Visiting professor lectures on dignity of animals

first_imgFr. 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’last_img read more

Man Utd could lose Ighalo this summer, claims agent

first_img Loading… Manchester United  have been warned by football agent and former Nigeria player Abdul Sule that they could lose Odion Ighalo this summer with top European clubs eyeing up a transfer.Advertisement Ighalo’s Shanghai contract runs until New Year’s Eve 2021 but the Red Devils do have the option to buy in the next window, under the terms of his loan deal which expires on May 30.The 30-year-old took a 40 per cent pay cut on his mega £300,000-a- week contract to join United but as a boyhood fan of the club and the first Nigerian to ever play for them, he has no problem with that.United are yet to decide whether to make Ighalo’s Old Trafford move a permanent one but Sule reckons the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona will be ready to pounce if the Red Devils don’t act quickly.Sule told Goal: “I see Odion Ighalo earning a big-money move from top European teams when his loan expires at Manchester United.“I don’t think Man United are keen on retaining him because they seem not to value him enough to hand him a regular place. He also may not be wanted again when Marcus Rashford is fit.“I will not advise him to return to China now despite the attractive offer but would urge him to stay in Europe. I won’t be surprised if Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid or Barcelona come for him.“He has proven that he’s got a lot to offer at the highest level within his short stay at Man United and he can attract big brands and earn more money, playing in any of the top teams in England.“He can always still return to China later in his career but right now, I think he has what it takes to shine in Europe.”Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he could make Odion Ighalo’s Manchester United transfer permanent.Odion Ighalo has thrived for the Red Devils so far, netting four goals in eight appearancesRead Also: Ronaldo shares cute family pic to wish fans Happy EasterAnd the Nigeria ace is said to be happy to take a £6million hit to his annual salary to make his Old Trafford move a permanent one.Shanghai recently offered him a staggering new £400,000-a-week contract – throwing a permanent switch to United in doubt.The Chinese Super League outfit may want the loan star back for when the season resumes, which is reportedly due to restart on April 18 following a dramatic reduction in cases of coronavirus.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Nigeria striker has banged in four goals in eight appearances since arriving at Old Trafford from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January before the season was KO’d by the coronavirus crisis. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Michael, Huff earn weekly MPSF honors

first_imgAfter a strong 2-0 weekend for USC women’s lacrosse, the MPSF awarded senior attacker Michaela Michael and freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff Player of the Week honors on Monday.Michael earned her eighth career Offensive Player of the Week nod, while Huff received her first Rookie of the Week honor. Michael, a 2014 Rookie of the Week recipient, earned Offensive Player of the Week honors this week for her offensive explosions in the Trojans’ wins over Fresno State and Cal this past weekend. USC outscored the two teams by a combined score of 42-9 en route to raising its record to 9-3 on the season.This week’s award marks Michael’s third straight week being named the Offensive Player of the Week after winning the honor four times in 2016. Michael netted 10 goals, grabbed 17 draw controls and added an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover to help the Trojans maintain an undefeated 5-0 record at home in 2017.Against Cal, Michael took fewer than 20 minutes to score six goals, while against Fresno State, Michael took just five minutes to score a hat trick in a four-goal performance. Her 33rd and 34th career three-goal games moved Michael into third place in MPSF history with 196 career goals, and she currently sits in fifth all-time with 258 career points. As for first-year midfielder Huff, her Rookie of the Week honor means she joins fellow freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller as the only USC freshmen to earn the award. In her first year out ofEastport-South Manor High School, the two-time High School Academic All-American exploded with afive-goal performance, which included three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw win. Thanks to her five goals against the Bulldogs, Huff now ranks eighth on the team in points (14) and sixth in goals (13).Since USC debuted its varsity women’s lacrosse program in 2013, the Trojans have won 30 MPSF weekly honors (12 offensive, 10 defensive and eight rookie).USC also boasts numerous players vying for recognition in annual awards. After winning in 2015, Michael is making a strong case for yet another MSPF Player of the Year title with her team-leading 40 goals, 52 points and 76 draws controlled. Miller, a potential MPSF Rookie of the Year candidate, is giving Huff a run for her money with 29 points, 22 goals, 26 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and 19 draws controlled.But with five games left in the regular season, USC still has a long way until postseason awards are doled out. Next up, theninth-ranked Trojans (9-3, 3-0 MPSF) will travel to Oregon to battle the Ducks (7-5, 3-1) on Friday. Then they will head down to San Diego State to take on the Lady Aztecs (8-3, 2-1) on Saturday.last_img read more