US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Can a global pact control the world's lethal weapons trade?

By Kevin Clarke |
Article Justice

Perhaps only the global drug trade has been less scrutinized than the $70 billion annual market in conventional weapons. The world community took a significant step toward changing that situation in April when it approved the historic global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that will for the first time attempt to set limits on arms transfers between states and non-state actors.


Who is bearing the brunt of climate change?

By Kevin Clarke |
Article Justice
Those least responsible for our flood of climate change concerns are bearing the brunt of the storm.

A year after the twin blows of Hurricane Irene and the great Halloween nor’easter, New Yorkers were treated to what must surely be the worst revival to ever hit the Great White Way. In painfully familiar waves, two vast storms hit town in late October and early November. The devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy went far beyond Irene’s worst, and the follow-up nor’easter a week later only added to the region’s misery as thousands endured a second week without power or heat.


O death, where is thy ecological concern?

Online Editor |
Survey Lifestyle

The environment is an end-of-life issue: Caring for creation shouldn’t stop when we die.


It's easy being green when building a church

By Judith Dupré |
Article Your Faith
It's not as difficult—or expensive—as you might think to build a green parish.

Church design is evolving as people reawaken to the ancient wisdom that the environment is a series of exquisite interconnections. Forward-looking congregations are building and renovating in ways that reflect the belief that God resides in the world and all creation resides within God.


Green wrapping paper for Christmas

By Megan Sweas |
blog Culture

Interesting that as we approach the last week for you to take our survey on going green for Christmas, I received a publicity email today about two new companies selling reusable gift wrap.

You might not be thinking about gifts yet, but it might be a good idea to order your gift wrap now. I know I need to do so. As I wrote in Have yourself a green Christmas, wrapping paper is the next area in which I want to go green. (Do you think it's a good idea or that I'm crazy/a Grinch? Take the survey!)


Why should parishes go green?

By Kristen Hannum |
Article Your Faith
Five reasons Catholic communities should care about cleaning up the environment.

1. You don't have to believe in climate change to believe in its solution. Energy conservation and alternative energy use mean healthier children, improved national security, and lower heating and cooling bills for families and parishes. It's a "no regrets" strategy.


Can Catholics go greener?

By Bryan Cones |
blog Your Faith

I was pleased to read today of a new Catholic initiative on climate change, the Catholic Climate Covenant, which was introduced yesterday by Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane, Washington, according to a New York Times blog. Catholic insitutions--schools, hospitals, and parishes--together could make a big difference in our collective carbon footprint. The press conference focused especially on the effects of climate change on the poor of the developing world.


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