We give thanks to God for the great gift of Pope Francis's encyclical letter Laudato Si

The Catholic Church speaks on this issue of faith and science not as some academic exercise, but because its affects human flourishing, and we’re called by God to defend the dignity of every woman, man and child.

Just as the Church is unafraid to defend the dignity of the child in the womb, we cannot be afraid to defend the dignity of those who are the victims of a global economy that kills through environmental exploitation, rampant consumerism, and structural inequalities.

What so many politicians seem to misunderstand, but that Francis, Benedict and the Church get is that protecting creation is first and foremost a religious issue.

The very first words of the Bible tell us that God himself is the creator of heaven and earth. God’s first home for us was a garden, and God’s first vocation for us was to be gardeners that protect, care, sustain and develop creation.

We agree with Francis that protecting creation and addressing climate change is a response to the God’s ancient request that we be good stewards of all that God has given us: clean air, fresh water and fruits of the harvest.

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