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Canon lawyer agrees with proposal to include environmental care in canon law

Fr Adrian Farrelly

PLANS to make Catholics legally obligated not only “not to harm” the environment but to improve it has “real merit”, Brisbane canon lawyer Fr Adrian Farrelly said. Fr Farrelly, a judicial vicar for the Queensland Regional Tribunal, said he agreed overall with a proposal from the former head of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts to insert a new canon in ... Read More »

Catholics urged to change mentality as shopping bags head for history’s bin

Erin Kennedy shopping

AS Queenslanders prepare for a ban on plastic shopping bags from July 1, Catholics are being urged to think more broadly about giving up harmful, single-use plastic items to protect the environment. “Using plastics is not a respectful use of resources,” Brisbane Catholic Erin Kennedy, a member of the archdiocesan Justice and Peace commission, said. “It has such a detrimental ... Read More »

New project to challenge Catholics to reduce carbon footprint, care more for environment

Peter Arndt

A PROJECT aimed at healing, protecting and caring for our common home is to be introduced in parishes and Catholic agencies across Brisbane archdiocese. Called Living Laudato Si’, the project will draw on Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical – Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home – and will challenge Catholics to make practical changes to the environment around them. ... Read More »

All Townsville Catholic schools have switched to solar with Vatican officials asking for global roll-out

solar schools project

SOLAR projects powering dozens of Queensland Catholic schools have so impressed Vatican officials that they believe the projects could be duplicated across the globe offering massive power savings, as well as demonstrating the Church’s environmental commitment. All 31 schools in the Diocese of Townsville have now switched to power from solar panels as part of a pioneering environmental project, reducing annual ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics among hundreds of thousands raising voices on climate change

Climate march

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge has encouraged Catholics not to abandon the debate on climate change to the politicians, economists, scientists and ideologues. He offered the encouragement to a group of Catholics before he prayed and blessed them as they prepared to join about 10,000 people on the People’s Climate March in Brisbane last weekend. They were uniting with hundreds of thousands ... Read More »

Making change happen for Earth’s sake

greenhouse gas emissions

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE’S Catholic Justice and Peace Commission is doing its best to play some small part in influencing what happens at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of the year. Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said the organisation was working with the Queensland Conservation Council and the Australian Conservation Federation to muster public opinion ... Read More »

Praise be to you, Lord

Ladauto Si', the Hobbit and Tolkien

By Archbishop Charles Chaput THE First World War lingers in the memory as humanity’s first encounter with industrialised killing on a mass scale. New weapons of the machine age obliterated forests, villages and fields – an entire way of life. This new type of war also deeply shaped the thinking of men who experienced it first-hand. Among them were JRR Tolkien ... Read More »

What to do? The pope’s practical tips for helping the environment

POPE Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” is a call for global action as well as an appeal for deep inner conversion. He points to numerous ways world organisations, nations and communities must move forward and the way individuals – believers and people of good will – should see, think, feel and act. Here are some ... Read More »

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