Lecture on The Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, and its implications for Church and Society.
Lecture on Laudato Si
The publication of the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, is surely a very significant event for the Catholic Church, and indeed for the world. Pope Francis, in this encyclical, has further established hiimself as probably the most significant moral voice in the world today. We believe that our associationss should mark this publication and do our bit in propagating its message. So we have arranged the following event, and we encourage our members, especially those in the general Dublin region, to let your parishioners know about it:
The Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si, and its implications for Church and Society.
The Association of Catholics of Ireland (ACI) and the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) are jointly sponsoring a lecture on the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si. We regard the publication of this document as an event of enormous importance both for the Church and society, and that it is a particular responsibility for members of the Church to promote its message in every way we can.
Venue: Trinity College Chapel, Dublin
Date: Monday, June 29th
The speakers for the evening will be:
Fr. Sean McDonagh, Columban. Sean’s expertise in this whole area is internationally acknowledged. He was one of the chief advisors to the Vatican in the composition of the encyclical.
Dr. John Sweeney: John is retired professor of Geography at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He is an expert on Climate Change, a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and one of the contributors to the Irish Bishops Pastoral, Cry of the Earth (2009)
This event is open to everyone. At the conclusion of the lecture there will be time for questions and comments.
Admission is free. We wish to advise patrons that there is no parking facility in the college.
Thought this might be of use. Fifty, mostly ‘doable,’ ideas for making Laudato Si part of parish life.
Let’s get cracking!
That’s a great list but I’m still looking for a sense of urgency. Tell your parishioners that the scientific community is predicting a huge global tide increase and with it more extreme weather. This may be accelerated catastrophically by the ever increasing release of methane gas in northern Russia (Arctic). There are 9 nuclear facilities located on the coastlines of North America. What do you think a rising tide and extreme weather are going to do to these facilities? We don’t need to tell people what to do, we just have to ask them the right questions. Also, the people who have immediate control over this situation live among us day to day. What is their plan? How do we direct questions to them? Is there no need for urgency in the world today? Seems like everything else is urgent, no? There is no scaring anyone into action but when the facts surrounding the “potential” for catastrophe are continuously brought to the forefront, people will start to wake up. Does the future deserve such urgency or is this another 30 year plan? Don’t forget, the environment has gotten considerably worse under Greenpeace’s tenure. At the top of the list of 50, there should be a call to urgency. Under normal circumstances, climate scientists paint a “50 year” scenario – what’s been happening in the Arctic has everyone a little worried because 2020 seems to be a year that sticks in my mind for some reason. Is there a way we can stop burning fossil fuels tomorrow and start to immediately decommission these coastal nuclear sites? Please?
The meeting in Trinity Chapel around ‘Laudato Si was well attended and good. Sean McDonagh had to rush through his slides I guess because the event started late and wanted to finish and allow time for questions. There are, I know, interviews and shorted versions of the written word but I was wondering if Sean’s slides could be shared. Some people were totally frustrated because they saw how good they were but could not read them because of the rush. Could this be done via ACP website.
Thanks to Mary Vallely for the 50 most ‘doable’ideas. We all need to get going.