Ten Commandments for the Environment: Pope Benedict XVI Speaks Out for Creation and Justice

Ten Commandments for the Environment: Pope Benedict XVI Speaks Out for Creation and Justice


Author: Woodene Koenig-Bricker
Publisher: Ave Maria
ISBN: 9781594712111
Format: Paperback
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Seasoned author and journalist Woodeene Koenig-Bricker skillfully weaves together Pope Benedict’s key statements on environmental justice into one volume. Additionally, she offers commentary that helps to unpack the ‘Ten Commandments for the Environment’, which were recently released by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Koenig-Bricker helps us understand an environmentally responsible lifestyle as a moral responsibility to protect the poor, who suffer most when climate change creates a shortage of resources. With practical, everyday ideas for reducing one’s ecological footprint, this book is a must-read for those seeking the inspiration that the Holy Father radiates to a new generation of Catholics.


Woodeene Koenig-Bricker is a journalist who has written extensively about spirituality and family for magazines such as McCall’s, Family Circle, Working Parents, Marriage and Family, Catholic Digest, and Our Sunday Visitor. She is a former editor of Catholic Parent magazine and author of several books.


“Ten Commandments for the Environment is a timely and rich resource of the teaching of the Holy Father and Vatican officials concerning the stewardship of our planet Earth. As the teaching of the Catholic Church on the environment continues to expand, this collection of quotations and theological reflections provides a valuable foundation for further development and vision for the future.” Most Rev William S Skylstad, Diocese of Spokane.

“Woodeene Koenig-Bricker has done a great service by drawing together from many sources Pope Benedict’s teaching on creation and environmental responsibility, and showing how through diplomatic interventions, pastoral initiatives, social teaching and the engineering of Vatican City itself his papacy is fully engaged in the green revolution.” Drew Christiansen, SJ, Editor-in-Chief, America.

“The Catholic Church has often been slow to engage on issues – but once engaged, it can be a powerful force. In this volume, the current pope shows not only an understanding of the science behind the environmental problems now overwhelming us, but also a subtle and useful grasp of the way they are rooted in a consumer mentality. That message is neither liberal nor conservative – it is just plain hopeful.” Bill McKibben, Author of Deep Economy.


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