Update If you’re interested in this, please send this post to those you think may be interested.
Update 2 Please see the Classic Posts page for material on global warming, and so forth, with which I am well familiar.
I received a request from a prominent priest to “get a counter [Catholic Climate] declaration going”. About that, more below. He said the following email “was sent to my official pastor email address via the ‘Official Catholic Directory,'” about which he was none too pleased.
September 6, 2018
Dear Catholic leader:
On April 25, I wrote to you seeking your support for the U.S. Catholic Climate Declaration, a distinctly Catholic expression of the We Are Still In (WASI) campaign.
I am delighted to report that over 700 Catholic institutions have signed the declaration thus far, including 43 archdioceses and dioceses. I write today to thank those of you who have already signed and to make a second appeal to those who have not joined in this public witness for our common home.
Why this effort?
The WASI campaign is an effort to demonstrate America’s commitment to address climate change after President Trump announced on June 1, 2017 his intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. On that day, the U.S. bishops added their voice to the many groups expressing disappointment with this decision. A few days later, American civil society launched the We Are Still In campaign to show the world that America’s leaders stand by the Paris Agreement and are committed to meeting its goals. To date, over 3,400 institutions–including cities, states, tribes, businesses, investors, universities, non-profits, and places of worship–have joined the campaign, representing the largest cross-section of American society ever to support climate action.
The Catholic Climate Declaration is aligned with this effort yet elevates a distinctly Catholic expression by highlighting the moral imperative to protect and promote human life and human dignity, the poorest and most vulnerable peoples, and our common home. It also recognizes, as expressed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, that “global climate change is not about economic theory or political platforms, nor about partisan advantage or interest group pressures. It is about the future of God’s creation and the one human family.”
Catholic Teaching on Climate Change
Beginning with Saint John Paul in 1990, the Catholic Church has accepted the reality of human-forced climate change and expressed concern about the moral consequences of global warming. Our Church has repeatedly advocated for an international climate change agreement in response to this existential threat. The Paris Agreement is an international effort adopted by 195 nations and supported by the Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It establishes a framework to encourage nations to work to limit the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 oC above pre-industrial levels.
We hope you will join the Declaration as we seek to celebrate the U.S. Catholic community’s commitments in word and deed. From September 12-14, Dan Misleh, Executive Director of Catholic Climate Covenant, will be attending the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco and will announce the number of signers to the Declaration and highlighting some of the actions that our Catholic dioceses, parishes, religious communities, health care providers, universities, parochial schools, and other organizations are taking to address climate change. With your support we can demonstrate to the world the strength of our Catholic community’s commitment to the well-being of our common home and our common future.
If you wish to enroll your Catholic institution, organization or community, and/or sign on as an individual, please go to http://www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/catholic-climate-declaration.
We hope you will join us in this powerful witness to our Catholic faith.
Catholic Climate Covenant
415 Michigan Ave. NE, Suite 260, Washington, DC 20017
You can click the link and look at the high falutin panic “declaration.” My task is to write a counter. I’d like your help for suggestions about what such a thing would look like. And how it should be organized — if at all.
I’m tempted to write “There is no such thing as a Catholic teaching on climate change; plus, you have bigger things to worry about” and let it go at that. Both true and brief. But not convincing, I’m guessing.
Brief is good. The panic declaration is six short paragraphs. Anybody can read it. We should aim for five.
I do not think any petition does much good per se. Except, perhaps, to gain some publicity. And that’s all we would do, too.
So is it worth the effort? If so, what should we say? Any key points you think should be included, put in the comments. I’ll use what looks good.
If there is any enthusiasm at all, I’ll make a draft (writing by committee produces unreadable dreck), post it, and we can go from there.
Addendum 1 Cardinal Muller (fired by Francis):
For the real danger to today’s humanity is the greenhouse gases of sin and the global warming of unbelief and the decay of morality when no one knows and teaches the difference between good and evil. The best environmentalist and nature lover is the Gospel Herald that there is only survival with God, not just limited and soon, but forever and ever.
Addendum 2 Do NOT have anything to drink in hand while reading Fr Rutler’s explanation of the current plastic “crisis.”