CHANGE IN PROGRAM Religion Ethics & NewsWeekly, June 19, 2015

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There is a change in tomorrow’s program for Religion Ethics & NewsWeekly, show #1842. We are not having a conversation between host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton discussing implications of the document and reactions to it.  However, we are still reporting on the encyclical in our news segment at the top of the show.  Below is the revised listing for Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment

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Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment – This week, Pope Francis released his first major teaching document, a strong statement on the environment. He specifically raised concerns about the impact of climate change on poor and vulnerable people and said care for the earth and care for the needy are both moral mandates.

The other two listings remain the same.

Faith-based Activism on Climate Change – Kim Lawton traveled to the bayous of South Louisiana, where faith-based activists are trying to help vulnerable communities they say are directly affected by climate change.  Most scientists say climate change has led to rising sea levels which are accelerating erosion and land loss. Lawton talked to delta residents who are being displaced, as well as local religious leaders. She also spoke with national advocates who appreciate the pope’s efforts, and those who believe concerns about climate change are overblown.

Recalling Liberation Theology - With its link between protecting the Earth and helping the poor, Pope Francis’s encyclical brings back for many people memories of what Catholics and others called “Liberation Theology.”  It was a controversial effort in the 1970’s and ‘80s to bring about social and economic changes with the support of the Catholic church, and it was practiced most notably in Central and South America.  On a recent trip to Nicaragua, Fred de Sam Lazaro spoke with some of the aging veterans of that country’s Liberation Theology struggles of a generation ago.