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Letters needed: Write newspaper editors on care for our common home

September 29, 2017 by Kevin Mauer

Catholic Climate Covenant initiative elevates our moral voice

With the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi coming up on October 4, we’re partnering with the Catholic Climate Covenant in a letter-to-the-editor campaign across Virginia. We are happy to provide authors with talking points and letter placement. Contact Kevin Mauer, associate director, at kevin@vacatholic.org to participate.

Our Church teaches us of our moral obligation to seek the common good for our common home, which includes concern for the atmosphere we all breathe and rely on for stable weather patterns. In fact, the Catholic Church has been a leading voice in search of solutions for as long as scientists have observed climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions. In 1990, Pope St. John Paul II identified the ecological crisis as “a moral issue” and warned that the greenhouse effect causing the planet to warm “has now reached crisis proportions as a consequence of industrial growth.” Urging respect for the universe’s natural order, he said, “The human person, endowed with the capability of choosing freely, has a grave responsibility to preserve this order for the well-being of future generations.” Twenty-five years later, Pope Francis wrote in Laudato Si’ that climate change remains “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”

This issue, said the U.S. Bishops in 2001, “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.” Just last week, they reiterated this position by calling upon Congress to create a bipartisan Climate Solutions Commission which would seek to find policy fixes from across the political spectrum.

Sharing our popes’ and bishops’ concern, we invite you to lend your distinctly Catholic moral voice to the public square!
 

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In prayer and in public, your voices are urgently needed to bring Gospel values to bear on vital decisions being made by those who represent you.

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The Virginia Catholic Conference is the public policy agency representing Virginia’s Catholic bishops and their two dioceses.

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