The beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator and ought to inspire the respect and submission of man’s intellect and will. (CCC, 341)
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. (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
As we celebrate Earth Day and look forward to Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the environment this summer, explore these resources on care for God’s creation.
USCCB’s Environmental Justice Program (motivates Catholics to a deeper reverence and respect for God’s creation, and encourages Catholics to address environmental problems, especially as they affect poor and vulnerable people.)
Protecting Creation, A Christian Responsibility (Pope Francis’ Homily, February 9, 2015)
Catholic Climate Covenant (St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor)
Global Climate Change Backgrounder (From the USCCB)
Climate Change is a Moral Issue (Column from Archbishop Thomas Wenski)