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A contextual view of the tensions arising from the Amazon Synod and its Working Document: Discernment from the Spirit of God in the key aspects of unity, charity, and peace

31 August 2019

Mauricio López Oropeza “And though I have the power of prophecy, to penetrate all mysteries and knowledge, and though I have all the faith necessary to move mountains, if I am without love, I am nothing…For we know only imperfectly, and we prophesy imperfectly. But once perfection comes, all imperfect things will be done away with.” (1 Corinthians 13: 2, 9-10) It seems natural to me and even desirable, that we should hear a variety of voices (even dissenting ones) in this Amazon Synod (Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region) process. This reflects well the abundant richness of our Church. In any synod journey, if we are talking about remaining faithful to its essential purpose, then we must welcome all voices, as long as they have the right intention and are for the good of the Church and its mission. This Amazon Synod which brings with it several novel features, is fully in accordance with the Apostolic Constitution, Episcopalis communio of Pope Francis. Perhaps one of its most defining features, and something that possibly explains the disquiet or lack of understanding in certain sectors within the Church itself – and beyond – is that it is
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Joint statement of Ecojesuit and Partners supporting urgent climate action

31 July 2019

(Updated from the July 31 Editorial “Ecojesuit statement supporting the Global Climate Strike”. To support this joint statement, please visit this link.) Climate change “represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day” (Laudato Si’ 25) and poses a great threat to the dignity and rights of future generations. In June this year, Pope Francis declared a climate emergency in front of chief executive officers and representatives of major energy and investment companies. He stressed the urgency of action, saying, “Dear friends, time is running out! Deliberations must go beyond mere exploration of what can be done, and concentrate on what needs to be done, starting today.” Time is certainly running out. In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a Special Report indicating the need for broader and more urgent action, as climate change was found to be accelerating at a faster pace than previously expected. This could severely affect our Common Home’s capacity to support life systems by 2030. As such, Ecojesuit and partners strongly support the Global Climate Strike activities, 20 to 27 September 2019, and encourages all to take urgent and sustained climate action. The Global Climate Strike is a strategic and opportune time to encourage
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Spirituality for action in two houses caring for our common home

Margarida Alvim It would hardly be helpful to describe symptoms without acknowledging the human origins of the ecological crisis. A certain way of understanding human life and activity has gone awry, to the serious detriment of the world around us. Should we not pause and consider this? (Laudato Si’ 101) God saw everything...


Philippine bishops call for ecological conversion and hope in a climate emergency

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released a pastoral letter on 16 July titled An urgent call for ecological conversion, hope in the face of climate emergency and that Ecojesuit shares below. The Philippine bishops also identified 12 action points towards the end, committing to live the spirit and principles of Laudato Si’....

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