Fr. Denis Edwards, a professorial fellow in theology at Australian Catholic University, examined Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato si’, during a lecture Monday evening at Geddes Hall. In his talk, Edwards focused on the value the encyclical places on nonhuman creatures.In the past, Edwards said, it was largely believed that there should be “no ethical commitment to animals because they are there for human use.” Edwards said the encyclical contradicts this, since it places an inherent value on the life of an animal.“We must recognize that they have intrinsic value,” Edwards said. “They have value before God, their creator. They give glory to God by being what they are.”As a result, this makes our overconsumption of animals morally wrong, Edwards said.“Because of our human actions, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence nor convey their message to us,” he saidIn order to prevent further extinctions, Edwards said, we must stop viewing animals as solely a resource for humans to exploit.“See other creatures as having their own God-given meaning and value, and so as demanding respect, protection and love from human beings,” Edwards said.Further, Edwards said we should respect animal life because the natural world, which nonhuman creatures are a part of, can reveal God.“We are called to find God in all things, to be open to discover the divine presence in all the creatures we encounter,” Edwards said.Since every creature is a part of the natural world, every unique creature is vitally important to the appearance of God in the natural world, and must be treated as such.“The manifestation of God in the natural world requires a multitude of diverse creatures. … Divine goodness necessarily transcends the limit of any one creature, and the diversity represents the fullness of God,” Edwards said.Edwards explored the idea presented in the encyclical that both human and nonhuman creatures combine to form what the encyclical calls a “sublime communion.” In this context, Edwards said sublime refers to “what is totally beyond us, to what is full of mystery, to what is incomprehensible.”Because of this, Edwards said, the sublime communion supports the idea that “the mystery of Christ is at work in a hidden manner in the natural world.”As mysterious as this work is, it must relate to the coexistence and harmony of both humans and nonhumans in the natural world, he said.“This is the basis of our conviction that, as part of the universe, called into being by one father, all of us are linked by unseen bonds and together form a kind of universal family, a sublime communion which fills us with a sacred, affectionate and humble respect,” he said. Tags: Denis Edwards, laudato si’
Image courtesy of Flex LNGFlex LNG, the company controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen and an emerging player in the LNG shipping business, saw another one of its newbuilds hit the water at the South Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard. Flex LNG noted in a brief statement through its social media channels that the newbuilding number 2480, to be named Flex Resolute, has been launched on January 5.Flex Resolute is a 173,400 cbm two-stroke vessel fitted with a full reliquefaction system (MEGI-FRS) giving a boil off rate (BOR) of 0.035 percent.Once fully refurbished and mobilized the vessel will be available for business in the third quarter of 2020.The vessel is being built in tandem with the Flex Artemis, a 173,400-cbm LNG carrier fitted with a high-pressure two-stroke slow-speed propulsion system (ME-GI) that will serve the long-term charter with Gunvor following delivery scheduled for August 2020.
Chelsea boss Mourinho is under considerable pressure after a poor start to the season in which the champions have lost five of their opening 10 Barclays Premier League games. The support of Pellegrini may come as a surprise, given the apparent enmity between the pair in the past, but the Manchester City boss expects the man who has called him ‘Pellegrino’ to bounce back strongly. Press Association But Pellegrini expressed no schadenfreude when the subject of Chelsea’s current plight was raised at his latest press conference. After winning the title in 2014 and then failing to mount a strong defence the following season, Pellegrini knows some of the difficulties Mourinho is presently experiencing. He said: “Maybe some (players) relax. You don’t want it to happen, but it normally does. It’s difficult to repeat it. “And all the other teams who couldn’t win it last season become stronger because they don’t want to be two years without winning silverware. You have five very strong teams here in England and they can all win the title.” Pellegrini said: “All managers have a moment in their career, in their season, a bad moment – it’s normal. “So I hope, because he’s a very important manager, that he will arrange his team. I think he’s already demonstrated what he can do – he’s the champion of the Premier League this year. “I always say mathematics show when you can do it and when you can’t and we still have enough points to play for. I am sure they will be involved in the title (race) for the first position. I am sure they will continue to be a very strong team. “They are not in their best moment but I am sure they will improve.” The perceived animosity between Pellegrini and Mourinho dates back to when the latter succeeded the former as Real Madrid boss in 2010 and later derided the Chilean’s subsequent move to Malaga. “If they get rid of me, I won’t be going to coach Málaga,” Mourinho said. “I will go to a big club in the Premier League or Serie A.” The pair have regularly jousted verbally since and not always shook hands after games. While Mourinho has referred to his rival as ‘Pellegrino’ and hit out over comments about referees, the City boss has compared Chelsea unflatteringly to Stoke. Manuel Pellegrini has backed rival manager Jose Mourinho to turn his season around and get Chelsea back into the title race.
This Saturday, Badgers head coach Bret Bielema will enter the Big House for Wisconsin’s Big Ten season opener, attempting to become just the second UW coach since 1919 to begin his career with four consecutive victories.However, a historic fourth win, elusive to many Wisconsin coaches including the legendary Barry Alvarez, will be difficult to record.The Badgers face many unique obstacles when they travel to Ann Arbor to face the No. 6 Wolverines. To start, the Badgers’ inexperience means most have not played at Michigan Stadium, the largest and one of the most intimidating places to play for a visiting team.But Bielema dispelled concerns about not playing well because of such a distinctively large and hostile atmosphere.”There has been a lot said about Michigan Stadium and all that goes with it,” the first-year head coach said. “I do know that as someone who has been in that stadium, it’s not a place where good things can’t happen for visiting teams.”Week 3 MVPsBielema handed out the coaching staff’s Players of the Week for the third game of the season. Tight end Andy Crooks was the offensive selection, who contributed more than just his one catch for 11 yards on the day.”[It was] probably his most complete game of the year to this point,” Bielema said of the SDSU game. “[He] made a great catch down there in the red zone, as well as did some things in the blocking schemes and protected our quarterback.”On the defensive side, linebacker Mark Zalewski shared honors with defensive tackle Jason Chapman, who Bielema praised for his ball-hawking ability against the Aztecs.”Jason, in particular, of all his games to this point really got off the football, got some penetration,” Bielema said. “He [also] caused that sack later on that really backed them up.”Punt returner Zach Hampton, who also fills in at free safety and on punt coverages, received Special Teams Player of the Week honors.”He gets his most notoriety for his ability to catch the football with a little bit of traffic,” Bielema said. “We have tried to instill in him the thought of a fair catch is not a bad thing every once in a while.”Rounding out the award winners were Offensive Scout Player of the Week Allan Evridge and second-time nomination Terrance Jamison for Defensive Scout Player of the Week.Coming in as the underdogWhile the young Badger coach acknowledges that the talent-laden Wolverines are favored in next week’s game, he downplayed any idea that the Badgers would not be able to compete against the highly ranked Wolverines.”According to the way things work out, every game is going have someone that is favored and somebody who is the underdog,” Bielema said. “So if we are the underdog this week, it’s probably a new position for us, but its not going to change up the approach we have.”The last time the Badgers upset a Michigan team ranked this high was over 25 years ago, when they beat the then top-ranked Wolverines 21-14 in Madison. Even though history is against him, and Bielema acknowledges Michigan as a very worthy and competitive opponent, he sees reason to be optimistic.”What I see from Michigan is there are a group of players that have experience, and they are able to execute,” Bielema said. “The great thing is, the reason we play on Saturday is to give everyone a chance, it’s 11 on 11.”Injury ReportBadgers defensive end Jamal Cooper (shoulder), who sat out last week’s game against San Diego State, has resumed practicing with the team and is expected to play against Michigan, according to Bielema.Meanwhile, defensive lineman Justin Ostrowski (knee) remains out indefinitely.”Justin Ostrowski, on the other hand, will be held out of this game,” Bielema said. “[He’ll be out] for an extended period of time, and that really doesn’t look to change in the near future.”
MORE: Week 16 NFL playoff clinching scenariosBelow are the two clinching scenarios this week in front of Baltimore, which already has clinched the AFC North title.How Ravens clinch a first-round bye:Ravens win or tie ORChiefs loss or tie ORPatriots lossHow Ravens clinch No. 1 seed, home-field advantage:Ravens win ORRavens tie AND Patriots loss or tie ORChiefs loss or tie AND Patriots lossThe most likely scenario for the Ravens in Week 16 is one that would clinch them both a first-round bye and the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs — a simple win over the division-rival Browns.Baltimore, which lost to Cleveland earlier this season and provided one of the most confusing game results of the 2019 season, is a 10-point road favorite in the rematch. In both our Week 16 picks against the spread and our Week 16 picks straight up, Sporting News projected a Ravens victory that would earn them the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.MORE: How Steelers can earn a wild cardThe last time Baltimore earned a first-round bye in the playoffs, in 2011, it beat Houston in the divisional round before losing the AFC championship game on the road in New England. The next season, of course, the Ravens won their wild-card home game against the Colts before reeling off two road victories, the second of which avenged their title-game loss to the Pats, en route to their Super Bowl victory over the 49ers. Naturally, the best team in the NFL has the first chance of the season to clinch a No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The only reason the 12-2 Ravens had to wait until Week 16 for such a clinching scenario is the fact that the 12-3 Patriots remain just a game behind in the NFL playoff picture.Baltimore being able to secure the top seed in the AFC is one of many NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 16, but it’s arguably the most significant. The Ravens have only one home loss this season, a fluke of a defeat at the hands of the division-rival Browns. In the playoffs, Lamar Jackson will be difficult enough for potential opponents like the Patriots and Chiefs to contain; he’ll be even more of a pain at M&T Bank Stadium in January. Below is the full playoff picture for Week 16.NFL playoff pictureAFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.Baltimore Ravens12-2Division; playoff berth2.New England Patriots12-3Division; playoff berth3.Kansas City Chiefs10-4Division; playoff berth4.Houston Texans10-5Division; playoff berth5.Buffalo Bills10-5Playoff berth6.Pittsburgh Steelers8-6-In the hunt: Titans (8-6), Browns (6-8), Raiders (6-8)NFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.Seattle Seahawks11-3Playoff berth2.Green Bay Packers11-3Playoff berth3.New Orleans Saints11-3Division; playoff berth4.Dallas Cowboys7-7-5.San Francisco 49ers11-3Playoff berth6.Minnesota Vikings10-4-In the hunt: Rams (8-6), Eagles (7-7)