Essay ponders Santorum's environmental theology

Last week, former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum suggested that President Barack Obama is espousing a "radical environmental theology" not found in Christian or biblical teachings. But Patrick Carolan, executive director of the Franciscan Action Network, wonders what Santorum's own environmental theology is all about and why no one has asked him to explain it.

Carolan's essay has been posted on the Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good's website. He writes, "The radical environmental theology that Senator Santorum is accusing the president of practicing is the creation theology that recent Popes have supported in their preaching and writing ... the theology that the Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops supports. It is also the theology that St. Francis of Assisi taught."