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Care for our Common Home Resources

Read introductions to the US Bishops' statements...

Renewing the Earth: An Invitation to Reflection and Action on Environment in Light of Catholic Social Teaching

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Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good

Catholic Climate Covenant

Care for Our Common Home

"God destined the earth and all it contains for all people and nations so that all created things would be shared fairly by all humankind under the guidance of justice tempered by charity."

The Church in the Modern World, #69

  • We believe that the Earth is “Our Common Home”.  Our ecological future depends upon us all.  As such we must be good stewards of the planet entrusted to our care.
  • We affirm that water is vital; indispensable for human life and supporting healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies. It is essential to manage water wisely through both times of plenty and scarcity.
  • We support measures that respect our world’s climate as a common good, belonging to all and meant for all, which must be preserved and protected.
  • We advocate for environmental justice that embraces subsidiarity and global solidarity when addressing ecological issues, so as to hear both the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.

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April 6, 2016 Care for Our Common Home, Human Dignity

The Diocese of Stockton, in the heart of California’s Central Valley and facing immense environmental challenges, has joined the Catholic Climate Covenant as well as other Catholic and faith groups in filing an amicus brief in support of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal standards on carbon pollution from power plants.

September 11, 2015 Care for Our Common Home, Human Dignity

"The California Catholic Conference is pleased with the passage of SB 350 and is asking Gov. Brown to sign this important measure of environmental stewardship.

September 3, 2015 Care for Our Common Home, Human Dignity

With the State Senate debating two momentous environmental bills and the Pope declaring September 1 as a Day of Prayer for creation, legislators, California Bishops and representatives from national Catholic organizations engaged in an hours-long dialogue this week to examine the principles outlined in the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ (On the Care for Our Common Home.)

July 9, 2015 Care for Our Common Home, Human Dignity

“The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home.”

Pope Francis. Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home 2015

June 18, 2015 Care for Our Common Home, Human Dignity

In Laudato Si, a letter addressed to all the people of the world, Pope Francis presents a clear and compelling case for placing people at the center of a renewed commitment to caring for the planet.

“We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.  Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.”  [139]

June 15, 2015 Care for Our Common Home, Human Dignity

Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!

Homily at His Inauguration

June 15, 2015 Care for Our Common Home, Human Dignity

The beauty of the universe: the order and harmony of the created world results from the diversity of beings and from the relationships which exist among them. Man discovers them progressively as the laws of nature. They call forth the admiration of scholars. the beauty of creation reflects the infinite beauty of the Creator and ought to inspire the respect and submission of man's intellect and will.  

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 341

June 15, 2015 Care for Our Common Home, Human Dignity

Saint Francis's Canticle of All Creatures

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

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