Catholics on Climate Change

Hosts John O’Keefe and Wendy M. Wright interview their colleague Dr. Richard Miller on the topic of the Church and climate change.

Many Catholics are unaware that the Church supports strong climate action by governments. Likewise the traditions of Catholic Social Teaching have recently been expanded to insist that Catholics have a moral duty to protect creation similar to their duty to care for the poor.

This new teaching can be seen in Pope Benedict’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate and in his recent (January 2010) World Day of Peace message, If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation.

Listeners may also benefit from visiting the web site of the Catholic Climate Covenant, whose director we interviewed last year on this program.

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