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"I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in
economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us
be 'protectors' of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature,
protectors of one another and of the environment."
- Pope Francis, Inauguration, 3/19/13
The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the discussion of environmental questions, by lifting up the moral dimensions of these issues and the needs of the most vulnerable among us. This unique contribution is rooted in Catholic teaching calling us to care for creation and for "the least of these." (Mt 25:40) Of particular concern to the Church is how environmental problems and our response to these challenges will affect poor and vulnerable people at home and around the world.
In response to Pope John Paul II's groundbreaking 1990 World Day of Peace message entitled Peace With God the Creator, Peace With All of Creation, the full body of U.S. Catholic bishops adopted their first statement on the environment, Renewing the Earth: An Invitation to Reflection and Action on Environment in Light of Catholic Social Teaching.In this foundational statement the bishops draw attention to the ethical dimensions of the ecological crisis, exploring the link between ecology and poverty and the implications of environmental degradation for human life and dignity.
Building on the commitment made by the U.S. bishops in their 1991 statement Renewing the Earth, the Environmental Justice Program (EJP) of the USCCB was created in 1993 to educate and motivate Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God's creation, and to encourage Catholics to address environmental problems, particularly as they affect poor and vulnerable people. EJP acts as a resource for Catholic dioceses and state Catholic conferences, and through them Catholic parishes.
Coalition Letter to Senate in support of Amendment (#1856) to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392)
This amendment would create an energy-efficiency pilot program for non-profit organizations.
Summary of Moral Principles from Bishops' Committee Energy Statement, Reflections on the Energy Crisis
A Statement by the USCCB Committee on Social Development and World Peace, April 2, 1981
Letter to Senate Subcommittee on Energy on The Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, June 24, 2013
New Resources for the Feast of St. Francis 2013 - Melting Ice, Mending Creation: a Catholic Approach to Climate Change
Friending Planet Earth: Helping Youth Understand Solidarity and Sustainability in Light of Climate Change
Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration
St. Francis Care for Creation Award
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