- Dec 5, 2019
Hundreds of Catholics participated in the People’s Climate March in Washington over the weekend. They wanted to send a message to President Donald Trump that his policies on the environment and energy development do not follow Pope Francis’s call to protect Earth.
“It helps make Catholic scientists visible,” Thomas Levergood, executive director of Lumen Christi Institute, said. “Intellectually, there’s no conflict between Catholicism and science. There’s actually a lot of synergy between them.”
Charmaine Yoest, Trump’s new appointment to HHS, served for years as president and CEO of Americans United for Life, a pro-life law organization that works to coordinate and support the advance of pro-life legislation, particularly at the state level. She is currently a senior fellow at American Values in Washington, D.C.
Many lay Catholics participated in the climate change marches over the weekend, but several groups of religious sisters did so also for varying reasons. They wanted to demonstrate their support for science as well as to bring to light the relationship between climate change and the poor.
“There is nothing pro-life about the state-sanctioned killing of an intellectually disabled man,” was just one of the many messages Sister Helen Prejean tweeted during Kenneth Williams’ final hours. His is the fourth execution in quick succession in the state of Arkansas.
Every president since Eisenhower has issued a proclamation declaring “Loyalty Day.” So why are people so upset that President Donald Trump has issued his own proclamation? Maybe it is because Americans are finding it increasingly impossible to talk about politics in a civil manner, and Trump, more than anyone else, represents this fact.