Priests ‘should learn about climate change as part of their formation’

Priests ‘should learn about climate change as part of their formation’

Updated Vatican guidelines say clergy must promote care for creation

[The British Catholic Herald’s highlighting of the USCCCP CNS-Pravda article Vatican updates guidelines for educating priests]

by Cindy Wooden
posted Thursday, 8 Dec 2016

Reaffirming the requirement that seminarians study Catholic social teaching, the document says the education must include a study of climate change and other environmental threats.

“Protecting the environment and caring for our common home – the Earth – belong fully to the Christian outlook on man and reality,” the document says. Catholic priests must be “promoters of an appropriate care for everything connected to the protection of creation.”

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5 comments on “Priests ‘should learn about climate change as part of their formation’



  1. Master Po: Concentrate, Grasshopper. A true Shaolin monk must know his Enneagram number.

  2. Jeff Sachs, Soros minion par excellence, strikes again!

    Next step will be a Soros shell corporation buys up L’Osservatore Romano and changes the masthead to two polar bears clinging to one another on a rapidly melting iceberg. Oh, and it will start including ads for MA & CA “legal grass” outlets and doing interviews with BLM leaders. Hans Kung is probably in contract negotiations to become Senior Editor.

  3. Küng Fu: Modernism the Legend Continues





    Master Po: Ah, Grasshopper, what is troubling you?



    Kwai Chang: I am wondering, Master, with all of this talk of climate change, is it possible that the Pope fried his brain with the same mescaline and White Lightning acid that took out the counterculture for the MK Ultra Project in the late 1960s?



    Master Po: Ah, Grasshopper, many strange things are possible in the magic carpet ride of the neo-Hegelian dialectic of progressive modernism and the Spirit of Vatican II.If a donkey could guess the cosmological significance of every hexagram of the I Ching why would he have to make his living pulling a cart?



    Kwai Chang: I cannot be certain, Master.
    Have you decided when you will tell me my Enneagram number?





    Master Po: It is still too soon for that, Grasshopper.



    Kwai Chang: Why is it still too soon for that, Master?



    Master Po: Because you have not yet solved the riddle of why Mary Richards cannot keep a boyfriend despite having read Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving five times.





    For Mary Richards, a childless single career woman in 1970s Minneapolis, washing her Ford Mustang while wearing a Fran Tarkenton Minnesota Vikings sweatshirt, as Glenn Frey and the Eagles crooned “Take It Easy” on her 8-track tape player, the mysteries of Zen and the progressive modernist obsession with climate change were far from her mind…



    Rhoda: You should try yoga, Damiana supplements, and Vitamin E, Mary. You really should.





  4. Kwai Chang: But Master, Brian Williams says the donkeys in Habana wish to pull the cart to honor El Comandante.



  5. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Donkeys pulling carts in Communist Cuba instead of deciphering the hermeneutics and cosmological significance of the I Ching, analyze using your usual superior Vulcan logic which we no longer call “superior” out of concerns not to be accused of excessive rigidity and neo-Pelagian triumphalism by sensitive modernists and secular progressives with self-esteem issues who might find Aristotelian logic an oppressive microaggression requiring safe space therapies…



    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. Christians may recall that Jesus and even St. Francis of Assisi demonstrated fondness for donkeys. However, I would need to consult the ship’s computer in order to compile statistics for a comparative analysis of the relative safety or dangers of donkey cart transportation and old-style, petroleum-powered automobiles.



    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: Oh, yes, St. Francis of Assisi did maintain an outreach program to animals, including donkeys. But I would assume that the Holy Father would want the donkeys in Cuba to be organized into trade unions to protect their rights and access to pesticide-free, organic hay, oats, and straw. Of course, he might draw the line at air conditioning for their stables….



    Hans Küng: I would like to address that…



    Reverend Neuhaus: Forgive me for interrupting again as aggressive and pushy professional Protestant converts sometimes do, but this might be a good time to discuss the Naked Public Square in modernity, Max Weber’s concept of disenchantment in modern culture, and Professor Taylor’s secularization theories.

    Incidentally, growing up as a child, I was always charmed by Catholic Nativity displays which featured live donkeys. Years later, I wondered why Rudy Bultmann had missed the charm of Christmas Nativity scenes in the public square. Perhaps George or Jody have some ideas on this to share….


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