- Rick Bonetti
Care For Our Common Home
Catholics care about climate change!
Since 1991 US Catholic Bishops have been calling for action addressing global warming.
In 2006, to address growing ecological awareness and the need to implement Catholic social teaching on ecology within the US Church, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) helped form Catholic Climate Covenant. The Catholic Climate Covenant "inspires and equips people and institutions to care for creation and care for the poor." Through their 20 national partners, they guide the U.S. [Catholic] Church's response to climate change by educating, giving public witness, and offering resources."
In May 2015 Pope Francis published the encyclical Laudato Si’: Care for Our Common Home,” It focuses on care for the natural environment and all people, as well as broader questions of the relationship between God, humans, and the Earth.
In November 2020, Pope Francis invited young people around the world to gather virtually to consider ways of making the economy of today and tomorrow, fair, sustainable, and inclusive. The Economy of Francesco gathering, inspired by the example of St. Francis of Assisi, featured workshops, seminars, and lectures with leading experts in economics, sustainable development, and the social sciences, including Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus."
The Vatican describes the Economy of Francesco as “a different economy, one that helps people live and does not kill, that includes and does not exclude, that humanizes rather than dehumanizes, that takes care of creation and does not plunder it.”
On November 16, 2022 Catholic Climate Covenant had a Zoom webinar, now on YouTub, featuring Catholic entrepreneurs, activists, and movement leaders who are answering Pope Francis' call to build a new, moral economy -- one that "centers on the vulnerable and most marginalized and cares for creation."
You may ask to join the Laudato si' private Facebook page. whose purpose is to study Pope Francis' encyclical, "Laudato si': On Care for Our Common Home," They also gather weekly on FB Chat every Thursday for "a lively discussion, inspired by the Old Testament as interpreted in the Eco Bible and through our modern experiences. On January 19, 2023 the Laudato si' Facebook Group will discuss the book "Sacred Cow" Click here for a link to their Thursday chats; you will receive an email with the reading and the Zoom link.