Author: Richard Pütz

  • We need to become civilized

    As Catholics, for that matter all Christians, we must realize abortion is not the cause but a symptom of much greater ills in our society and culture. If we want to reduce or even end abortion, we start with understanding the teachings of Jesus, the early followers in the first two centuries, (pre-empire church) we […]

  • Green Junction: How exactly can carbon dioxide be removed from the air?By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    A recent statement by the United States Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, suggests that one of the many ways to address climate change is through the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. “..removing legacy carbon pollution from the air through direct air capture and safely storing it is an essential weapon in our fight […]

  • Green Junction: Carbon footprints By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Leaders from countries with the largest carbon footprints recently met to discuss last November’s climate goals in Glasgow. An overall conclusion was that the necessary actions to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change are not being implemented fast enough.  As an example, the world used 9% more coal in 2021 than in 2020. While we look […]

  • Green Junction: The Band Coldplay by Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Many people and organizations are making the critical changes that are required for a sustainable planet. My students recently brought to my attention the eco-responsible actions of the music group Coldplay on their current world tour. The British band started their eco-friendly world tour this past March in Costa Rica, a country that the band […]

  • Green Junction: Amazon~not the rain forrest. By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Amazon, the giant, US-based, e-commerce company recently had its annual shareholders’ meeting. One discussion point was a proposal to report the company’s plastic use and determine the benefits of reducing plastic. With only 48% of shareholders voting in favor of evaluating the company’s plastic usage/waste, the proposal fell short of the majority and was rejected. […]

  • Green Junction: Plastic is expected to double over the next 20 years. By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    According to the World Economic Forum, the production of plastic is expected to double over the next 20 years. Half of the plastics in our world now have been made over the past two decades. The accumulated amount of plastic materials manufactured since 1950 is over 9 billion tons, which some researchers describe as over […]

  • Two Quotes from Thomas Merton: Do we understand violence?

    These two quotes from Thomas Merton are key to understanding and discovering the root cause of violence in our society. Violence is a symptom. A symptom generated by the root cause. If we only treat the symptom it will never end, we must as a society treat the root cause. Treating the root cause of […]

  • Secret Revelation of John

    There are hundreds of gospels and related texts about the movement of the early followers of Jesus in the first three centuries. We have given them many names, such as gnostic gospels and Apocrypha writings. Given our modern-day political environment, we find similar situations exist in churches & the political world of the early followers of Jesus […]

  • Green Junction: Masks are becoming vogue again By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Health protection measures throughout the pandemic have involved an enormous amount of one-use plastics. These have included personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, gowns), take-home food packaging, test kits, syringes, wipes, and more, unfortunately intensifying the global plastic waste problem. Billions of disposable masks, mostly made of a plastic called polypropylene, have been used and thrown […]

  • Written in the 60s… But…

    Thomas Merton’s voice is heard decades after his death. Maybe it has a lot to do with human nature and who we are, and who we think we should be in the world we live. I often wonder what Merton would think today if he were alive about Propaganda. The 60s really didn’t have the […]