Office of Advocacy and Justice Updates

In What the earth needs now is an ethic of life published in U.S. Catholic, John E. Phelan gives a powerful account of why protecting human life and dignity must necessarily include caring for all of creation.

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Stewards of the Earth

Creation Care as a Life Issue

In What the earth needs now is an ethic of life published in U.S. Catholic, John E. Phelan gives a powerful account of why protecting human life and dignity must necessarily include caring for all of creation.

America Magazine and Prudence

In Dear Prudence published by America Magazine, John Carr, offers a reflection on the virtue (and misuse) of prudence.  Carr writes that Catholics are called to bring the Church’s teaching to the public sphere, and notes that this process requires the application of prudence.   Prudence is a key feature—and for the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, a key organizing principle—of the U.S. bishops’ statement on climate change, Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good

NASA on Effects of Climate Change

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently published a new video projecting the consequences of climate change on drought and rainfall around the world.  According to NASA, The study shows for the first time how rising carbon dioxide concentrations could affect the entire range of rainfall types on Earth.

Prepare for the Feast of St. Francis!

This year our Feast of St. Francis program will highlight the Pontifical Academy of Science’s Working Group (PAS) statement, Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene, combined with viewing a “TED” talk by James Balog, the science photographer behind the documentary film Chasing Ice, who documented some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change through time-lapse photography of receding glaciers around the world.

Execution Scheduled for June 12th    

William Poyck is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, June 12th.  Please pray for Mr. Poyck, his family, the victim’s family and friends, that they will continue to receive healing through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; for all the public officials involved in this scheduled execution; for Governor Scott, that he will discern God’s will and apply the teachings of our Catholic faith on the death penalty. Please refer to the petitions and bulletin insert below. If you would like to schedule a prayer service for your parish or want more information, contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice, advocacyjustice@orlandodiocese.org or 407-246-4819.

The U. S. Catholic Bishops have called all Catholics to participate in a campaign to achieve the abolishment of the death penalty, see: www.usccb.org/deathpenalty.

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops has released and open letter to Gov. Rick Scott. Read it here.

Advocacy Efforts

Senate Continues on the Farm Bill

The Farm Bill affects us all, not just farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Besides farm programs, it sets public policy on nutrition, food assistance, stewardship of the land, renewable energy and more. The 2013 Farm Bill is an opportunity to address our nation’s broken and outdated agricultural policies.

TAKE ACTION! Send a message to your Senators via this alert from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Immigration Reforms Move Ahead to Full Senate

 Last week, the Senate Judiciary committee approved an immigration reform bill; it is set to hit the Senate floor in early June. As people of faith, we need to hold Senators to the highest standards and urge them to vote for reform that ends deportations, offers an accessible pathway to citizenship, and protects all workers, regardless of their immigration status.

To keep up to date please refer to these two great resources: Franciscan Action Network and the Justice for Immigrants campaign website