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Catholic Environmentalism: Embracing Creation with Incarnational Nerve

To be human on this side of eternity—indeed to be any embodied creature in this realm—is to live by the death of other creatures. And, yet, some in the contemporary environmental movement are persuaded that ending the life of other living beings is inherently immoral. Indeed, some hold that animals in their innocence are endowed with more rights than humans. 

Despite our tradition’s adamant focus on protecting all life, the Catholic Church does not share this perspective. In my latest column at Catholic World Report,I reflect a little on why that is. In so doing, I contend that it is linked to a characteristic found in Catholicism but absent in secular environmentalism—a trait that Norman Wirzba aptly refers to as “incarnational nerve.”

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Matthew Ramage

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