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Pope Francis’ highly anticipated
encyclical on ecology, expected in
June or July, will stop the world with
a call to action that will challenge the
lives and choices of every Christian,
says international ecology author and
educator Dr Paul Clarke.
“It is the most important thing that
will happen this year,” Dr Clarke told
staff from Blackfriars Priory School in
Adelaide recently. “It will be the definitive
moment where the human race will be
drawn to action.”
The Pope’s encyclical on ecology is
expected to address climate change
and other environmental abuses and
their impact on the poor. The encyclical
is expected to be publicly released by
as early as June, well before the United
Nations Climate Change Conference
is held in Paris in December. The
Conference’s objective is to reach
international agreement on climate
change, including emissions reductions
– a feat not achieved in 20 years of
“If we don’t make a decision in Paris on
how to address climate change then we
are heading in a seriously bad direction
of travel, but my hope is that there will
be a turning point,” said Dr Clarke.
Dr Clarke, co-director and founder of
Pop-Up-Foundation and professor of
education at St Mary’s University College
in London, is a member of the Global
Catholic Climate Movement.
Media reports say the final draft of the
encyclical was due for completion by
Pope Francis in March and would be
based on a duty to protect, and on
sustainable development. The encyclical
will touch on issues like the unmet
right to food and the unsustainable use
of natural resources and will provide
guidelines on how to address them.
Dr Clarke is author of international
best-seller Education for Sustainability:
Becoming Naturally Smart (2012)
and has been working with Catholic
Education South Australia for the past
He visited Blackfriars for the first time
on March 16 and is expected to return
later this year to work with the school
on green projects, including the school’s
planned sacred garden. He spent time
with a number of Catholic schools during
his Adelaide visit and was involved
in running intensive permaculture
workshops with Catholic Education
staff to boost ecological literacy among
The Southern Cross will publish a
special feature next month to mark
World Environment Day (June 5).
Pope’s green paper will
attract global attention
IT’S COMING: International ecology author and educator Dr Paul Clarke at
Blackfriars Priory School, in Prospect, says he expects the Pope’s paper on
ecology, due for release soon, will change global attitudes to sustainable living.
By Rebecca DiGirolamo
Catholics across Australia are being urged to
learn more about the nature of euthanasia and
the dangers it poses to society with the launch
of a new pamphlet exploring the truth and the
myths of the life and death debate.
A pamphlet, called Real care, love and
compassion – the alternative to euthanasia, has
been released by the Australian Catholic Bishops
The Bishops are responding to a fact sheet
released late last year by the National Church
Life Survey, which found 22 per cent of church-
going Catholics are neutral or unsure what they
think about euthanasia.
“The pamphlet will help inform people about the
dangers of legalised euthanasia”, said Bishop
Peter Comensoli, the Bishops’ delegate for
“This will help people to appreciate why
practices of respect and care are always a better
option for the dying.
“Suicide is always a tragedy, and all people who
are confronted by their mortality, whether or not
they are mentally or physically ill, deserve our
help and compassion, not a lethal dose.
“All people have dignity regardless of their
health, age, disability, usefulness or other
circumstance and deserve our love and support.
A genuinely compassionate response will always
look to dignifying the life of the person dying.
“Euthanasia is not just an issue of personal
choice, because it always involves at least one
The pamphlet can be downloaded from catholic.
Meanwhile, a major conference on euthanasia
is being held in Adelaide on May 22 and
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