Sunday 21 January 2018

Church faces more serious matters than media scrum over Maynooth

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Photo: Collins
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Photo: Collins

Fr Seán McDonagh

In recent times, I have been writing about climate change and how Ireland is not living up to its obligations. The situation is very serious. Scientists are telling us that 2015 was the hottest year on record and that 2016 is expected to be even warmer.

The issue will lead to the death and displacement of millions of people, but unfortunately our media and politicians have been slow to grapple with it in an effective and competent way. It is only very recently that the leadership of the Catholic Church has begun to take the environmental degradation of the planet seriously.

In June 2015, Pope Francis published an extraordinary encyclical on the care of creation, entitled 'Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home'.

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