CAPP-USA sponsored a lecture at Fordham University by Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. Speaking on the topic, “Pope Francis and the United Nations on the Environment,” the Archbishop emphasized that the environment is a principal concern of both Pope Francis and the United Nations.
His address built on several fundamental themes in Catholic Social Teaching such as the “common good” and the “common destination of the goods of the earth.” He argued that consistent with Pope Francis’ concept of integral ecology, “we must be concerned with injuries to our planet and the irresponsible treatment of other living beings.” He also argued that “we must resist…ideologies that focus.. on protecting the planet… while allowing offenses against human dignity.”
Archbishop Auza’s talk covered issues of consumerism, ideological colonialism, whether market forces could adequately safeguard the environment as well as the need for “decisive” political action.
His full and complete written remarks can be found here.
CAPP-USA wants to publicly acknowledge and thank Fordham Professor and CAPP-USA Board member, Henry Schwalbenberg, for coordinating this event, Fordham University for hosting it, the Cassamarca Foundation for making it possible, and Archbishop Bernardito Auza for his outstanding presentation.