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Berry Forum Presentation at Iona: “The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Laudato Si”

Kevin Cawley at Lectern Br. Kevin at Lectern

Br. Kevin Cawley addressed a student and faculty audience on Thursday, November 21, 2019 under the heading, "Laudato Si and the USA Catholic Church: The State of Play". Kevin shared images and data to show the current situation regarding climate change and general shortfall of meaningful action in the global response thus far. The presentation moved through the multiple challenges facing the planet – climate change, melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, sea level rise that threatens millions of the poorest, forest degradation, rising inequality, stronger storms, longer wildfire seasons, and the failure generally to achieve the global goals to reduce carbon emissions enshrined in the Paris Agreement on climate. Laudato Si has been one of the bright markers in the world-wide struggle to achieve a coherent vision for a global response to these multiple crises. Pope Francis has been clear that the current situation is not just an environmental crisis but also an enormous failure of justice for the world’s poor. His repeated refrain, "The cry of the earth is the cry of the poor," has been carried forward on many fronts. Iona College has committed to advancing the message of Laudato Si and the Berry Forum along with Edmund Rice International continue to spread this message of the Holy Father.

Pope with quote Praise to you, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us... Photo Credits: Kevin Cawley, Tom Stitt