Thursday greetings from a still cold and soggy Midwest. Our offices are not far from the Des Plaines River, which has been rising steadily over the past few days. We are all just looking forward to seeing some sunshine soon.
As a Catholic and as a human person on this planet, I am becoming more and more concerned with the decisions of the Trump administration, particularly regarding the protection, or should I say un-protection, of the environment. And I have been so proud of our bishops, pope Francis, and particularly Cardinal Turkson for not mincing words about the issue.
Here's an excerpt from a Reuter's news report today:
"This is a challenge for us," Cardinal Peter Turkson, the pope's point man for the environmental, immigration and development, when asked about Trump's executive order dismantling Obama-era climate change regulations and his immigration policies.
"Fortunately, in the United States, there are dissenting voices, people who are against Trump's positions," said Turkson, who is from Ghana and was one of the driving forces behind the pope's 2015 encyclical letter on environmental protection.
"This, for us, is a sign that little by little, other positions and political voices will emerge and so we hope that Trump himself will reconsider some of his decisions," Turkson told reporters at a breakfast meeting.
The pope and the Vatican, which has diplomatic relations with more than 180 countries and a permanent observer status at the United Nations, have strongly backed the international Paris Agreement in 2015 to curb world temperatures.
"We as a Church, are full of hope that (Trump's positions) will change," Turkson said, adding that he hoped "the president realizes that there sometimes can be a dissonance between reality and things said during the campaign."
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.