity; solidarity, justice, poverty and the common good; sacramentality of creation; and our Catholic faith in action. The product of mutual collaboration by bishops, scholars and staff, this anthology provides the most thorough treatment of Benedict XVI’s contributions to ecological teaching and offers fruitful directions for advancing concern among Catholics in the United States about ongoing threats to the integrity of Earth.

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9780739183809

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2013

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Lexington Books

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Lanham, MD

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Religion

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Table of Contents

Preface: Message on the 2010 World Day of Peace: “If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation” / Pope Benedict XVI

Introduction: Celebrating and Advancing Magisterial Discourse on the Ecological Crisis / Jame Schaefer

Part I. Human and Natural Ecology/Human Life and Dignity

Chapter 1: Bonaventure in Benedict: Franciscan Wisdom for Human Ecology / Keith Douglas Warner

Chapter 2: If You Want Responsibility, Build Relationship: A Personalist Approach to Benedict XVI's Environmental Vision / Mary A. Ashley

Chapter 3: Natural Law and the Natural Environment: Pope Benedict XVI's Vision Beyond Utilitarianism and Deontology / Michael Baur

Part II. Solidarity, Justice, Poverty, and the Common Good

Chapter 4: Human, Social, and Natural Ecology: Three Ecologies, One Cosmology, and the Common Good / Scott G. Hefelfinger

Chapter 5: Commodifying Creation? Pope Benedict XVI's Vision of the Goods of Creation Intended for All / Christiana Z. Peppard

Chapter 6: The Grammar of Creation: Agriculture in the Thought of Pope Benedict XVI / Matthew Whelan

Part III. The Sacramentality of Creation

Chapter 7: The Way of Wisdom: "Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life" (Prov 3:14) / Elizabeth Groppe

Chapter 8: The World as God’s Icon: Creation, Sacramentality, Liturgy / Kevin W. Irwin

Chapter 9: Pope Benedict XVI’s Cosmic Soteriology and the Advancement of Catechesis on the Environment / Jeremiah Vallery

Part IV. Our Catholic Faith in Action

Chapter 10: Discernment of the Church and the Dynamics of the Climate Change Convention / John T. Brinkman

Chapter 11: American Lifestyles and Structures of Sin: The Practical Implications of Pope Benedict XVI’s Ecological Vision for the American Church / David Cloutier

Chapter 12: American Nature Writing As a Critically-Appropriated Resource for Catholic Ecological Ethics / Anselma Dolcich-Ashley

Appendix A: Keynote Address at the Catholic Consultation on Environmental Justice and Climate Change / The Most Reverend Bernard Unabali

Appendix B: Homily: Catholic Consultation on Environmental Justice and Climate Change / The Most Reverend Bishop Donald Kettler