World leaders are still reacting to the decision by President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Bishop Oscar Cantú, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, stresses that, although the Paris agreement is not the only possible mechanism for addressing global carbon mitigation, the lack of a current viable alternative is a serious concern. (See the full statement here.)
This month is the second anniversary of the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’. Catholic Rural Life (CRL) hopes that President Trump will read this teaching document issued by Pope Francis–and given as a gift to the president at their meeting in Rome on May 24. We are called to promote the common good and to live in solidarity with the poor and with future generations. Care for God’s good gift of creation is integral to those moral commitments.
CRL will continue to advocate for policies that respond to “both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Laudato Si’ no. 49). CRL will also continue to schedule their workshops around the country to aid in educating the public about the Church’s teaching on care for creation. Click here for more information.