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Good News for Earth: Keystone XL Proposal Rejected

Posted in Social Justice, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 19, 2012 by Daniel P. Horan, OFM

In what amounts to good news for social-justice advocates and for all those concerned about protecting the environment and the health and safety of many people, the Obama Administration has announced that it will reject the Keystone XL pipeline proposal that would extend an oil pipeline from Canada through the continental United States to refineries in Texas. Although his justification is allegedly the “rushed and arbitrary deadline” of the proposed project, President Obama’s actions are to be lauded by Christians, especially the many who have worked very hard to protest and prevent this dangerous project, including several of my brother Franciscan friars and students at Franciscan Catholic colleges and universities. The Washington Post reports:

President Obama, denouncing a “rushed and arbitrary deadline” set by congressional Republicans, announced Wednesday that he was rejecting a Canadian firm’s application for a permit to build and operate the Keystone XL pipeline, a massive project that would have stretched from Canada’s oil sands to refineries in Texas.

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Franciscan Friars and other Catholics Protest Oil Pipeline

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2011 by Daniel P. Horan, OFM

You may have first heard about the Keystone XL pipeline right here on the Dating God Podcast‘s first installment of our “Social Justice Report,” during which Br. Steve DeWitt explained why the transnational oil pipeline should be opposed. Today, Catholic New Service published an article about the protest and the same story was the lead story on NPR’s “All Things Considered” program this evening. Among those who have protested and risked arrest for purposes of peaceful civil disobedience are counted two of my Franciscan brothers, associate pastors of St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring, MD. Read the story below for more information, including the mention of both of them.

Catholics join hundreds in arrests over oil pipeline

By Dennis Sadowski, CNS

WASHINGTON — Maryknoll Father Jim Noonan hopes the five or so hours he spent in jail recently will be noticed by President Barack Obama.

A staff associate in the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, Father Noonan, 77, was among 65 people arrested Aug. 20 during the first day of a planned two-week protest to call attention to the environmental dangers he believes are posed by a proposed 1,711-mile pipeline to carry Canadian crude oil to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas.

Through Aug. 30, nearly 600 people had been arrested.

“I wanted to do anything I possibly could to be a voice,” Father Noonan told Catholic News Service three days after his arrest for participating in the first sit-in. “I wanted to ask the president please do not authorize this pipeline because your children and your grandchildren will rue the day that this was authorized.” Continue reading

Dating God Podcast #10 — Mike Hayes and first ‘Social Justice Report’

Posted in Dating God Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2011 by Daniel P. Horan, OFM

In this episode of the Dating God Podcast (1) We are joined by nationally known young adult minister Mike Hayes, author of the book “Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20s and 30s” (Paulist Press, 2007) and campus minister at the University at Buffalo; (2) We also have our first installment of the Dating God Podcast “Social Justice Report,” a regular segment on the podcast featuring contributors who share with us timely matters related to justice, peace and the environment. Br. Steve DeWitt, OFM, author of, joins us for the first “Social Justice Report” to talk with us about a pipeline proposal across the United States and Canada. Share your comments, suggestions or questions with us at

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For more information about Mike Hayes visit: Googling God Blog

For more information about the Keystone XL Pipeline discussed in the Dating God Podcast “Social Justice Report,” visit and You can learn more about Br. Steve, our “Social Justice Report” regular contributor, on his blog A Franciscan Abroad.

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