Roman Catholic Resources
Let the waters teem with an abundance
of living creatures.
Genesis 1: 20
Teachings & Articles
Catholic teachings emphasize the need to care for ocean systems and marine life because they are gifts of God's creation but also because as they are polluted, we are all harmed. These are life issues. The coastal peoples who lack affluence suffer the most from ocean pollution and rising seas. They depend most deeply upon the oceans for their livelihoods, seafood, and so much more. Their homes are demolished from hurricanes and storm surges from the melting sea ice creating rising tides. Here are key Catholic documents on oceans and guidance for teaching and action needed now!
Pope Francis's letter "Our Oceans, Oceans for Life"
Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home
"Pope Francis and the Ocean" on World Ocean Radio
"5 teachings from the Pope on our struggling oceans" by Douglas Rader, Chief Oceans Scientist at Environmental Defense Fund
"A Christian obligation to confront climate change" by Cardinal John Ribad
Caring for Creation, Caring for the Poor--lessons for teaching youth
Catholic resources for teaching Laudato Si from The Pastoral Center
Following St. Francis: John Paul II's Call for Ecological Action
This book provides St. John Paul II's deep legacy of calling the world and Catholics to "ecological conversion" in the name of faith and caring for the poor. This book provides his teachings on 12 ecological issues, with quotations, scientific support, and stories of application and hope. It includes Pope Francis's first year of ecological teachings, a great preparation for his Laudato Si.
This organization provides a wide range of resources for diocese, parishes, Catholic schools, seminarians, and individual believers, including the St. Francis Pledge.
is a resource website for teaching resources for congregations and for children, including--Creation Care Kids.
Eco Jesuit connecting Jesuits, people, and ecology, sponsoring iEcoStream of ecology-faith news articles and the free interactive online science textbook Healing Earth. There is also the coalition Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) and Flights for Forests, a way to offset air flights with forest plantings.
Franciscan Action Network works on climate justice as one of its social justice and pro-life programs.
This blog keeps Catholics apprised of current ecological issues, events, and statements.
Catholic Rural Life Institute, with an emphasis on Stewardship, especially in terms of those who make their living off farming and livestock.
his organization provides a wide collection of Catholic teachings and quotations on ecology. It also serves as a retreat center.
Let us protect the oceans,
part of the
vital for our water supply
and the variety of living creatures!
Pope Francis, tweet, June 8, 2016