Protect Our Common Home
The Vatican announced a new Action Platform this week, a collaboration between the Vatican, an international coalition of Catholic organizations, and “all men and women of goodwill” to respond to Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for our common home.
Laudato si’ Week 2021, running May 16-25, will be the pinnacle of the Special Laudato si’ Anniversary Year and a celebration of the progress the Church has made on its journey toward ecological conversion. It will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and prepare for the future with hope.
What is needed is a politics which is far-sighted and capable of a new, integral and inter-disciplinary approach to handling the different aspects of the crisis….A healthy politics needs to be able to take up this challenge.
Cherishing the many natural blessings of the Golden State while expressing growing concern with escalating threats to our world, the Catholic Bishops of California have issued a pastoral statement calling on all people to “contribute to the ecological well-being of our state.”
In their recent pastoral statement, God Calls Us to Care for Our Common Home, the California Bishops asked all to heed the call to a spiritual conversion that respects our common home a
California has been blessed with great beauty. Through all creation, God is revealed. Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ calls us to rediscover in awe and wonder the beauty of creation. At the same time, we must respond to the cry of the earth in its suffering of our mistreatment of the natural world. On the fourth anniversary of Laudato Si’ we, the Bishops of California, are publishing this Pastoral Statement with a two-fold vision: to animate and energize the implementation of what we are called to do as we face the current crises in California and to offer a dynamic teaching tool that evangelizes our Catholic faith community and beyond to respond. In the context of our Catholic teaching on the theology of creation, we invite the people of California to reflect on ways we can more faithfully and effectively care for creation in thanksgiving to God for this great gift.
Pastoral Statement by the California Conference of Catholic Bishops On the fourth anniversary of Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
One-third of the parishes, offices and facilities of the Diocese of Monterey have gone solar, and the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz now draw on 100 percent carbon and nuclear-free energy largely thanks to efforts of local Catholics.
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
- Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good
- Catholic Climate Covenant
- Additional Resources