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Leading by example

Interesting story about the installation of solar energy cells on the Pope Paul VI Auditorium in the Vatican.

The conversion to solar cells for the auditorium was apparently suggested by Pope Benedict's statements about his concern for the environment. 

Efforts are being made to ensure that the aesthetics of the building remain intact. Unused energy generated by the cells can be tapped by other Vatican facilities. Some additional buildings may also go solar in the future.

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Bravo to the Vatican for this move. B16 has been emphasizing environmental issues to an even greater extent than his predecessor, and it's nice to see some concrete actions being undertaken to back up the rhetoric. Have you seen his electric golf cart? Very nice.By the way, do any of the academics here know of some seminal works regarding catholic theology and the environment, or some of the contemporary leaders in that field?Harry

There's a notice for an upcoming Symposium on Catholic Social Theory and the Environment at the Mirror of Justice site (scroll down to June 5 entry):http://www.mirrorofjustice.com/mirrorofjustice/

Harry, I've circulated Jack Wintz's article from the St. Anthony Messenger around for a number of years in which he talks about all creation having a place in salvation.http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Jul2003/Feature2.aspI also like this prayer of St. Basil the Great:The earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof.Oh, God, enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all living things;With our brothers the animals to whom Thou gavest the earth as their home in common with us.We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty so that the voice of the earth, which should have gone up to Thee in song, has been a groan of travail.May we realize that they live not for us alone, but for themselves, and for Thee, and that they love the sweetness of life.Amen